Rural Educators Learn Tips and Best Practices to Effectively and “Radically” Collaborate

By Liz Meredith, Technology Integration Coach, Friend of the Allen Distinguished Educators program and Advocate for Educator Collaborations
November 4, 2016

As a Technology Integration Coach for a small district in southeastern Ohio, I see the importance of collaboration every day. Through technology, I create opportunities for students and teachers to connect with others. I was recently invited to present at the Rural Education National Forum (NREF) on this topic that I care so much about. Being asked to present at the forum was both an honor, and another opportunity for me to help others.

More than 500 attendees from 39 states attended NREF this year. With an overarching theme of collaboration, many sessions throughout the conference highlighted best practices and successful programs. At the conference I presented two sessions as well as the closing keynote, which featured a Roadmap from the Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) award program. 


Collaboration at ISTE 2016 Supports Global Education

By Tracey Winey, media and STEM specialist at Preston Middle School, adjunct professor at Colorado State University and 2016 Allen Distinguished Educator
August 1, 2016

Educators have known for generations that we are better, stronger, and more effective when we work together, share ideas, and stretch each other’s beliefs. A powerful network of teachers can define educational opportunities that inspire students all year long. International Standards of Technology in Education (ISTE) knows this and has provided a strong conference for educators to meet and work together annually. ISTE 2016 was hosted in Denver this year (my own backyard), and I was very excited to meet and reconnect with other Colorado educators in my personal learning network. 


Raise a Glass to Celebrate the 2016 Class of Allen Distinguished Educators

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 16, 2016

Join us in celebrating the 2016 class of Allen Distinguished Educators on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Austin Downtown 6th Floor, Grand Ballroom during SXSWedu. The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program will publicly announce the winners of the $25,000 ADE Award, which recognizes and rewards teachers who are leading and developing innovative computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship programs that support real-world applications, hands-on learning, and provide students with the essential skills and concepts they will need to succeed in the 21st century.


The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Program Announces 16 Finalists for $25,000 Award

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
December 11, 2015

From engineering prosthetic limbs, to student-run businesses, to out-of-the-box computer science curricula, and more, Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) award applicants thoughtfully showcased an array of diverse and innovative strategies for teaching engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship. Now expanding to a second cohort of distinguished educators, the $25,000 ADE Award recognizes and rewards innovative K-12 teachers who help students master these disciplines through hands-on, experiential, and project-based learning.  The program was developed by Paul G. Allen based on his belief that innovation is a key driver in improving learning opportunities for young people.