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UCS Media Specialist one of only 750 international educators to earn technology certification
UCS Media Specialist one of only 750 educators internationally to earn technology certification
Posted on 11/17/2020
Courtney Conley receiving MACUL awardA commitment to bring real-world experiences into technology has landed a Utica Community Schools media specialist on a list that includes only 750 educators around the world.

Courtney Conley, media specialist for Crissman Elementary, has earned certification from the International Society for Technology in Education.

"As a technology teacher, I thought that this ISTE learning process would allow me to dig deeper into the ISTE technology standards as well as educational technology tools that I could share with UCS teachers and students alike," Conley said. "What I found was this process was that and so much more! ISTE focused not so much on the tech, but on digital age pedagogy and what you can do with that tech tool to improve student outcomes. "
 
The ISTE certification began in 2018 as way for teachers to rethink they way they are delivering technology to their students.
The certification process included three intense professional learning requirements: a two-day in-person training, 30 hours of on-line training and submission of an e-portfolio. 

"With technology at the forefront right now, I found it powerful that this program allowed me to deepen my knowledge on teaching and learning as well as reflect on how our role as educators is changing.," Conley said.  "I am anxious to bring much of what I learned back to UCS students and staff."

The certification comes just months after Conley was named by the The Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) as the statewide recipient of the Frank Miracola 21Things Educational Excellence award or her work to promote a web-based professional resource initiative to improve technology.

Miracola was an elementary teacher in Armada and one of the original creators of the 21Things4Students initiative, which is a statewide resource center for teachers and an online resource created by Michigan educators to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world.