Top 30 Education Technology Leaders

Valarie Wilson of GSBA named to Top 30 Education Technology Leaders

Thirty K-12 and higher education leaders recognized by the Center for Digital Education for their efforts to transform learning through the innovative use of technology.

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) today announced its 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers – 30 education and technology leaders across America who are transforming the education landscape through the use of digital tools.

The 2017 winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills.

Mrs. Wilson, Executive Director of the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) is being honored for her leadership in the organization’s flagship software product, Simbli. Simbli is the first and only comprehensive board management software solution, bringing together meetings, planning, policies, evaluations, documents, and communications into one, easy-to-use board management software solution. Launched in 2007 as a means of helping Georgia schools and districts achieve more effective board governance, Simbli is now used by more than 540 customers across 25 states.

“We are so proud to see Mrs. Wilson recognized for her leadership in helping school boards leverage technology to model excellence in board governance,” said Mark Willis, Chief Operating Officer, eBOARDsolutions. “GSBA, along with our other state school boards association partners around the country, understand that Simbli is more than just a tool for paperless board meetings, but a true change agent for helping manage and align the work of the board to enhance transparency and communications with all stakeholders.”

“Our winners have shown an immense amount of passion and courage as they take on education in an era that encompasses rapid changes. They have demonstrated a unique ability to use technology as a catalyst to transform education at all levels and to have a positive impact on student success,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director, CDE. “I am thrilled to recognize this outstanding group for their work, and wish them the best as they continue to push the field forward with education technology.”

View a full list of The Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2017 by visiting The Center for Digital Education’s website.

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About eBOARDsolutions

eBOARDsolutions is the leader in online board management tools for effective governance.  With a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing school boards, the Georgia School Boards Association began building these online tools nearly 20 years ago to help its member boards increase their efficiency and effectiveness. In 2007, eBOARDsolutions, Inc. was born, and has been making these tools available to school boards, nonprofits, and governments across the United States ever since. With an annual renewal rate of more than 98 percent, Simbli is helping boards and the people who work with them simply get more done. Learn more about eBOARDsolutions and Simbli at

About The Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at:

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

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