Whitlock, a resident of Cloverdale, is a former teacher and board member in Cloverdale Schools.
He has done some interesting things with technology education in multiple school districts. Whitlock has helped develop a new, mobile-device-enabled, online teacher evaluation tool that is getting a lot of attention from schools seeking better ways to comply with the new education reform regulations.
Whitlock currently serves as the technology, curriculum and testing coordinator at North Daviess Community School Corporation in Elnora in Daviess County.
He is also the cofounder of EdTechZone LLC, a startup company that consults on a broad range of technology education issues, including helping school corporations develop a vision and direction for their technology and curriculum programs. EdTechZone recently made headlines when its mobile-device-enabled, online teacher evaluation tool --"Standards for Success" -- was adopted by the Indiana Association of School Principals.
The TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder Award is given annually to an individual, program or organization that has demonstrated, beyond the call of duty, a sustained ability to:
-- Provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program access to underserved Indiana youth.
-- Educate underserved Indiana youth with real world STEM applications.
-- Inspire underserved Indiana youth to engage in their futures and pursue STEM careers.
-- Engage professionals in volunteerism that supports STEM initiatives serving underserved Indiana Youth.
Whitlock was chosen for the honor because of "his significant and lasting contributions in transforming education by providing Indiana students with 21st-century, high-tech classroom and out-of-classroom experiences."
Whitlock led a team that brought the New Tech High Learning Model to North Daviess Community Schools, and began a take-home computer program in his district.
In collaboration with a local university, Whitlock spearheaded a program that allows students to graduate with a high school diploma while also receiving a general studies associate's degree. This year, 29 percent of the 2012 graduating class of North Daviess High School will graduate with a high school diploma and a general studies associate's degree.