Middle Bit: ICAD hires first full-time director for Iowa EdTech Collaborative

The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD) has announced the hiring of Dr. Mark Butland as Director of the Iowa EdTech Collaborative.

Butland will lead the execution of the Iowa EdTech Collaborative strategy; connecting ecosystem organizations and companies, enhancing the piloting and demonstration environment for EdTech in Iowa, improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and creating and encouraging workforce development activities.

“Leading the Iowa EdTech Collaborative will be an opportunity to think big, make meaningful connections, and drive impactful change in classrooms across the United States while growing our local and state economy,” said Butland.

Before moving to Iowa City to serve as the Dean of Kirkwood Community Colleges’ Iowa City campus Butland served as Professor and Faculty Senate President at Austin Community College. During his time in Austin, he pioneered a distance learning hybrid format for delivering communication courses online and facilitated and led large-scale change initiatives.

“With extensive leadership experience in higher education and a proven track record of leading large scale initiatives, Dr. Butland is a perfect choice for the Iowa EdTech Collaborative Director role,” said Dr. Ada Woo, Chief of Staff and Senior Director at Ascend Learning. “I am excited to support Mark and the ICAD team as we advance the education technology sector and build a robust state-wide edtech ecosystem.”

“Mark’s leadership experiences at Kirkwood and Austin Community Colleges paired with his passion for bringing people together and his demonstrated ability to be innovative and forward-thinking is a perfect match for the Director role. We’re excited to have someone with his past experiences in education, EdTech, and entrepreneurial collaboration leading this initiative,” said Kate Moreland, President of ICAD. 

Nominations open for 2021 Prometheus Awards

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) has announced that the nomination period is now open for the 2021 Prometheus Awards.

Nominations will be accepted through August 13. To submit a nomination, visit technologyiowa.org/2021-prometheus-awards. Finalists will be announced in early September, and winners will be recognized at the 2021 Prometheus Awards on Nov. 4.

Continuum Ag Field Day

Continuum Ag is holding its annual Soil Health field day on June 7th in Washington, Iowa.

Rick Clark, Dr. Rick Haney, Secretary Mike Naig, Zach Johnson and a host of others will highlight the day’s keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakouts. Join this free event in person or online for the latest in soil health, sustainability, and carbon.

This event is free, but registration is required.