ADE Community Newsletter | December 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
December 9, 2016

New this month: Season’s greetings from us to you, resources for your students to engineer their own holiday gifts, and professional development tools from Allen Distinguished Educators.

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ADE Community Newsletter | November 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
November 9, 2016

New this month: Learn how young students on the autism spectrum engaged in a customized physics and arts lesson, discover how ADE Roadmaps can be used for professional development, and find out how one ADE’s educational program is exemplifying a “school of the future.”

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Mobilizing Haikus for Learners on the Autism Spectrum

By Laura Kristek, kindergarten through second grade special education teacher in Chicago, IL, and Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
November 7, 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.

Laura Kristek, a special education teacher in Chicago, modified a high school level poetry and engineering project developed by Allen Distinguished Educator, Scott Swaaley, to engage her K-2 students who are on the autism spectrum. Her students have varying degrees of strengths with communication, social interactions, and behavioral control, and they are very enthusiastic and diligent participants in class. “They are a joy to teach,” Kristek explains. She is one of 28 teachers to receive a DIY Guide grant from the ADE program in the spring of 2016.

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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. 

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ADE Community Newsletter | October 2016

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
October 6, 2016

New this month: Help your students master 21st century skills with practical advice from Allen Distinguished Educators, and learn how a 4th grade teacher in Chicago adapted the 53 Miles per Burrito project with a DIY Guide grant.

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