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. 


MAKEShift Poetry: What does innovative education mean to you?

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
April 11, 2016

Hands-on learning is fun and valuable for educators too! In early March, the Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program announced the 2016 class of ADEs at an awards reception at SXSWedu. To kick-off the event, attendees exercised their creativity through a “MAKEShift Poetry” activity developed by 2014 ADE Scott Swaaley. Engineering meets language arts in this interdisciplinary  project in which participants were prompted to create a poem that answers the question: “What does innovative education mean to you?" Participants were then asked to create a figurative representation of their poem using gears and a magnetic board. 

Check out a few of the inspiring MAKEShift poems by event guests and the ADE community.


Collaborative Communities Support Progressive Teaching

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 19, 2016

Teachers want and deserve meaningful networking opportunities with like-minded educators as they break through barriers to create change and pioneer more forward-thinking practices in education. The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program is working to support a growing community of educators who are seeking out colleagues with whom to share resources and ideas. “The number one benefit of the ADE program is dedicated time with like-minded colleagues,” says Scott Swaaley, a high school teacher at High Tech High, San Diego and 2014 ADE.


Partnerships Support Innovative Education

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
December 22, 2015

Teamwork makes the dream work. The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program is proud to partner with forward-thinking education organizations to recognize and reward progressive educators and to help spread the adoption of their innovative programs, projects and practices. Together, our work amplifies messaging and brings further recognition to outstanding teachers who are leading in computer science, engineering and entrepreneurship education.