Rashad Slade
Director of Blended Learning
Guilford County Schools (NC)

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Rashad Slade is the Director of Blended Learning for Guilford County Schools (GCS) in North Carolina. GCS is the third-largest district in North Carolina, serving nearly 72,000 students across 126 schools in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Rashad began his career as a high school Career & Technical Education teacher. After 8 years in the classroom, he made the transition to become a district -level technology integration specialist. Soon after, he was selected to participate in the Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy (PTLA); a full-time principal preparation program for high need schools. Following PTLA, he became the Director of Instructional Technology & Innovation; which encompassed three areas: Instructional Technology, Virtual Learning, and Library Media Services. In this role, he was principal of the district’s online virtual school, serving over 2,000 students annually. Under his leadership, he increased diversity amongst the online instructional staff through equitable hiring practices, increased online enrollment each year, and increased student pass rates to 91%, which included courses that required state assessments. He also launched online middle school courses and successfully implemented an adaptive math remediation program for 17,000 middle school students.

In his current role, he supervises virtual learning, blended learning, credit recovery, and all aspects of K-12 instructional technology. He collaborates with staff to plan, develop and implement professional learning activities that support the use of technology in all areas of education.

Rashad holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in information systems, a master’s degree in education, and is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership.