Where do I start. I remember the first time I met Keegan, it was at a Microsoft Innovative Educator training that we were having at the Microsoft facility in Aksarben. I introduced myself and we had a great conversation about her current role at Bryan High School. Later she would apply for a position that would help shape the way our district approaches and values technology. Just in the course of the last year, she has enabled through the help of our MIE Program, to lead our efforts to complete Common Sense District Level Certification. This week, she will be speaking at TEDx Omaha. These things take talent, and below I want to highlight the talents that I see in Keegan.
Passion & Empathy
If you know Keegan, you know she has a passion for students. Just hearing some of her stories when she was an English teacher, you can tell she was engaging and provided a high level of interactivity with her students. That energy transfers into her current role of Lead Teacher for Digital Citizenship here at Omaha Public Schools. While not a new role for the district, her contribution to it has been transformative. She uses empathy in a way that challenges me and gives voice to initiatives that we have adopted. This week I have been reading the book Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella. In it he describes the role of empathy in his leadership and Keegan shows this in her everyday practice.
Keegan believes in Omaha Public Schools. She believes in the role technology plays in student's learning. She even has confidence in my ideas, sometimes far fetched. That belief mentality allows her to take on initiatives like the Common Sense District Certification, our new Mobile Learning Unit, the construction of our App Approval Tool, and co-leading our District Technology Standards Team.
As educators know, relationships is what makes learning happen. Strong relationships build trust and commitment. Our external relationships in the district are unique. We have a great relationship with Microsoft as well as Common Sense Media. Keegan does a great job of connecting the dots. Our App Approval Tool is a great example of connecting these dots. Here is a picture of what it looked like as we brainstormed this idea.
That has now turned into a great systemic process that vets Apps for data privacy, then through instructional strategies, and outputs to a PowerBi Dashboard for transparency.
This week, she is speaking at TEDx Omaha. I don't know what the title is, or what exactly she will be sharing, but I know it will be impactful. Keegan, you are an incredible person and I am super proud of you. Here are some of your Common Sense folks sharing:
Thanks for what you do for students, Keegs.