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Decatur Teacher Selected for PBS Digital Innovators Program

Faith Carr, computer teacher at Johns Hill Magnet School, is one of 100 educators selected nationwide for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program.

Faith Carr, a kingergarten through 8th grade computer teacher at Johns Hill Magnet School, is one of 100 educators selected nationwide for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program rewards tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in education technology and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement. Carr will receive year-long hands-on and virtual professional development opportunities.

“Illinois Public Media is proud to recognize Faith for her dedication to truly changing the way students learn through technology and digital media,” said Molly Delaney, educational outreach director at Illinois Public Media. “We are honored to provide educators with one-of-a-kind resources, tools and trainings that will further enhance their skills and enable them to share these skills with other educators in Illinois.”

The 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators will receive year-long professional development opportunities that include virtual trainings, access to premium and exclusive resources, and invitations to special eventsCarr has always innovated in the classroom, being among the first to introduce her students to technology.  She wrote her first grant to receive a bank of computers in her classroom back in the mid-1990s during her first period of tenure with Decatur Public Schools. Using technology gradually became a teaching specialty over the years.

In 2007, Carr left the classroom to become a consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education. In that position, she witnessed stellar programs throughout the state of Illinois where teachers were using innovative strategies and Web-based resources to enhance learning in their classrooms.  She brought that information back when she returned to the classroom in 2011.

PBS LearningMedia received hundreds of applications from leading teachers throughout the U.S. and its territories. Judges selected the 100 educators based on submissions of videos and written essays that addressed how they are leading innovation in digital teaching in their classrooms and schools. The top 16 applicants will serve as leads of the program and will participate in a two-day digital education summit in Washington, D.C., where participants will engage in hands-on learning, collaborate with peers and hear from digital technology thought leaders.

The full list of the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators is available at  http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/digitalinnovators.