ASU Preparatory Academy Leader Honored For Contributions To Student Achievement

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Spirit of DLAC Award Recognizes Julie Young’s Ongoing Collaboration, Knowledge Sharing

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TEMPE, Arizona (March 12, 2024) Julie Young was recognized during the recent Digital Learning Annual Conference with a Spirit of DLAC award in recognition of her contributions to helping students reach their full potential. Young is the former ASU Vice President of Educational Outreach and Managing Director of ASU Preparatory Academy. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to ASU Prep.

The Spirit of DLAC award honors individuals who embody the spirit of selfless sharing, support and collegiality across the digital learning field. Young began her career as an elementary educator and has continued to use that lens in designing internationally connected and engaging models of education throughout her career.

Young’s distinguished tenure as President and CEO of Florida Virtual School from its inception in 1996 marks a significant chapter in her career, during which she turned the organization into a model of excellence for online learning.

A long-standing leader in the field, Young has set new standards for personalized, accessible education across the world. Her visionary leadership extended Florida Virtual School’s reach to over 2 million students in 50 states and 68 countries, establishing it as a global benchmark for innovative, personalized learning solutions.

Moreover, her trailblazing work has paved the way for countless education leaders, inspiring them to adopt and further her innovative approaches. Young’s passion for building teams and creating cultural alignment has been instrumental in shaping successful forward-thinking learning models.

Young continues to put her expertise as the leading authority on virtual and online education to use as she advises a number of entrepreneurial education and technology organizations, including ASU Prep.

“As the education landscape evolves, we must continually challenge ourselves to bring new and innovative opportunities to help students excel,” Young said. “I wholeheartedly believe that creating new avenues for academic success requires collaboration and idea sharing at every level of the education system, and I’m deeply honored to be recognized for sharing my passion with others.”

Among her many recognitions, Young also is the distinguished recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, she was featured in Digital Learning’s Converge Yearbook as a top 50 innovator, named Technology & Learning Top 30 Influencers in Ed Tech, 2010 and received the Florida Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award.

Young graduated with a master’s in education from the University of South Florida following her undergraduate work at the University of Kentucky. She is a Fellow of the 22nd class of the Pahara – Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

About ASU Preparatory Academy

ASU Prep is chartered by Arizona State University and serves more than 7,000 students across its network. ASU Prep uses innovative approaches to curriculum to prepare all students for success in graduating from a university. Its mission is to design new models for educational success and raise academic achievement for all learners. ASU Preparatory Academy has schools in Phoenix, South Phoenix, Mesa and Casa Grande. In addition, ASU Prep Digital serves online students grades K–12 in Arizona and around the world. For more information, visit

About the Digital Learning Collaborative

The Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) is a membership group made up of educators, providers and supporters seeking to improve education for all schools and students through research, information-sharing and collaborative activities. Members include school districts, state agencies, online schools, state virtual schools, NGOs and companies. DLC provides spaces for collaboration, community and professional learning, and promotes recognized quality standards. Members receive exclusive access, including: an expert community of educators serving students across the continuum of digital learning; curated resources; advocacy that accelerates the impact of high-quality digital learning; and Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC). The DLC runs the DLAC; the DLC is organized by the Evergreen Education Group. The Evergreen Education Group has been the leading advisory and consulting firm in K-12 online, hybrid and blended learning for 21 years. We advise companies, NGOs and government agencies on a variety of digital learning issues, including digital learning trends, policies and practice.