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Lenny Schad

Houston ISD
Lenny Schad has been in the technology field for 25 years.  During that time period his career has taken him into many business sectors where he’s established a very successful leadership and management track record.   His range of business sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil & gas, investment banking, and education.  Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, the 1992 Republican National Convention as well as creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations.   He is a recognized leader who’s innovative and process oriented management styles have led to highly effective Information Technology departments.
For the past nine years Mr. Schad served as the chief information officer for Katy ISD, a Houston-area district of 64,000 students, recognized nationally for technology innovation.  Through his leadership, Katy ISD is in year four of a mobile learning initiative focusing on Web 2.0 integration, Digital Citizenship and Mobile Devices.  For the past four years 5th graders at 18 elementary schools have been using mobile learning devices in their classes with great success.  For the second year, public Wi-Fi will be available at every K-12 campus allowing students and teachers to “bring their own device”.  Mr. Schad has been responsible for leading both the instructional and technology efforts related to the four year strategic plan.  His first book “Mobile Learning: It’s Not About the Device” is due out in the next few months.
As of January 1, 2013, Mr. Schad started a new role as Chief Information Technology Officer for the Houston Independent School district.
Recognitions include:

National School Board Association's "20 to Watch" educators for 2008
The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Volunteer Hall of Fame
CoSN 2011 National School District Team Award
CIO Leadership Forum “2011 Next Level Leadership Award”