June 28 – A national digital learning organization has named a Lakota schools teacher as a rising star of classroom innovation in America.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a nonprofit organization that focuses on accelerating innovation in education, has chosen the Lakota Elementary School Innovation Specialist Woodland, Kimberly Carlson, as one of “20 Teachers to Watch” in the United States.
Lakota officials recently announced Carlson’s honors, and she and Lakota Superintendent Matt Miller and other district officials are attending the ISTE conference in New Orleans this week.
The 17,000-student district, which is the largest in Butler County and the ninth-largest in Ohio, officially adopted the ISTE standards in 2013 as part of its levy commitments to innovate and modernize instructional technology.
In 2020, Lakota was one of three school districts worldwide to receive the Distinguished District Award from ISTE.
“We are thrilled to have an ISTE 20 to Watch educator in Lakota,” Miller said. “Ms. Carlson is an exemplary teacher and a leader in our schools. Her passion for education clearly shines through.”
Since hiring Miller in 2017, Lakota has made sweeping technology upgrades to digital classrooms and instructional courses, including providing free learning laptops at most grades and a Cyber Academy. for high school students seeking training for possible employment in America’s burgeoning cybersecurity industries.
Miller has won national acclaim, as has Middletown Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr., for his many reform efforts and for his leadership in bringing digital learning into the traditional classroom.
Carlson joined Lakota in 2000 and became an “Innovation Specialist” in 2018, working with numerous teachers throughout the 24-building school system.
Lakota officials said that through its ISTE certification, Carlson has connected with educators around the world who share a passion for innovation in their instructional strategies and use of technology.
“In my 22 years of teaching, it has been exciting to learn about innovative and ever-changing ways to provide educational support to my fellow teachers and our students,” she said. “I am thrilled to represent Lakota schools and honored to be included in the company of talented international educators.”
Woodland principal John Wise said Carlson “works tirelessly to ensure our teachers have what they need to be as innovative and impactful as possible for our (students)”.
“His dedication to making teaching and learning the best possible at Woodland has a direct and positive impact on our students and their future,” Wise said.