Butler Tech has named William Sprankles as Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning. In this newly created role, Sprankles will oversee a team of employees focused on district initiatives involving curriculum, assessment and testing, instructional coaching, and college and career readiness. The department is designed to provide additional support to instructors to continuously advance and improve Butler Tech’s programs of study and to help teachers grow professionally.
“Career technical education is taking an increasingly important role in the continuum of education,” said Jon Graft, Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech. “We need to stay ahead of trends in technology and best practices for learning to make sure our students are prepared for their next steps, whether that is higher education or entering the workforce. William’s experience will be a tremendous resource for Butler Tech to build upon the rigor and relevancy of our career and academic courses, giving Butler Tech graduates a competitive edge in the marketplace.”
The Butler Tech Department of Innovative Teaching and Technology led by Sprankles will include:
- Three innovative teaching and learning coaches, who will work directly with teachers on curriculum development, instructional coaching and assessments
- A technology integration specialist, who will evaluate emerging technology and incorporate it into programs of study – such as drone technology that has applications across multiple careers
- An innovative teaching and learning coordinator who will work with teachers on continuing education, compliance training, licensure and professional development.
Sprankles most recently served as Executive Coach and Partnership Manager for the Center for Transformative Teacher Training (CT3), where he worked with school districts in major cities providing strategic guidance on strengthening school culture, leadership, classroom management and teaching methods. He previously served as Executive Director of Teaching and Learning at Princeton City Schools, where he oversaw comprehensive school improvement processes for more than 300 educators and 3,000 students. This includes de-tracking and desegregation efforts of students in the mainstream curriculum, resulting in a 98% graduation rate for all students in one of Ohio’s most diverse school districts.
Sprankles earned his bachelor’s degree in English education at Northern Kentucky University and his master’s in Educational Leadership at Xavier University. In 2010, the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission presented him with the Merlin G. Pope, Jr. Diversity Leadership Award.