Eisenklam Selected as CCPS Nominee for Technology Leader in Education Award
Release Date: 3/8/2010 1:17:54 PM
Michael Eisenklam, principal at Eldersburg Elementary School, has been selected as the Carroll County Public School System’s nominee for the Maryland Outstanding Technology Leader in Education Award. This award is presented by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology to recognize an educator outside the classroom who has made exemplary contributions to the implementation of technology in Maryland’s schools.
Nominees are selected based on a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to maximize student learning and enhancement of professional practice and productivity through the use of technology. Other criteria include the facilitation of collaborative efforts to advance the use of technology and demonstration of impact on and involvement on technology use in education.
Eisenklam has been an active member of the Carroll County Public Schools Technology Advisory Council, whose members wrote the CCPS Technology Implementation Plan. He worked with the Council to develop county-based procedures that address legal, social, and ethical issues as they relate to technology and continues to communicate with members about new and emerging research. He also has made presentations to other principals and provided high quality professional development.
Eldersburg Elementary School has received approximately $8,000 in grant funding to promote a professional development program entitled Tech Savvy, which supports the practical implementation of technology in the classroom. Eisenklam uses technology as a tool to learn among students and staff. As a result, Eldersburg staff members are becoming leaders in the implementation of best practices for instruction, and student achievement is among the best in the state.
According to Donn Hicks, Supervisor of Elementary Education, “Mike is known for the way he promotes technology and the way he models the use of it in his building.” Eisenklam designed a digital survey of the school staff to identify content for job-embedded professional development, written digital content into curricula, and created set-up and implementation of Wii-motes for students.
In addition, he has worked with the Departments of Technology Services and Curriculum and Staff Development to pilot interactive whiteboard technologies and several other countywide technology programs. He also implemented an annual “FunRun” fundraiser to support Eldersburg’s school improvement initiatives and provide additional resources to purchase technology.