Earlier this month, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a Washington, D.C.-based national professional association for school system technology leaders named Boulder Valley School District’s CIO, Andrew Moore, as the 2019 National CosN Volunteer of the Year.
The award honors a CoSN volunteer who has provided exemplary support to the organization by sitting on association committees, advocating on behalf of CoSN at the state and federal levels, and leading state chapters, along with many other ways to show leadership and initiative as a CoSN member.
Moore, who has been in education and at BVSD for nine years after serving as Mayor of Erie, Colorado, said the honor was “a total surprise to me.” He learned that he won at the Annual CoSN Conference in Portland, when the announcement was made on the last day during the closing keynote session.
“I have to admit, I was a little choked up,” he said. “I knew I was among hundreds of my peers from across the nation, who are all doing the same work I’m doing—working to make sure we can get kids connected safely.”
The National Volunteer of the Year winners are chosen by CoSN staff from that year’s class in the Volunteer Hall of Fame, which is made up of education technology leaders nominated by their peers from all over the United States.
According to CoSN staff, Moore was chosen this year because of his excellent leadership sitting on the association’s Digital Equity Initiative, and advocating for CoSN policy at the state and federal levels.
Moore was one of two district representatives through CASE who worked on the Colorado Student Data Privacy Law, which passed in 2017 and was supported by CoSN. He has advocated on behalf of CoSN at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where he ensured that the needs of K-12 education technology were known.
“Everything from broadband, to ensuring student data privacy is considered at the federal level,” he said. “I’ve also been working with [CoSN] on closing the digital divide, and making sure that students have both devices and internet at home.”
Moore has presented on behalf of CoSN on issues surrounding the digital divide, and he led the way in piloting a program in Boulder Valley to model how to start tackling the problem. He helped introduce the ConnectME program in 2017, an initiative to systematically bring internet into the homes of all BVSD students. Through a public-private partnership with a company that provides high speed internet in exchange for real estate access, they’ve been able to connect over 40 students so far to the internet.
With the Volunteer of the Year award comes a $2,500 prize, which Moore can donate to the school of his choice. He decided to donate the money to the Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School, which he said is the most at-need school in Boulder Valley.
“The work you do isn’t for the awards,” he said. “You do it because you like doing what you’re doing, and you know it has a greater meaning for the lives of the students that we serve.”
The Colorado Association of School Executives (www.co-case.org) is the preeminent professional association for public school administrators in Colorado. The organization’s mission is to empower Colorado education leaders through advocacy, professional learning and networking to deliver on the promise of public education.