If tech is supposed to make the world a better place, then it should take a leading role in the education of our children. It hasn’t been that long since the days when many children were first introduced to a personal computer in their schools. The classroom was the forefront of technology, but as tech innovations exploded, the education world couldn’t always keep up.
Melissa Dodd is the CTO of San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) where she is leading the technology projects throughout the district. According to a recent article in EdSccop, she has been part of the district moving over to the cloud over the last few years. All of the district’s educators and staff are on a unified communications platform through Google, so now she ensures that what they implement works with this system. She says it will help with managing human capital. As the CTO of a massive school district, there are many different projects and IT needs that come along all at once.
Melissa has worked in education for more than 15 years; she started her career in education at Tufts University as the Educational Technology Administrator. She is a champion of educating people about the importance of technology in education, and she speaks publicly on the issue throughout the country. She is considered an expert in edtech. Before she came to SFUSD, she worked in the Boston Public Schools as Chief of Staff and Chief Information Officer.
Melissa doesn’t have a specifically technical education, but that hasn’t made a difference in her ability to create change in the education system at the IT level. She has a B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University and a Masters of Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Thank you Melissa for reminding us about the importance of the public school system.
You can follow Melissa on Twitter at @MelissaPDodd