James Smith, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State
James L. Smith, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State, Program Supervisor, ESEA Title II D, Enhancing Education Through Technology, Consolidated Federal Programs/Special Programs Unit. Mgr: $8,000,000 program.
Former Community Outreach Director for Generation Yes Inc; the organization that was formed to continue the success of the U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, Generation www.Y, 9–96 to 9–01, where Mr. Smith was the Program Support Specialist. This non–traditional staff development model began in the Olympia School District, Olympia, WA. Mr. Smith was instrumental in its expansion to forty–one states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Gen Y uses partnerships between students and teachers to infuse modern computer technologies into the classroom.
Prior to joining Gen Y Mr. Smith taught 2nd grade in Tacoma, WA; After 25 Years of Broadcast production, marketing and advertising in the Seattle area with CBS, NBC, and Independent Television and Radio stations. Smith is a Vietnam Era veteran, and holds a BA/BS in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Washington, and has completed two years toward a Master's in Teaching degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. (96–98)
Former Chairperson of the (ISTE) International Society of Technology in Education Minority Leadership Symposium, NECC Chicago, June 2001. Current Co–Chair of the ISTE Minority Leadership Online Community/Leadership Bureau. Member, METT, Washington State Multi–Ethnic Think Tank, http://www.k12.wa.us, NABSE–WABSE, National Alliance of Black School Educators, http://www.nabse.org/ Past President–elect of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pierce County, WA. Alumni–Chair of the Economic Opportunities Program University of Washington Minority Affairs Dept. Alumni of Garfield HS, Seattle, WA along with Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, the latter who Smith attended classes. NCCE, Northwest Counsel for Computer in Education, Board member. NECC, National Educational Computing Conference 2003, Student Showcase Co–Chair. Seattle, WA. Co Chair NECC Philadelphia Mayors Digital Leadership Caucus 2005.