May 20, 2020

Notre Dame's information and academic technology director one of only five in the United States named by professional association for school system technology leaders.

CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, and technology news outlet EdScoop announced yesterday that Eden Konja, information and academic technology director at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, was selected as one of only five EdTech Professionals in the U.S. for the 2020 NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders Program. The program annually recognizes rising technology leaders in K-12 schools and districts across the United States who have embraced technological innovation to improve education outcomes.

Chosen from a highly accomplished group of finalists nationwide, the 2020 NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders are: 

Eden Konja, Information and Academic Technology Director, Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy (MI).
Dewayne J. McClary, Director, Educational Technology & Library Programs, District of Columbia Public Schools (DC);
Laurie Guyon, Assistant Coordinator for Model Schools, WSWHE BOCES (NY);
Sara Hunter, Curriculum Coordinator: STEM and High Ability, Avon Community School Corporation (IN);
Marcus Painter, Coordinator of Digital Learning, Twin Lakes High School (IN); and

“The 2020 NextGen Program cohort consists of a remarkable set of emerging leaders with the hands-on experience and vision needed to ensure that technology makes a profound difference in education,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “We congratulate each of the winners as well as all of the applicants on their accomplishments. This is a new generation of leaders who will help us create a new learning reality.”

Konja said he is grateful to the administration at Notre Dame for the opportunity to support the mission of the school through technology.

"I am humbled to receive this honor and very proud to have had a hand in the achievements in integrating technology for the purpose of enhancing the Notre Dame experience," Konja said. "The school has been recognized by Microsoft and Apple for these achievements, but more importantly, it showed more recently when we were able to flip to remote learning within days of shutting our campus down due to COVID-19 and to continue our school mission virtually."

Jake Williams, associate publisher of EdScoop, said that it's all about community.

“These NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders are making countless contributions to the communities they serve with technology and improving the lives of students along the way," Williams said. "We’re honored to be able to recognize them this year.”

Konja and the other 2020 NextGen Leaders were honored virtually May 19 during the CoSN Annual Conference. Learn more about the NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders Program, including previous winners, at: cosn.org/NextGeneration.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three school are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.

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