Rurik Nackerud has been named an Emerging Leader by Phi Delta Kappa International. He is among the 25 recipients that PDK has identified across the US under the age of 40 that demonstrate innovative practices in education. The 2013 Emerging Leaders are hosted at an event in Washington, DC, in December, and will spend two days networking, meeting with education leaders, and talking to policymakers. Mr. Nackerud’s work in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction is helping to advance technology usage and research in preK-12 classrooms. In addition, he is doing doctoral work on games as learning tools—an emerging field in education. This summer he was assigned to the GSE’s iPad Research Initiative and helped to distribute and train faculty and students in the use of iPads and iPad minis in preK-12 teacher education classes.