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CSD Employee ‘Making IT Happen’

A man known as a “programming genius” among his Canyons Information Technology colleagues has received an internationally-recognized award for revolutionizing how student data is gathered, distributed, and analyzed in Canyons School District.

CSD IT consultant Jeff Murry has received the prestigious “Making IT Happen” award of International Society for Technology in Education. Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program honoring educators and technology leaders worldwide their commitment to and innovation in educational technology. Murry received the award from his colleagues in Utah, and now is in the running for an international “Making IT Happen” award.

“Jeff has revolutionized education in the Canyons School District. He expects success and helps others to succeed by using his technology skills to help educators access information that helps them help their students achieve,” Canyons Education Technology Specialist Katie Blunt said.

Murry is noted for his development of the Canyons Data Dashboard. The Data Dashboard packages student achievement information into a single, easy-to-navigate database for teachers. The Data Dashboard allows teachers to better use data to drive instruction, help students receive the interventions they need to succeed, monitor student progress, and create targeted Comprehensive School Improvement Plans.

“Jeff’s focus is always on customer service and his work ethic demonstrates his aim for perfection. He is consistently pleasant, always composed, and approaches each new situation with a smile and a wicked sense of humor,” Canyons Information Technology Director Scot McCombs said. “Jeff loves technology and education and has shown his commitment to both throughout his career. His knowledge, expertise, and dedication have blessed the lives of countless students and employees throughout the Wasatch Front.”

The Making IT Happen award comes with a prize packet from ISTE and $500 cash from the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology.

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