Dr. Pam Lloyd wins national EdTech leadership award for advocacy

March 29, 2017

EdTech Digest recognizes GCI VP for advocating for equitable broadband

GCI announced today that Dr. Pam Lloyd, vice president of GCI Education and Healthcare, has been recognized as an EdTech Digest Leadership Award winner. Lloyd has been honored in the “advocate” category for her support of equitable broadband for all. 

“I am humbled to be selected as an EdTech Digest Leader,” Lloyd said. “Digital equity is critical for the future of education, and I believe it is our duty to work together to ensure that all students have the technology they need in order to be successful in a global and highly-connected marketplace.”

Lloyd has spent the greater part of her career advocating for equitable broadband access for all students, regardless of their ZIP Code. Prior to joining GCI, Pam spent eight years in the classroom where she gained first-hand knowledge of the technology and broadband needs of students and educators. 

Pam is an author, speaker and presenter at state, national and international venues on topics ranging from equitable broadband access for students and ed tech trends to problem-based learning through 1:1 devices and digital leadership. Pam published her dissertation on “Digital Dead Ends Along Alaska’s Information Highway” and co-published The 1:1 Guide Book for Leaders. Pam has also been a college instructor on literacy and the use of ed tech.

Lloyd is involved with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE), the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC ) and the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE ). She was awarded ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award for her leadership and commitment to improving digital learning opportunities for students. 

In her role at GCI, Lloyd makes it possible for school districts in rural and underserved areas to provide students with education opportunities that often rival urban areas. 

“Pam bridges education and the private sector by providing the vision to leverage technology to transform learning,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking. “She has had an impact far beyond Alaska and is well known by policymakers and thought leaders.”

The EdTech Digest Awards Program recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The annual recognition program seeks to highlight and celebrate the most effective products and the most innovative and inspiring people. Applicants were selected by a panel of judges based on evidence of leadership and trendsetting.

“Pam has been 'on the frontier' in many ways; her work in Alaska has created an effect far beyond that great state, and her willingness to lead in this important area is a service to students everywhere,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the award program as editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. “We're excited to honor such a leader. Know this: we need more leaders like her.

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