ISTE Announces 2007 Outstanding Leader and Teacher Award Recipients

Washington, D.C.— The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) has named Carole Colburn, technology literacy teacher with Howell Public Schools in Howell, Mich., and Charlene Chausis, technology training and integration manager at Stevenson High School in Libertyville, Ill., 2007 Outstanding Teacher and 2007 Outstanding Leader, respectively.

These awards recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrably improved education through the use of technology. Candidates for the awards are nominated by ISTE Affiliates, a network of more than 70 professional associations representing more than 85,000 educators worldwide. Nominations are reviewed by an eight-person team of education and technology professionals from around the world; the review team is appointed by ISTE´s Affiliate Member Advisory Committee.

Colburn was nominated by the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) for her dedication to integrating technology into instructional programs and consistently finding ways to involve the community through her technology initiatives. She works to develop and deliver grade-level and standards-based curriculum and has established positive relationships with students, parents and peers in her district. In 2006, Colburn was selected from hundreds of applicants to participate in the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, the first of its kind held in the U.S. She has received numerous awards for her work, including 2007 Outstanding Technology Using Teacher of the Year from MACUL and Certificates of Excellence from Howell Public Schools on three occasions.

Chausis was nominated by Illinois Computing Educators for her positive impact on technology use in education in her district and beyond. As her district´s technology trainer, Chausis provides teacher and staff development for educational uses of technology. She´s known for consistently going above and beyond her job responsibilities, implementing creative and innovative programs to encourage the use of technology among her district´s teachers and staff. She has received multiple awards in recognition of her work, including 2007 Technology Educator of the Year from the Illinois Computing Educators, 2006 Discovery Education STAR Educator and 2003 Apple Distinguished Educator.

Colburn and Chausis will be honored at this year´s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held June 24 through June 27 in Atlanta. Both will receive $1,000 toward travel for NECC, as well as commemorative plaques and complimentary ISTE memberships.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.

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