• DIY Guides
    Implement Innovative Projects with these Free Resources
    DIY Guides
  • ADE Microdocumentaries
    Be Inspired by ADEs Innovating with Their Students
    ADE Microdocumentaries
  • ADE Roadmaps
    Hear Empowering Advice and Guidance from our ADEs to Create Your Own Program
    ADE Roadmaps
  • ADE App
    Looking for Teacher-Created, Field-Tested Classroom Projects? There’s an App for That
    ADE App

Inspire. Enable. Empower.

The Allen Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program engages teachers in greater innovation around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. The work of ADE-recognized teachers can lead to new opportunities in K-12 classrooms.

For teachers, by teachers - bring innovative projects to your class with Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Guides. DIY Guides include open source project plans, interactive guided tours and online discussion opportunities.


Go to DIY Guides
Are you a parent or administrator looking to be inspired by stories from our ADEs?
View Microdocumentaries

Be inspired by these short videos highlighting the amazing and innovative work our Allen Distinguished Educators are doing in their classrooms!
Are you an educator looking for innovative projects to bring into your classroom?

Explore detailed Do-It-Yourself (DIY) guides that include an interactive Guided Tour from an ADE, downloadable project plans, and additional resources.
DIY Grants are available for educators to support them with implementing DIY Projects. You must create an account to apply.
Are you an educator seeking advice on how to grow your innovative program?
View Roadmaps

Receive advice from Allen Distinguished Educators as they share roadmaps on how they created their programs, hurdles they overcame, and their best practices!
By celebrating ADEs, telling their stories, and sharing their innovations, this program hopes to inspire and embolden educators to offer students opportunities to master 21st century subjects and skills.
Meet our 2016 Allen Distinguished Educators

Our ADEs are all teachers who:
  • Design and implement innovative programs in computer science, engineering, and/or entrepreneurship education
  • Emphasize hands-on, real world, and project based learning
  • Incorporate 21st century skills, such as collaboration, creative problem solving, and design thinking
  • Encourage students to direct their own learning

Discovering Passion

Through Innovative Design

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Alyson Nelson
Nikola Tesla STEM High School
Redmond, WA


Young Minds

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Ashley Greenway
Elm Street Elementary School
Rome, GA

Drew Design

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Beth White, Reginald O'Neill, Courtney Bryant
Drew Charter School
Atlanta, GA

Met Center for

Innovation and


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Jodie Woodruff
The MET School
Providence, RI

Wilson High School

Computer Science

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Nick Nohner, Chris Bartlo
Wilson High School
Portland, OR

Learning Science

Through Makerspace

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Rob Rambach, Patrick Dempsey
Hixson Middle School
Webster Groves, MO

Engineering Brightness

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Tracey Winey, Dawn DuPriest
Preston Middle School
Fort Collins, CO