Nationally Recognized District Technology Leader Joins Lightspeed Systems Team

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The safe, social learning company is pleased to announce the hiring of educational technology expert, Darryl LaGace

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Mr. LaGace will bring his real-world experience with an iPad roll-out to a company committed to helping schools manage and effectively implement mobile learning.

After a number of years in service to public education, Darryl LaGace is joining Lightspeed Systems as Executive VP Global Business Development. Mr. LaGace previously served as Chief Information and Technology Officer for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), where among other notable achievements he pioneered an Apple iPad one-to-one initiative. LaGace is making the transition to Lightspeed Systems for an opportunity that will allow him to support digital transformation initiatives on a global scale. He shares Lightspeed Systems’ passion for providing equitable access to technology and for working together with schools to use the company’s innovative solutions to improve student achievement and provide for a better personalized learning experience.

Over the past four years, Mr. LaGace has championed the opportunity to revolutionize education in 7,000 SDUSD classrooms and impact the learning of 130,000 students and he is looking forward to bringing his real-world experience to the Lightspeed Systems team. Under LaGace’s leadership and direction, SDUSD was one of 20 school and library sites selected to test the FCC’s “Learning on the Go” (LOGO) wireless pilot program, using eRate money to support mobile internet connections. Recently, SDUSD was also selected as the pilot school district for the Connect2Compete program to provide low cost broadband service and discounted computer offerings for eligible students and their families.

The capstone of Mr. LaGace’s experience at SDUSD has been the recent i21 classroom initiative. He is responsible for the vision and implementation of the program, an innovative design for the transformation of teaching and learning to reflect the needs of today’s 21st century student—pairing interactive white board technology with the teacher tablet PC and a 1:1 access ratio of student iPads and Netbooks district wide.

Beyond the significant work he has done in creating and maintaining sophisticated networks, he has provided leadership at the national, state and county level, including two terms as president of the California Educational Technology Professionals Association, serving on the national Board for the Consortium of School Networking, and being appointed to the CENIC board to oversee the implementation of broadband access to educational institutions across the state of California.

Mr. LaGace has presented at major conferences nationwide and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Computerworld Award for Innovative Educational Technology, the Civic Excellence Award for his work in K-12 education reform, Cable in the Classroom Leaders in Learning Award, the National Withrow Award. He has also been honored by and named as a Laureate of the Smithsonian Institute for his work Transforming Education through Technology and was recently honored at the San Diego Information Technology Executive of the Year awards.

Lightspeed Systems is the only company dedicated to developing safe social networking tools and mobile learning solutions built specifically for K12 education. Mr. LaGace will bring his real-world experience with an iPad roll-out to a company committed to helping schools manage and effectively implement mobile learning. Through this partnership, Mr. LaGace and Lightspeed Systems will be able to help more classrooms around the world to create safe, collaborative, and mobile learning environments.


About Lightspeed Systems
To us, education isn't an industry; it's a passion. Our solutions make it safe, secure, and easy for IT staff to give users access to resources that make learning engaging, collaborative—and real.

Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has been partnering with, listening to, and supporting IT staff in schools—making their day-to-day tasks manageable and their educational goals reachable. Today our solutions are used in more than 2,800 school districts for more than 9 million students. Our products have won numerous awards and our company has been recognized on the Inc. 5,000 list as one of the fastest-growing private companies for the last five years. But more than what we've done, we're interested in what we can do, together: transform education. For more information, call 661-716-7600, or visit

Toni Frantz
Lightspeed Systems

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