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Research at SWPlains Garners National Recognition

Dr. Gillespie receives national award for Digital eWalkThrough® System

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Dr. Kelly Gillespie, CEO of Southwest Plains Regional Service Center in Sublette, Kansas has been named the recipient of the E. Robert Stephens Award from the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) for her design of the Digital eWalkThrough® System. The award was presented on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at our Annual Conference in Savannah, GA.

The E. Robert Stephens Award seeks to recognize an individual with a track record of “designing, creating, and amplifying access to a regional system of education through research.” The work at Southwest Plains surrounding the Digital eWalkThrough® System is the centerfold of Kelly’s portfolio.  Additionally, the release of her latest book, “#eWalkThrough: Digital System for Instructional Leaders” has had a huge impact in the field as districts and schools implement the process.


The eWalkThrough® is a web-based observation tool used for coaching and mentoring.  It is accessible via a tablet or phone.  The eWalkThrough® is currently being utilized by PK-12 schools, college and universities, and its application is beginning to enter the private sector market.  Recognition of the quality, innovation, and solution-focused service delivered by Southwest Plains is spreading throughout the country.

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