The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) is honoring Ashley Cowger, the executive director of strategy and integration for Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) for her support of information technology professional and public education on behalf of urban school children.
The national organization presented to Cowger its Distinguished Service Award at the council’s Chief Information Officers Meeting June 5 in Denver. The award also recognizes Cowger for her leadership, innovation, commitment, and professionalism.
“Today, we would like to recognize an individual for their contributions to the CGCS IT community and beyond,” said Willie Burroughs, the council’s director of management services, who presented the award to Cowger.
The Distinguished Service Award carries an expectation of continued/increased participation and responsibility, including serving on review teams, contributing to white papers, and serving on subcommittees.
Cowger joined IPS in 2015 as a special education teacher. She has been in her current role since 2020, leading transformation strategy for the district and the functional work of IT, business intelligence, digital instruction, and professional learning to ensure the school district’s infrastructure, people, and resources are laser focused on supporting high-quality teaching, learning and business.