But most significantly, Miller led the historic roll out of a free laptop program last fall for middle school students and followed it up with the same free learning tech program for high school students in January.
The district, which is the eighth-largest in Ohio, is the first in the region to attempt such a wide distribution of free laptops, which students can take home and do school work.
Miller told the Journal-News that “using technology to share the outstanding learning happening throughout Lakota Schools is natural.”
“We must meet people where they are and must use as many communication vehicles as we can,” Miller said.
Julie Shaffer, president of the Lakota Board of Education, said “we’re very proud that Matt is being recognized at a national level for the transformation we’ve witnessed locally since his arrival at Lakota.”
“Not only is he a great communicator, but through his leadership he has transformed how our entire district communicates and he has taken us to the next level,” Shaffer said.
NSPRA judges at the group’s recent national convention described the superintendent as using “digital platforms to make connections, build relationships, support 24/7 professional development and provide an inside look at what is happening inside Lakota schools.”
“In a short time, his efforts in a district of more than 16,000 students has made it much more unified,” officials said.
“Miller hosts Facebook Live sessions and developed the Lakota Learning Blog. Both mediums are opportunities where staff and other stakeholders can share their areas of expertise and provide relevant content to parents and others in the community,” officials said.