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David Blatter Speaks on the Future of Virtual Learning

Dr. David Blattner, Senior Information Officer for Rowan-Salisbury Schools (RSS) recently addressed a group of venture capitalists and education technology pioneers at the ASI+GSV Summit in San Diego.

The ASI+GSV Summit started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV).  The summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work.

A 25-year veteran educator, Blattner addressed the future of virtual learning in schools by focusing on how school districts look ahead to post-pandemic classrooms by continuing to invest in refining digital and hybrid learning experiences, how RSS is prioritizing personalized instruction, and what these experiences will mean for traditional classrooms moving forward.

Blattner began his career as a high school English teacher before becoming an assistant principal (AP).  During his tenure as an AP, he advocated for the advancement of technology integration, bringing the first mobile technology lab to his school system, implementing the first online courses, and pioneering the use of technology programs to remediate students so they could stay on track for graduation.  After becoming the principal of a large comprehensive high school, he partnered with higher education and implemented the first (Cisco Certified Network Associate) CCNA certification program certifying high school students with full certification. He utilized online learning to provide greater access and flexibility for students. 

As the principal of an innovative early college high school that was focused on technology and leadership, he achieved 100% proficiency on all student assessments and a 100% high school graduation rate. At that school, he implemented the school system’s first 1:1 program.  He expanded the district virtual learning program allowing students across the school system to have access to online courses that were previously unattainable, growing the online participation to be second in the state. He also utilized online learning with a home school/public school collaboration.

Blattner earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, a master’s degree from Gardner-Webb University, and his doctorate from Wingate University in Educational Leadership focusing on digital transformations of school systems. He has served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Iredell-Statesville Schools, where he modernized the school system’s infrastructure to prepare for the digital transformation to a 1:1 grade six through twelve initiative that he would later lead.  

While employed with RSS, he has been recognized as chief Information Officer (CIO) of the year for Education by CharlotteCIO and the Charlotte Business Journal.



Choral students and their teacher

Jakein Johnson, Ethan Cardwell, and Xavier Vaughters, all tenors with the West Rowan High School Honors chorus, were chosen to be part of the NC Honors Chorus event at Wingate University.