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Phil Hintz

Gurnee School District 56
Director of Technology
Greater Chicago Area
Phil Hintz is the Director of Technology for Gurnee School District 56 in Gurnee, Illinois where he has been for the past 12 years. Currently, Phil's district is in their 6th year of a district- wide, 1:1 iPad initiative for all 2400 students and teachers in grades Pre-K through 8. Having been a regular presenter at ICE, Phil has presented at several other EdTech venues including ISTE, FETC, iPadpalooza, and Tech & Learning’s School CIO Summits, which he also writes several articles for throughout the year.
In 2015 Phil was chosen as the Technology Director of the Year for ICE and also ISTE’s Outstanding Leader of Year Award. In 2016, Phil was awarded NSBA’s top “20 to Watch” in EdTech. Most Recently, Phil was awarded Honorable Mention for the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) 2017 Withrow CTO Award. In July, Phil was recognized as the runner-up for Tech & Learning Magazine’s “Leader of the Year”.
Gurnee School District 56’s District-Wide 1:1 iPad Initiative was awarded the Apple Distinguished Program for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence for 2013-2015 and again in 2015-2017. In 2015, Gurnee School District 56 was inducted into the League of Innovative Schools by the Federal, Bi-Partisan organization, Digital Promise. This past summer, Gurnee School District 56 received the ISTE Distinguished District Award for 2017 for innovation in offering equitable and appropriate technology use for all students.


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