I have been blogging quite a bit on this big event and we have 100 top innovative K-12 educators on our Redmond campus this week for the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum. Educators will exhibit projects that creatively use technology to positively impact learning. The top 10 educators from this event will go on to represent the United States at a global forum this fall that will draw 700 educators, school leaders, press, and education thought leaders from 75 countries.IMG_0841

We are extremely happy to have an incredible list of judges for the U.S. event who are volunteering their time this week (and many hours prior) to review projects and interact with these educators to make their assessments. Educator’s projects will be evaluated based on a detailed rubric that has been used globally in other regional forums that assesses the project’s learning design, evidence of student learning, collaboration, knowledge building, extending learning beyond the classroom, use of technology, and how the teacher is innovating.

We wanted to extend a sincere thank you to all of these individuals who are helping to showcase and highlight these amazing educators who are doing innovative and creative things in classrooms throughout the country.

Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum judging panel:

Khalil Abdel Massih

Microsoft Partners in Learning Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Dubai

Deirdre Butler – Head Judge

Senior Lecturer in Education, Digital Learning, St. Patrick’s College, Ireland

Leslie Conery

Deputy CEO, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Oregon

Vicki Davis

Teacher & Author, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, Georgia

Steve Dembo

Director of Online Community and Social Media Strategy, Discovery Education, Illinois

Les Foltos

Director, Peer-Ed, Washington

Byron V. Garrett

Senior Consultant, NBC News - Education Nation, New York

Robert Ginsburg

CTO Version3/CSI Cloud services, CSI Technology Outfitters, South Carolina

Rod Gode

Senior Director, US Education Specialist, Microsoft Corporation, California

Mary Alice Heuschel

Superintendent, Renton School District #403, Washington

Lee Kolbert

Manager, Dept. of Educational Technology, School District Palm Beach County, Florida

Peter Magnuson

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Brian McAllister

Co-Founder, Roadtrip Nation, California

Michaela Miller

Director, Teacher and Principal Evaluation, National Board Certification, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington

Kirsten Panton

Western Europe Lead, Partners in Learning, Microsoft Corporation, Denmark

Jonathan Parley

Manager of Creative Design and Media, Center for Digital Innovation, Washington

Betty Paugh Ortiz

Senior Vice President of Innovation, The NEA Foundation, Washington, DC

Linda Pittenger

Director, Innovation Lab Network, Council for Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC

Cheri Rhinhart

Director Information Technology, InterMountain Education Service District, Oregon

Heidi Rogers

Executive Director, Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), Idaho

Troy Ruemping

Associate, Point B Consulting, Washington

Dennis Small

Educational Technology Director, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington

Alfred Thompson

Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation, New Hampshire

Gregory Whiteman

Director of Technology Integration, Kent School District, Washington

David Wicks

Assistant Professor, Director of Instructional Technology, Seattle Pacific University, Washington

Janet Wilson

Owner, Randle Wilson Consulting, Washington

Amy Wong

Director, STEM Integration Silicon Valley Education Foundation, California

Pat Yongpradit

Computer Science Educator, Springbrook High School, Maryland (*2010 Partners in Learning Global Forum winner)

We sincerely appreciate their time and efforts.

Regards,

Rob