The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has selected its 2017 award-winners, including educators working in India, Canada and across the United States. Among the winners is Shelby County Schools Technology Coordinator Susan Poling, who was honored by the group with the Award for Advocacy.
Each year these awards honor those leading the way in connecting technology to learning and preparing students for living and working in a connected world. These educators are leaders in the field, and they inspire others with their commitment and dedication. The winners will be honored at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25-28.
“The 2017 ISTE award honorees exemplify how innovation, powered by technology, can transform learning,” said Richard Culatta, ISTE CEO. “We look forward to celebrating these exceptional leaders in San Antonio.”
ITSE said Poling believes that advocacy is not something you do once a year. She was honored for her work to ensure that all students and teachers in Alabama have access to quality Wi-Fi. She worked tirelessly for two years as the advocacy chairperson for the Alabama Educational Technology Association (AETA), educating legislators and educational organizations about the value and opportunities this would bring to students across the state. She presented at public hearings, created materials and met with the governor in an effort to gain support for the Alabama Ahead Act/WIRED legislation. Poling’s successful campaign is helping her and AETA address other important issues with legislators.