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The Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame recognizes long-term distance learning practitioners or advocates whose careers are characterized by exceptional commitment, outstanding achievements, and enduring impact. The 2011 Inductee for the Hall of Fame is Ms. Marci Powell.

Ms. Powell’s noteworthy accomplishments:

  • With over 20 years of focused dedication, Ms. Powell is and has been a true pioneer in distance learning.
  • She was a primary player in the original practices with the Texas Virtual School District, a project involving collaboration between six school districts across Texas.
  • She has overseen budgets and administration for millions of dollars in grant funding, including Project KIDS (Key Instructional Design Strategies,) a $10 million grant with the U.S. Department of Education that reached thousands of underserved Texas children.
  • While leading Allen ISD, her district was named, “Lighthouse District for Technology Integration” by the TEA Commissioner of Education, thus proclaiming it an example to be referenced by all districts in the state.
  • After moving to industry, she continued to crusade for distance learning while training and consulting with educators across all constituencies recognized by TxDLA (K-12, higher education, government, healthcare, military and industry).
  • She served on manufacturers’ Product Design Customer Councils to help design solutions specific to educators, including interface design for devices used to manage distance learning classrooms.
  • She led and organized the first TxDLA Regional Groups in the late 90’s.
  • She created several strong and lasting TxDLA traditions that have promoted the expansion of the largest network of distance learning professionals across the state.

The 2010-2011 TxDLA Hall of Fame Selection Committee recommended Ms. Powell for induction into the Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame. Many positive supporting documents accompanied Ms. Powell’s nomination including support from TexasA&M University, United States Distance Learning Association and Stanford University.

“Marci’s advancement from working with one K-12 district to becoming a world leader in industry proves her ability to influence many,” noted the nominator.

It is truly an honor for the 2010-2011 TxDLA Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Selection Committee to welcome Ms. Marci Powell into the Texas Distance Learning Hall of Fame.