Educational Services of America Wins International Innovation Award from Citrix
Source: Educational Services of America News Release
Date: May 10, 2012
Author: Educational Services of America
Educational Services of America (ESA)
is the winner of the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award, an international
award recognizing visionary organizations that use Citrix technology
solutions to drive innovation and simplify information technology.
Using Citrix technology solutions, ESA students with special needs
are provided specialized instruction and at-risk students get the
support they need to succeed in school, reducing the likelihood they
will drop out.
ESA, one of three finalists, was the only finalist headquartered in North America. The award was presented Wednesday, May 9, at Synergy San Francisco, Citrix's premier event on cloud computing, virtualization and networking.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 10, 2012) ― Educational Services of America (ESA)
is the winner of the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award, which recognizes
companies using Citrix technology solutions to simplify information
technology, improve organizational agility and transform the way they do
the nation's leading provider of K-12 alternative and special education
schools and programs for students at risk of dropping out and for
students with special needs, uses Citrix private cloud technology to
help educate more than 12,000 students nationwide each year. ESA uses
its Citrix solution to deliver tutoring and other educational support to
students on demand and at their convenience, wherever their learning
sessions can become an integrated part of their day.
Information Technology and Curriculum teams led the partnership with
Citrix and the collaboration with our teachers, directors and leadership
to transform the ways we reach students," Mark Claypool,
ESA president and CEO, said. "As a result of this collaboration, we can
scale up quickly and efficiently to reach students wherever they are,
any time, on any device, and students can easily access educational
resources on their terms and timeline, greatly improving their academic
performance and enriching their lives."
The award was presented Wednesday, May 9, at Synergy San Francisco,
Citrix's premier event on cloud computing, virtualization and
networking. Citrix solicited nominations of innovative customers from
its partners and regional sales teams around the world and narrowed them
down to three finalists. ESA was the only finalist headquartered in North America.
allows ESA to reach students wherever they are, any time, on any
device, from a school-based PC to a learning center thin client or the
student's own Mac or iPad, freeing students from a desktop computer at a
learning center or school.
With Citrix NetScaler, Repeater and Branch Repeater,
students are engaged by rich, often graphically intense multimedia
content tailored to their individual learning needs and style—with a
high-performance experience—even over uncontrolled wide area networks
(WANs). Citrix allows ESA to deploy desktop-based applications alongside
web-based applications in one environment, resulting in maximum
flexibility in the programming choices available for students.
"Congratulations to Educational Services of America for winning the 2012 Citrix Customer Innovation Award," said Kim DeCarlis,
Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Citrix.
"All of our finalists
told amazing stories of how technology can drive business innovation and
how it can ultimately do more than just change the way people work, but
change the way people live. ESA has a unique and touching story of how
technology is truly making a difference in the lives of kids who need
specialized and personalized ways of learning in order to succeed in
life. It's great to see ESA use Citrix technology to provide
educational opportunities to students that otherwise might be left
behind. We are proud to recognize their accomplishments and look forward
to witnessing what they achieve with their students in the future."
mission is to provide personalized, evidence-based educational services
for non-traditional learners in collaboration with families and public
school districts. To fulfill this mission, ESA operates two strategic
service divisions: Ombudsman Educational Services,
which partners with public school districts to provide alternative
education to non-traditional learners and students who are at risk of
dropping out of school, and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs,
which partners with public schools to provide individualized services
for students with challenging educational and behavioral needs such as
autism, emotional disturbance and developmental delay. ESA partners with
240 public school districts in 22 states and the District of Columbia to serve 12,000 students each year in more than 170 schools and programs. For more information, visit www.esa-education.com.
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Photo: ESA accepts the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award (Click to download hi-res)
Accepting the 2012 Citrix Innovation Award:
ESA’s Director of IT Projects Harold Ragland, EVP and Chief Information Officer Alan Watson, and Director of Corporate IT Operations Sherri Cunningham with Citrix Vice President of Corporate Marketing Kim DeCarlis
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Ombudsman Educational Services
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