2019 FBOL Innovative Educator Prize Winners

The following recipients were selected from a national pool of applicants who aim to implement digital learning projects that will benefit students in their schools. 

Christine Austin

Assistant Principal, Gwinnett Online Campus (Grades 4-12)
Lawrenceville, Georgia

Creation of a personalized learning center prototype to catalyze classroom innovation, including models of small group, teacher-directed instruction; collaborative project-based learning engagements; and targeted, individualized experiences aligned with Gwinnett Online's courses. The center will evaluate the current effectiveness of and inform future iterations of GOC's personalized learning courses.

Theresa Bruce

Middle School Teacher, KIPP Harmony 
Baltimore, Maryland

Development of individualized instruction plans using online learning paths tailored to unique student needs through a new learning management system with robust assessment and engagement tools. Progress will be measured by mastery of concepts rather than time on task, and real-time, actionable feedback will be available to both teachers and students.

Jennifer Kennedy

First Grade Teacher, J. Marlan Walker Elementary School 
Henderson, Nevada

Building upon an independent, teacher-led first grade blended learning model, additional elementary grade levels will integrate blended learning after being mentored by experienced classroom leaders. Employing online content across several subject areas, blended learning will become part of the elementary academic culture of the school.

Cory Olson

Ninth Grade Teacher, Argosy Collegiate Charter School
Fall River, Massachusetts

With the goal of breaking down the physical school walls and building a portal to global experiences, virtual reality will be incorporated into a variety of subject areas to offer students the chance to move beyond an economically-limited number of opportunities for academic, cultural, and civic engagement.

Marianne Pelletier

Principal, Saint Dominic Academy (Grades K-12)
Lewiston, Maine

Expansion of a successful blended learning pilot to provide rural students with digital learning opportunities through the development of a drop-in resource classroom for regional homeschool students. The classroom will ensure access to secure technology and academic support for students and their parents.

Judy Perez

iLearn Collaborative, supporting Kit Carson School District (Grades K-12)
Denver, Colorado

District educators will be exposed to a variety of blended learning models in order to increase overall proficiency with technology in the classroom. Teachers will design their own blended models with the goal of maximizing — not increasing — student screen time and moving toward a competency-based system to assess learning outcomes.

Recipients of follow-on funding from 2018 Innovative Educator cohort: 

Jennifer Kennedy

First Grade Teacher, J. Marlan Walker Elementary School
Henderson, Nevada

Continued development of a first grade blended learning model that uses adaptive math and ELA programs and project-based experiences to provide personalized instruction paths for students with special needs and IEPs.

Paige Mitchell

Digital Integration Specialist, Southwood Academy of the Arts
Anderson, South Carolina

Creation of dedicated blended learning labs throughout the Southwood campus to eliminate an inefficient legacy "check out" system for teacher and student technology access. Each lab will house a makerspace for faculty-designed hands-on learning experiences and will enhance the level and variety of content available to the school community.

Jim McGinity

Science Teacher, Learning Gate Community School
Lutz, Florida

This second-year pilot expands upon a partnership between Learning Gate Community School, an environmentally-focused charter school, and the USF Florida Center for Instructional Technology in the development of accessible OER data and lesson plans for blended environmental education courses.