Inspire. Enable. Empower.
Three words that describe the mission of the Allen Distinguished Educators Program, as wells as the 16 finalists in this year’s national award search.
“The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Program engages teachers in greater innovation around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. The work for ADE-recognized teachers can lead to new opportunities in classrooms across the nation. A Paul G. Allen initiative, the program includes: a $25,000 award, do-it-yourself project guides, grants for DIY projects, microdocumentaries and video roadmaps for implementing an ADE Program.” –ADE website
Noyce Teaching Fellow Beth White, along with two other Atlanta teachers, secured one of the 16 finalist slots after ADE received 81 applications from across the US. Applications were reviewed by a four-person ADE program team, along with 11 external experts, over nearly four weeks. Reviewers were tasked with identifying applicants who “thoughtfully showcased an array of diverse and innovative strategies for teaching engineering, computer science, and entrepreneurship,” writes Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program.
Finalists were selected at the end of 2015 and the awardees are scheduled to be announced in March 2016. We congratulate Beth on the honor of being a finalist and are all pulling for her collaborative project to receive the recognition it deserves in 2016.
More information on the award is available on the ADE website.