McHENRY – A McHenry School District 15 education leader has received an international award.
Illinois Computing Educators and International Society for Technology in Education has recognized Fred Laudadio, District 15’s executive director for learning services and technology, for his work with science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum, according to a news release from the district.
“Our district team is so proud to be able to provide our students with an educational opportunity that fosters engagement, interaction and achievement through cutting-edge digital curriculum that will prepare them for the future,” District 15 Superintendent Alan Hoffman said. “Dr. Laudadio is a key contributor to our school district’s success, and is a true inspiration that encourages all learners to achieve their full potential.
The Making IT Happen award is established through a program that honors educators who demonstrate commitment, persistence, courage and leadership when it comes to improving digital learning opportunities. About 600 educators from around the world have received the award since its 1995 inception, according to the release.
Laudadio has worked with other educators to create STEM curriculum that has been showcased in numerous labs, studios, production hubs and learning media centers.
He has developed curriculum that includes creation of innovation, STEM and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) centers and makerspaces for students throughout the district, said Josh Reitz, District 15 assistant superintendent for learning services.
“Technology has become ubiquitous in society. It’s a part of what kids do now,” Reitz said. “Staying ahead of the curve is critical. Technology can enhance what we do in the classrooms. We don’t see it as an extra thing – it’s an extension of what goes on in the classroom and provides [an] opportunity for kids to shine in ways that aren’t done in traditional environments.”
Laudadio said he has worked with a team to make the ideas reality.
“This award is our entire team’s award. We have journeyed down this path and accomplished these amazing milestones together,” Laudadio said. “My team inspires me every day. There are no boundaries when you work with extraordinary people.”