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.


Be Inspired: Meet Allen Distinguished Educators

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
November 2, 2015

In 2014, we welcomed seven educators into the inaugural Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Program. These educators were recognized and awarded $25,000 for their distinguished work integrating innovative engineering and/or entrepreneurship curriculum into their classrooms. Four ADEs, Regan Drew, Glenn Corey, Scott Swaaley and Mike Wierusz, remained actively involved in a year-long fellowship program that served as an incubator to strengthen their network and support. During the fellowship, these four ADEs shared stories, innovative projects, and words of advice for like-minded educators to reference and use to build and improve their own projects, programs and practices.

Be inspired by these short videos and brief bios that highlight the amazing and innovative work that Allen Distinguished Educators are doing in their classroom!


We Are Inspiring, Enabling, and Empowering Innovation in Education

By Dave Ferrero, Senior Program Officer in Education at Vulcan Inc.
October 30, 2015

On any given day in a classroom of an Allen Distinguished Educator (ADE) you are likely to observe students solving real problems in their communities, using new technologies like 3D printers or laser cutters, and designing their own projects based on their personal interests.

“I wish my class looked like that!” is a common phrase we hear from teachers, students and parents alike — and we agree. We believe that innovation is a key driver of improved learning opportunities for young people. Through the ADE Program we are recognizing the work of innovative teachers of computer science, engineering and entrepreneurship, and packaging their projects in ways that inspire, enable and empower educators across the nation to adopt their practices.


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