3 Road-Tested Tools and Tips to Help Students Master 21st Century Skills

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
September 29, 2016

Between snaps, apps, naps, and class, high school students are considering their next steps after graduation. The job market is increasingly influenced by transformative technology, global communications, and complex problems that require collaborative solutions. Teachers working within the confines of traditional school settings often face challenges as they look for ways to equip students with the “21st century skills” they need to be successful. Allen Distinguished Educators, facing similar challenges, have developed “Roadmaps” with practical, tactical solutions to overcoming these challenges. These ADE Roadmaps offer road-tested advice and guidance for  teachers based on their experience. 

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DIY Guide Grants Available to Engage Students in Authentic Learning

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 21, 2016

Engage Students in Authentic Learning

with DIY Guide grants from Allen Distinguished Educators


The application period for DIY Guide grants from ADE is open now!

Teachers are encouraged to apply for grants (up to $1,000) to creatively adapt and implement hands-on, student-directed classroom projects developed by award-winning educators. Applicants can choose from 11 innovative computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship projects from burrito-fueled STEM explorations, to engineering habitats for hermit crabs, and more.

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Looking for Teacher-Created, Field-Tested Classroom Projects? There’s an App for That

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 7, 2016

The recently released Allen Distinguished Educators app makes it easier than ever for teachers to discover hands-on, student-directed projects that engage students in authentic learning. These projects were created by award-winning educators teaching in unique and diverse classrooms across the nation.

Teachers can download the app now for iOS or Android mobile devices.

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Teaching Entrepreneurship Outside-The-Box with Cardboard Boxes

By Alaine Davis, middle school Montessori teacher in Bothell, WA, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 6, 2016

Award-winning project replicated with DIY Guide grant from Allen Distinguished Educators

DIY Guide grants ensure adoption of ADE-created classroom projects and practices across a diverse range of schools – engaging student of all backgrounds.

“Middle school students can become very passionate about making the world a better place, but more often simply feel powerless,” explained Alaine Davis, a middle school teacher and DIY Guide grantee from Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE). “The 52-Minute Challenge presented a great opportunity for my students to take action.” Davis is one of 28 teachers to receive a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program this year. 

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Burritos Creatively Fuel STEM Classroom Project

By Annamarie Wyland, high school teacher in Waynesburg, PA, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
July 5, 2016

Award-winning project replicated with DIY Guide grant from Allen Distinguished Educators

DIY Guide grants ensure adoption of ADE-created classroom projects and practices across a diverse range of schools – engaging student of all backgrounds.

"I am always looking for exciting, new, hands-on activities to complete with my students and I know that food is a great motivator. The 53 Miles per Burrito project was a perfect combination of both,” explained Annamarie Wyland, a special education high school teacher and DIY Guide grantee from Allen Distinguished Educators. “My students were interested and excited once they understood no one had to actually bike 53 miles.” Wyland is one of 28 teachers to receive a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program this year."

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