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RESOLUTION IN RECOGNITION OF DR. MELINDA MADDOX STATE EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION 2006 LEADER OF THE YEAR

WHEREAS, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) recently honored Dr. Melinda Maddox, Director of Technology Initiatives for the Alabama Department of Education, as one of three outstanding educational leaders for their efforts to ensure students and teachers receive the opportunities they need to be competitive in the world’s global marketplace; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Maddox received SETDA’s Leader of the Year Award from her peers representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Maddox was honored for her vision and dedication resulting in the successful development and implementation of ACCESS – Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators, and Students Statewide; and

WHEREAS, ACCESS is the comprehensive distance learning program that provides the courses necessary to meet Alabama’s advanced diploma requirements and creates additional online course offerings, including Advanced Placement, remedial, and enrichment courses, and provides both professional development for teachers and access to multimedia resources to be used in their instruction; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Maddox was recognized for her leadership and service to SETDA’s Board of Directors, which has been an inspiration and model to her peers; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, SETDA’s Executive Director, stated, “Many teachers and students have benefited from the dedicated work of these people. Our honorees are leaders who have utilized technology to improve our education system – both in ensuring teachers are highly qualified and students have the skills they need to succeed in a competitive workforce”; and

WHEREAS, SETDA is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members providing professional development and leadership around the effective use to technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education congratulates Dr. Melinda Maddox for being named the 2006 Leader of the Year and commends her for her exceptional creativity, leadership, and instructional excellence in the area of technology.

Done this 14th day of December 2006.