Dr. Lyle Ailshie Named CDE’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers


KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dr. Lyle C. Ailshie, Superintendent of Kingsport City Schools, has been recognized by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) as one of their Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, Trailblazers in their annual Top 30 awards program and publication.

Each year, the Center for Digital Education recognizes K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology in its annual Top 30 awards program and publication. Recognizing the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America, CDE aims to honor pioneers in education technology and showcase the accomplishments and best practices of award winners.

Nominations for all positions held within education, including public officials, are judged on:

  • Efforts to improve education with digital tools
  • Impact of those efforts on student achievement; the institution; and the local, state and national scene
  • Creativity and initiative to make change
  • Display of leadership qualities

Ailshie was selected for his role in creating an innova‚­tion rubric that is driving real change in the school district – tool that helps administrators, instructors and staff target creativity, focus on goals and aim for a research-based approach to education.

I am humbled, but this recognition is really a reflection on the entire school system and its world class educators who are committed to excellence and accomplish great things each and every day, said Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. They are the real innovators.

The rubric has 10 criteria, among which are elements such as embedded profes‚­sional development, effective and creative uses of time, strategies for student engage‚­ment, and, notably, technology. Particularly as resources become more scarce, accountability has become more focused, Ailshie says. When looking at our system vision, we evalu‚­ate our ideas against our new rubric. An important piece of that is the effective use of technology. It should be a part of all that we do, if were to make teaching and learning as effective as we can.

The Kingsport City Schools Innovation Rubric is currently pending copyright approval.

Ailshie says he is driven by a passion for providing students with the most engaging instruction possible. I have great faith in teachers, he says. We must provide teachers the tools and supports needed for them to do their jobs in the most effective and efficient way, based on best practices and research. This is not about doing some‚­thing cool, its about being focused on a vision and doing what it takes to accomplish that vision.

Download the digital publication to learn about all 2014 award winners and their recent technology initiatives here. Ailshie is featured on page 11 of the publication.

Ailshie is entering his 33rd year in education, and his 15th as a superintendent. He began his service as superintendent of Kingsport City Schools in March 2012. He was named the Tennessee Superintendent of the Year in 2005; founding member/chair of the Eastern States Consortium for Learning and School System Excellence in 2006; He was also honored by the Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA) with its first, and only Honorary Lifetime Member in 2008. Dr. Ailshie and his wife Vanessa have three daughters, Tracie, Hilary, and Karli, a son-in-law Tyler, and two grand-daughters.

About CDE:‚  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 advises the industry, conducts relevant research, issues white papers, and produces premier annual surveys and awards programs. CDE also hosts events for the education community. CDEs media platform includes the quarterly Center for Digital Education’s Special Reports, centerdigitaled.com, email newsletters and custom publications.

Kingsport‚ City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in‚ Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be,‚ Student Focused -¦ World Class.

For more information on‚ KCS, visit‚ k12k.com, listen live on‚ WCSK 90.3 FM,‚ The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, watch‚ KCS Today on Charter‚ Channel 16 or call‚ (423) 378.2100.‚ Were social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).