Director of Technology and Innovation at South Fayette School District
Aileen Owens is the Director of Technology and Innovation for South Fayette Township School District. Since joining the district in 2010, Aileen and her team have focused on building a vertically aligned and articulated computational thinking initiative K-12. Challenged and supported by the Grable Foundation to make innovation happen, and to support equity in education in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Aileen directs the STEAM Innovation Summer Institute. Recently awarded a PAsmart Advancing grant by PA Department of Education, Aileen and her team collaborate and support seven regional school districts as they co-create a unique vision for a CS/STEAM pathway and provide opportunities for all districts in the Commonwealth.
Aileen is the recipient of Education Week’s Leaders to Learn From Award 2018; Pennsylvania ASCD Outstanding Research and Publication Award 2018; the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Frank Withrow Outstanding CTO Award 2016;and the PAECT Chief Technology Officer of the Year 2015. She shares and collaborates with educators nationally, presenting at SXSW Interactive;ISTE; World Maker Faire NYC; Scratch@MIT; and the Digital Media and Learning Conference. Aileen is actively involved in the Pittsburgh Remake Learning Network.
Aileen’s recent publications include chapters entitled:“Computational Thinking and Participatory Teaching as Pathways to Personalized Learning” with Eric Hamilton in the book Digital Technologies and Instructional Design for Personalized Learning, IGI Global, 2018 and
“A Future-Focused Education -Designed to Create the Innovators of Tomorrow” in the book Emerging Research, Practice and Policy on Computational Thinking, March 2017, Springer Press.