November 20, 2008 10:48 ET

SETDA Honors Dr. Joseph B. Morton, Alabama State Superintendent of Public Instruction, With 2008 State Policy Maker Award

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - During the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)'s meeting, "Education Forum: Bold Steps for America's Students," Dr. Joseph B. Morton, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Alabama, was honored for his outstanding vision for education and for his leadership in the use of educational technology to position Alabama's students to compete in the 21st Century.

Dr. Morton's educational technology achievements include securing increased funding for technology in classrooms, library enhancement, and professional development for teachers and administrators as well as implementing the Alabama Supercomputer Authority -- connectivity for K-20. Dr. Morton also was instrumental in promoting distance learning, the creation and implementation of the Alabama Reading Initiative, and other forward-looking policy initiatives regarding graduation requirements. Alabama leads the nation in students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and has seen significant increases in math and reading scores.

In Dr. Morton's own words, "The use of technology, combined with effective teaching, is what is necessary to keep students competitive with their counterparts and prepared for life after high school."

According to Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., SETDA's Executive Director, "Dr. Morton provides an exemplary model of effective state leadership, turning vision into action through thoughtful and intelligent collaboration with legislators and by surrounding himself with dedicated and experienced staff. His policy decisions have made a long term difference for students in Alabama and across the nation."

"Dr. Morton is a visionary leader in creating new 21st Century learning environments and he crafts policies that support increased achievement for Alabama students," said Dr. Melinda Maddox, SETDA member from Alabama.


The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal organization for state directors of technology and their staff that provides professional development and leadership in the effective use of technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce.

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    Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D.
    SETDA Executive Director
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