Episode 085: Eric Butash, Director of Strategy & Implementation at the Highlander Institute

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In this episode, Eric Butash, the Director of Strategy and Implementation at the Highlander Institute, talks about his work in effectively designing and building operations around a lot of the blended learning initiatives that the Institute is a part of.  He also shares his background, how he got into education from some of his early interests in technology, and provides insight on how you can really figure out what you want to do based on your passions and once you figure out your purpose in life.

Guest Bio:

Eric ButashAs Director of Strategy and Implementation, Eric Butash is responsible for the design, creation, and operations of various statewide systems as it relates to the implementation of blended learning initiatives. He has spent the past 13 years in technology leadership roles most of which serving as Director of Technology for the North Smithfield Schools. Eric has served as the president for the RISTE (Rhode Island Society of Technology Educators) Organization and has worked with RI Department of Education on various statewide initiatives: Internet Access State Master Price Agreement & $20 million RIDE Wireless Classroom Initiative. He lives in Smithfield with his wife and two boys.

Show Notes:

(01:45) Eric’s background

(13:15) In your role as Director of Strategy & Implementation, what does it take to really put a structural framework around these successful blended learning initiatives?

(14:25) Blended learning does not happen in the classroom without having the proper infrastructure in place.

(18:54) Do you have one or two examples of successful implementation that you hope could be the model or gold standard for implementations, moving forward?

Pleasantview Elementary School

(20:54) Would you say it’s because of the communication or the respect between curriculum and technology that a lot of it has worked? What do you allocate that success to?

(23:25) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Steven Spielberg

Links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericbutash

ISTE Conference 2015: https://www.isteconference.org/2015/

 

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