BCPS’ Dallas Dance Named Center for Digital Education’s Senior Fellow
Posted by Ann Costantino on 26th June 2017
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Dance to Continue Speaking on Education Technology – at least on the side.

 

Superintendent Dallas Dance has been named Senior Fellow for the Center for Digital Education.

Dance has found an advisory and speaking job with The Center for Digital Education (CDE), a publishing, research and advisory company whose content is driven by industry leaders. Dance will now be among those industry leaders.

Specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding, the CDE is also a division of e.Republic, a national research company which focuses exclusively on education on the state and local government levels.  According to their website, e.Republic works with over 700 companies – from “Fortune 500s to startups” –  in order to help those companies “power their public sector sales and marketing success.”  Among the companies listed: Intel, IBM, Blackboard, Microsoft, Aerohive, Apple, Samsung, Dell and Google.

The CDE put out a press release today referring to Dance as BCPS’ former superintendent. The Superintendent’s actual last day will be June 30.

Dance resigned in April, citing unsustainable 18 hour days and difficulties due to a different Board of Education with which he had grown accustomed to working in previous years.  His numerous speaking engagements and side jobs had come under fire during his tenure, which led to much of that contention. See Op-ed: Students not benefitting from Dallas Dance’s costly travels .

The Superintendent will now be among 14 Seniors Fellows, made up of technology and former school district leaders, who have pushed for Blended and Personalized Learning in education across the country.

With the help of those Senior Fellows, Dance will work to educate districts, elected officials, and education and industry leaders on effectively incorporating new technologies in education.

Dance will be a paid speaker and contributor for the CDE, but will not be a paid employee.

When asked about the content of the speeches and their audiences, the Center’s Deputy Executive Director for Content, Susan Gentz,  stated that event topics are dictated by “what the audience is looking for” and that the CDE Fellows “help bring the field together” and determine the content and direction of the industry with their expertise.

Converge, The Center for Digital Education’s electronic publication, featured Dance on the cover of their third quarter 2016 edition and named him one of 30 Top Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2016.

Partners of The Center for Digital Education, Converge, and e.Republic include familiar names to Baltimore County: The International Society for Technology in Education, for which Dance has served as a Board Member since 2014; The School Superintendents Association (AASA), for which Dance has served as an Executive Committee Member since 2014; the CoSN Network, for which Dance has been a speaker and advisor on their Superintendent Advisory Panel since 2015; and the National School Boards’ Association, who named Dance one of their  “20 to Watch” educators for 2014-2015.

BCPS’s Interim Superintendent, Verletta White, is set to take over the school system on July 1.  White is also connected to the Center for Digital Education as part of their Chief Academic Officers Group.

It is unclear what influence Dance will continue to have on the school system, if White will continue in her capacity with the Center for Digital Education, and what influence the Center will have on Baltimore County Public Schools.

There has been no word on Dance’s next move to a full-time position.  Despite widespread rumors that his taking the helm at Richmond Public Schools is inevitable, Richmond has selected an interim superintendent and is currently undergoing an official search process to find a permanent replacement.