Amy Cordes

Amy Cordes, teacher specialist for Frederick County Public Schools, after receiving her Administrator of the Year award from Schoology.

Amy Cordes, teacher specialist for Frederick County Public Schools, was recently named Administrator of the Year by a digitally oriented education company.

Schoology, an education company that provides social networking services and a virtual learning environment for K-12 schools and higher education institutions, named Cordes a winner of its first-ever NEXT awards. The company provides tools needed for online classrooms to allow users to create, manage and share academic content online.

Teachers can issue tests and quizzes, students can submit homework, and classes can engage in discussion on the platform.

The award recognized Cordes’ work with personalized learning. She implemented a new learning management system last year that helped students in Frederick County customize their learning experiences through Schoology in order to increase their instruction time and educational success.

“We have a very diverse district, and my job is to make sure personalized instruction can happen in every classroom,” Cordes said in a statement. “We’ve been using Schoology for just one year, but we are already seeing how this platform is leveraged to help teachers personalize and increase instructional time with students.”

Cordes was one of four educators nationwide recognized by Schoology.

The NEXT awards are given to those who “have done something particularly innovative to advance what’s possible in education,” according to a press release.

“Our NEXT awards recognize our customers who have used Schoology to make a meaningful difference in their classrooms, their schools and their school districts,” Justin Serrano, president of Schoology, said in a statement. “They’re doing remarkable things to elevate student achievement, and this award is one way we can showcase their hard work.”

Recognized for cybersecurity degree pathway

The 2019 National CyberWatch Center “Innovations in Cyber Security Education” award has been awarded to Frederick Community College, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Hood College for their cyber degree pathway partnership.

Students can take classes at FCC for an associate degree in cybersecurity, which can then be transferred to the Mount toward a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. Additionally, the cybersecurity curriculum at the Mount includes courses that can transfer to Hood College toward a master’s degree in cybersecurity.

According to a press release, provosts and faculty of each institution worked together to develop the agreement, which provides students with the relevant education needed in the cybersecurity field and which aligns with National Security Agency accreditation standards.

“FCC is proud to work closely with Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University to ensure students in our community have as many educational opportunities as possible available to them,” FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster said in a statement. “Our unified cybersecurity degree pathway prepares students for this in-demand and critical career field, while saving them time and money. We are grateful to the National CyberWatch Center for recognizing the importance and innovation of this partnership.”

The partnership provides resources to students at all three institutions including sharing of computer-lab facilities and software and mentorship and collaboration opportunities with faculty.

“It is rewarding to see this important partnership receive recognition for our role in providing local, regional, and even national companies with well-trained cybersecurity professionals,” Timothy Trainor, Mount St. Mary’s University president, said in a statement. “I hope that this model pipeline approach will be emulated across the country.”

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