David Couch stands beside the quilt he received for being named the Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE).
Kentucky’s education technology system received excellent marks in this year’s edition of Technology Counts, a publication of Education Week.
Kentucky tied for fifth in the nation in the overall technology grade given by Technology Counts and was one of two states identified as the best at integrating technology into curriculum and classrooms. Kentucky received an A- in the category of Use of Technology and an A in Capacity to Use. The state’s Access to Technology grade was a C, due primarily to the age of the workstations in Kentucky schools. Kentucky's grade next year should improve because of the Instructional Device Upgrade (IDU) project and other initiatives.
The federal Education Rate (E-Rate) program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and Kentucky is one of the top 10 states in the amount of rebate funds received per student. The E-Rate program provides discounts to schools and libraries to help them obtain telecommunications equipment and Internet access services. It is one of four education support programs funded through a universal service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.
Kentucky has benefited from $300 million since the E-Rate program began. Staff in the Office of Education Technology (OET), including Phil Coleman, Kim Duvall, Mary Beth Carter, Mike Leadingham and the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS) engineers, have worked diligently with Kentucky school districts over the years to make the program a success.
David Couch is Outstanding Leader in Technology
David Couch, associate commissioner of KDE’s OET, received the Outstanding Leader of the Year Award from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE). The award was presented during the Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference (KTLC) in Louisville March 7-9.
Each year, KySTE recognizes a leader who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve education. Couch, who has been with KDE for 15 years and served as associate commissioner for nine years, said that he was very honored to receive the award.
“But, I must say that I sincerely feel that this represents our district customers’ appreciation of OET's overall services and leadership to them over many, many years,” said Couch. “To me, it means that our customers consider us partners that provide valued services to their schools.” KySTE also nominated Couch for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Leader of the Year Award.