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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New Open-Educator Resources Available Now

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
June 14, 2016

Allen Distinguished Educators is enabling a growing subset of teachers who want to employ 21st century learning strategies with their students through open-educator resources. ADE recently launched seven new DIY Guides for K-12 educators to adapt and implement ADE-designed projects in their classrooms as well as 14 new Roadmaps for building and growing innovative education programs. These new resources were developed by the 2016 class of ADEs. 

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ADE Community Newsletter | June 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
June 3, 2016

Teachers know that summer break is a great time to relax and reflect on the school year. And they know that summer break is also a great time to start planning new learning experiences for students.

On June 14, Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) will release new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guides for creating classroom projects that foster hands-on learning as well as new Roadmaps to overcoming common barriers to innovative teaching and learning. These open educator resources were developed by the 2016 class of ADEs.

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