2018 Technology Leader of the Year
Dr. Schroder is the principal of Arthur Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Despite having more than 90% qualifying for the Free and Reduced School Lunch Program, the staff at Arthur Elementary engage in instructional practices whereby the pace of learning and instructional approach are optimized for the needs of each learner. As a result of her leadership, she has fostered the adoption of personalized learning using instructional technology as the conduit to maximize relevancy and student interests. Dr. Schroeder ensures a learner-centered environment and that students are equipped with 1:1 technology, digital learning resources, and differentiated support to meet the individual and diverse needs of all learners.
In addition, her school has the honor and distinction of being the singular Oklahoma State entity to receive the designation of Common Sense School recognized by Common Sense Education. She actively models and facilitates understanding of social, ethical and legal issues and responsibilities related to an ever evolving digital ecosystem. Digital Citizenship is a core tenet of Arthur’s mission statement in which students are expected to become digital-age citizens.
Moreover, Dr. Schroeder promotes and participates in face-to-face and online learning communities that stimulate innovation, creativity, educational advocacy, and digital age collaboration. This is evident by her leadership role in the yearly EdCampOKC event and her active participation in the weekly #oklaed Twitter chat, where she has served as guest moderator. Furthermore, she was a featured webinar presenter with the State Educational Technology Directors Association covering the topic of addressing the increasing problem of the homework gap.
Notwithstanding the fact that she has proven her ability to establish and leverage strategic partnerships to ensure equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners, she also insists that all instructional resources meet accessibility standards for all students. To address the homework gap, Dr. Schroeder has fiercely advocated for extended learning opportunities by actively encouraging students to take devices home so that they can extend the learning environment beyond the 4 walls of the classrooms and extend the 6-hour day.
Professional Learning is one of her secret ingredients to ensuring maximum teacher effectiveness with both the integration of technology and the ongoing sustained efforts to continually acquire and hone pedagogical practice. In fact, Arthur Elementary has more hours viewed and activities completed in our district’s self-paced!
Professional Learning Management System than any other of our district’s 76 school buildings. Her teachers actively seek out new Professional Learning opportunities in order to better their craft of professional educators. In closing, I am confident that Dr. Schroeder will exceed your expectations and will carry this honor with class and distinction. She has my highest unqualified recommendation for this prestigious award. Please reach out should you require additional information regarding her capabilities as an instructionally innovative leader.