Adam Seldow

Strategic thinking in education technology

About me

A brief introduction

Adam Seldow

Education CTO/CIO

I taught high school math in Boston Public Schools. It was an amazing experience. At the time, the World Wide Web as we know it was growing rapidly, but was fairly new to students and teachers. For the majority of my students, math was something that they "had to do," and not something that piqued their interest. I couldn't blame them. The challenges that they faced daily made me feel like I grew up in Eutopia. In reflecting upon their experiences, it was clear that I did. Despite this gap between school and home and the chasm between what they were being tested on and what they understood, when I integrated technology into class lessons something happened. Students who acted out focused; students whose heads were buried in their desks came up for air. It was clear that student engagement was the first step to making math matter.

Occasional wow moments with technology were helpful, but any interest that piqued as a result of these wow moments seemed to wane quickly. I knew that in order for students to gain a deeper interest in math, they would have to contribute to their own understanding by engaging with the content at their own pace with assistance when they needed it. Not every student required the same help at the same time. What I discovered was nothing new to the field of education, but it was an epiphany to me.

I have built a career out of seeking new and innovative ways to empower students through the integration of technology in their learning experiences--new ways to place the student in the driver's seat with a high-powered device to pilot through the information super-highway. My goal is to empower as many students as possible to pursue their passions through the expert use of technology in education.

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Technical Skills

I can say I’m quite good at

strategy

In the tech enterprise

Data mgmt.

Data privacy/info systems

IT mgmt.

Networking, E-Rate

Microsoft

Active Directory, MS-SQL, Exchange

Google

Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, Scripting

PHP / MySQL

LAMP applications

Work Experience

Current and recent positions

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Chesterfield County, VA Public Schools

Executive Director of Technology

Leads the largest US deployment of Chromebooks to date for 33,000 students. Reduced average time to repair for student and teacher technology equipment by 50%. Developed a digital content strategy for textbook replacement, and led committees to scale up online learning and online assessment and adaptive learning. Planned and built all- fiber network interconnecting all schools and administrative offices. Increased division-wide bandwith by 7900% over three years. Authored a “no new dollars” 1:1 computing budget for a 4-year cycle. Currently oversee all district research, evaluation and accountability staff, a technology staff of 110, and a network supporting over 50,000 computers.

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Framingham, MA Public Schools

Director of Technology

Led joint curriculum and technology planning, and implemented a paperless curriculum plan for a large public school district.

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Fall River, MA Public Schools

Chief Information Officer

Created strategic technology and instruction plan, and managed all aspects of instructional and network technology.

Education & Diplomas

What I have done in my academic career

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Doctor of Education Policy, Leadership, and Instructional Practice

Harvard University

Thesis: “The Effect of Online Gradebook Access on Mastery and Performance Goal Orientations, Motivation, Academic Self Efficacy, and Grades”

Awarded the James Bryant Conant Fellowship

Awarded Harvard Provost Innovation Grant for innovative work in information sciences

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Master of Education in School Leadership

Harvard University

Licensed superintendent and principal/administrator in Massachusetts and Virgina.

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Master of Education in Teacher Education

Harvard University

Mathematics education, licensed teacher in Massachusetts and Virginia.

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Bachelor of Science in Engineering Management

United States Military Academy, West Point

Dean's list, Superintendent's award recipient.

Get In Touch

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Contact details

9900 Krause Road, Chesterfield, Virginia USA

+1(804)279-1900

www.seldow.com

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