Leslie Wilson is a founder and former Chief Executive Officer of One-to-One Institute. Over the course of 38+ years, she served education in top level, key decision-making roles at state and local levels. Wilson’s research, advocacy and change agency have impacted national and international education technology research and discussions. She is fueled by a recognized passion and proven ability to transform education to a student-focused ecosystem. Recognized as an international expert in education technology-particularly around one to one programs-Wilson is a frequent writer, presenter and interviewee.
A noted scholar, matriculating from three universities, Wilson honed theory into practice through teaching and administration positions in seven school districts and in the state. As high school principal, she led the school’s recognition as National Blue Ribbon and New American High School. In district administrative positions, Wilson abandoned traditional roles by creating Outward-Bound based professional growth programs that created collaboration, keen problem-solving and the ability to lead reform in large organizations. Increased rigor, high expectations, improved student outcomes, individualization and effective technology integration were highlights in each organization Wilson served.
As co-director of Michigan’s $40M, 1:1 Program, “Freedom to Learn”, Wilson’s efforts touched more than 30,000 students and 1000+ teachers. Wilson captured and amplified Michigan’s best practices, services and consultancies into what became the foundation for One-to-One Institute’s work. An Education Policy/Program Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership, Wilson created and led an advanced fellowship program specifically for those leading educational technology.
Wilson was recruited and appointed Board President for Nexus Academy, a blended learning, 1:1 school of choice, in Lansing, Michigan. Within a year, the school’s enrollment has increased nearly fivefold with demonstrated student achievement results.
Wilson co-authored, “Project RED-The Technology Factor, Nine Keys to Student Achievement and Cost Effectiveness” which is the most broadly used research around successful implementation of 1:1 technologies in schools. She also co-authored, “Revolutionizing Education through Technology, and “Technology for Learning: A Guidebook for Change”. As contributing author, Wilson worked with industry leaders, policy makers, Federal Communications Commission and US Department of Education to publish “The Digital Textbook Playbook”.
With her retirement from her role as founder and CEO of One to One Institute, Leslie will remain connected and support OTO’s leadership transition and continue her consultant organization Wilson Public Sector Consulting, LLC.