A MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER used grant money to fund a weekly student news broadcast. A
technology director created video booths to reveal to teachers where their math instruction was
falling short. A young, tech-savvy educator introduced a professional development program in
which student teachers model technology integration for their host teachers. These are but a
small sample of the diverse, imaginative projects that our 2008 class of Innovators developed and
implemented over the past year to use technology to further academic goals and provide 21stcentury
educational opportunities for K-12 students. We hope you will find in their efforts--
selected from the 122 entries we received for our annual honor-- inspiration for what your
schools and districts can do in 2009.
Jim Klein : Saugus Union School District (CA) :: James Natale : Frazier Middle School (PA) :: Ronda Stonecipher : San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (TX)
Lynda Gillespie : Chesterfield County Public Schools (VA) :: Jim Nelson and Kristen San Juan : Richardson Independent School District (TX) :: Kyle Lowry : Northview High School (CA)
Melissa Walker : Alamance-Burlington School System (NC) :: Randy Orwin : Bainbridge Island School District (WA) :: John Barnes : Jessamine Career and Technology Center (KY)
Mark Rhoades and Yvonne Johnson : Lewis and Clark High School (WA) :: Celine Azoulay-Lewin : New York City Department of Education :: Vincent Davila : Jesuit High School (FL)
This article originally appeared in the 12/01/2008 issue of THE Journal.
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Did you know that a technology refresh gave a school district the opportunity to reboot its approach to professional development and help its teachers learn how to ask for instructional support as they needed it? This only means one thing: it’s time to take your teacher training from “sit-and-git” to more professional learning.