Melissa Binder Recognized for Using Technology to Innovate District Processes at the School District of Lancaster
Melissa Binder, student information system coordinator at the School District of Lancaster (SDoL), has been recognized as an Information Technology Innovator in SunGard K-12 Education’s Lead without Limits Awards program. From nominations from educators and school administrators from across the country, the SDoL administrator was selected as the individual who best leverages technology to innovate school district operations to support student achievement.
The Lead without Limits Awards program recognizes school districts, schools, departments, administrators, and educators that leverage technology to help improve student achievement and/or school or district efficiency. Information Technology Innovators, one of the Lead without Limits Award categories, enhance the educational process with technology. Nominees’ information technology efforts support student achievement and/or improve school/district efficiency.
In her nomination, Terry Tippett, the district’s director of information technology, says Binder is determined in her pursuit of educational excellence and continuous improvement. “Melissa stops at nothing when it comes to helping our district and other districts with technology initiatives. If there is a better, more efficient way to work with student data, she is always the first person working on the proposal,” says Tippett. “She has created some outstanding Cognos reports and dashboards to help administrators with easy solutions to review data. She is truly an asset to our SDoL team for what she brings to the table every day!”
Binder says the effort to innovate makes even more sense as school districts struggle with limited human and financial resources. “With so much work and not enough time, money, or personnel, it doesn’t surprise me that districts take the once-and-done approach. The problem with that is technology, processes, and people change,” she says. “I am always pushing efficiency. With overflowing workloads and high stress levels, it doesn’t make sense to not be as efficient as possible. In order to do that, you have to reevaluate processes and systems and make changes as needed.”
Frank Lavelle, SunGard K-12 Education’s president and chief executive officer, celebrates Binder’s dedication and commitment to innovation. “Melissa Binder’s dedication to using technology to support student achievement is inspiring. Through her dedication and innovation, Melissa is having an incredibly positive impact on the students in her district,” Lavelle says. “We are honored to serve Melissa and educators and administrators like her who are helping students realize the greatest possibilities for their life.”
The Lead without Limits Awards recipients receive a statuette. They are now in the running for the annual awards that will be presented at SunGard K-12 Education’s National User Group Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. SunGard K-12 Education will select the three annual award winners from all the monthly recipients during the year. For these three annual winners, SunGard K-12 will pay the conference fee for one individual to represent them at the conference and hear best practices shared by districts across the country.
Nominations for the Lead without Limits Awards are accepted through an application form available on SunGard K-12 Education’s website. For guidelines and selection process, please see the Lead without Limits Awards program information online.
About the School District of Lancaster
Established in 1836, the School District of Lancaster is the second oldest district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It serves a diverse population of approximately 11,500 students. The district’s 12 elementary schools, one K-8 school, four middle schools, one high school campus, and several other alternative sites are home to approximately 1,585 staff members, including administrators, teachers, counselors, and support staff. For more information, visit the School District of Lancaster at www.lancaster.k12.pa.us.
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SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. PLUS 360 is a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.
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