2020 Excellence Under Pressure Award

By Jeffrey Schmidt

Excellence Under Pressure
TJ McCray
Director of Instructional and Library Media Services, Madison Metropolitan School District

When schools shut down on short notice due to COVID-19, TJ McCray worked to transform Wisconsin’s second largest school district — with over 27,000 students and 3,000 employees — into a virtual one. That challenge included purchasing and distributing 1,800 hotspots with six-month data plans so children without home internet had equal access to virtual learning opportunities. He also created professional development for teachers to help them adapt to this new way of teaching.

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