Parent Teacher Magazine Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools September 2017 - Page 5

Bio for Dr. Clayton Wilcox Dr. Clayton M. Wilcox came to the district from Washington County, Maryland, where he had been superintendent for nearly six years. A native of Iowa, Dr. Wilcox began his career as a teacher in the Tri-Valley Community School District in Illinois in 1979. A year later, he moved to Waterloo Community Schools in Iowa, where he taught in elementary and middle schools before working in human resources, as an assistant principal in a middle school and as an elementary principal. In 1994, he joined St. Johns County School District in Florida as director for personnel services, subsequently becoming executive director for human resources and staff development. Since then, he has served as superintendent for school districts in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Pinellas County in Florida and Maryland. He has also worked as a vice president and senior vice president for education and corporate relations at Scholastic, Inc. Dr. Wilcox received his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in education at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University in Florida. He has also studied strategic planning and instructional design at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and information management and telecommunications, instructional assessment and employee performance management at Viterbo College in Wisconsin. In addition to his K-12 work in education, Dr. Wilcox has taught at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and Jacksonville University in Florida. He has also served on the Pre-K-20 Council at Frostburg State University in Maryland and on the board of advisors for the university system of Maryland in Hagerstown. He has served in multiple state and national education associations, including the Council of Great City Schools, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and Education Research Development Institute. He was a governor’s appointee to the Maryland Longitudinal Data Board and the legislative task force to study 21 st -century school construction. Dr. Wilcox is married with two grown children. He and his wife Julie live in Charlotte. Sprint technology initiative to help CMS students bridge homework gap More than 5,000 high school students in Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools will receive free Wi-Fi hotspot devices and high-speed wireless internet service in the fall to help close the homework gap. Ninth-graders who do not have connectivity at home will receive the Wi-Fi hotspots with 3GB per month of high speed internet and unlimited 2G speed at no charge. Research has shown that about 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children do not have broadband access at home but at least 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires access. The technology donations are part of a national project by Sprint and the Sprint Foundation. The 1Million Project will give wireless devices and service to more than 1 million students over the next five years. “This technology will extend the learning process beyond the classroom and increase student engagement,” said Dr. Clayton Wilcox, CMS superintendent. “CMS is excited to see what our students create and learn with access to this state- of-the-art technology over their four years in high school.” CMS is one of more than 119 districts in 32 states that will participate in the nationwide technology rollout. More than 12,000 devices will be distributed in North Carolina school districts, including Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland, Buncombe, Nash, Rockingham and Pitt counties. West Charlotte High was chosen as a pilot school for the 1Million Project and distributed 250 Sprint mobile hotspot devices in January. Like Us Medicaid, Health Choice, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield Parent Teacher Magazine • September/October 2017 • 3