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Thanksgiving History with PBS LearningMedia FEATURED STORY Uncover the Origins of the Mayflower Compact Discover why most of the Mayflower's male passengers signed a historic agreement. In September 1620, religious dissenters, called "Separatists" by their detractors, were joined aboard the Mayflower by other English colonists recruited by the project's financial backers. Many of these newcomers did not share the Separtists' religious zeal. The ship set sail for America at a time of year when Atlantic storms were perilous. The Mayflower made landfall 66 days later. With tensions threatening to divide the passengers, a social compact was drafted and signed before going ashore. All who signed would submit to the government created, officers elected, and laws drafted.  View...Read More

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Member Highlight

Lisa Simmons
Instructional Technologist
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District



Nominations to the Board of Directors

NCCE has three board positions opening and is seeking nominations from among its members.  Nominations are open for:

  • ESD Representative
  • K-12 District Technology Representative
  • At-Large Representative






NCCE is a professional learning organization for educators and hosts the largest education conference in the Northwest. Founded in 1971, NCCE has a solid foundation advocating for the effective use of technology in education.  With a focus on 21st Century skills, NCCE works to provide best practices to educators with the goal of enhancing student success. 

NCCE provides resources and innovative professional learning opportunities to educational communities throughout their career. Our professional learning specialists have a broad range of expertise and provide customizable, relevant training on topics important to educators.  NCCE works with K-20 educators and pre-service teachers to personalize learning experiences and strategically align technology initiatives with other state, district and school initiatives.

NCCE partners with educators, educational leaders, affiliates and corporations to enhance teaching and learning through our conference, professional development and resources.  An affiliate organization of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), NCCE has a membership base from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Justin Grillo – NCCE Technology Teacher of the Year

Our NCCE Technology Teacher of the year is described as having a profound influence on the use of technology by both students and teachers at his school. Here are just a few examples:

  • His students are thrilled because they have grown up in a world of technology and their 3rd grade experience makes school a natural extension of their interests and abilities.
  • He uses Flip video to record student discussions as they conduct science experiments.
  • For writing class, he projects a piece of writing and moves around the room with his wireless mouse to show suggested edits with the class.
  • His students use Photopoint monitoring software to record change over time of a specific outdoor place.
  • Class student achievement data is kept on graphs.
  • One of his parents called him a “genius” because of the way he uses technology to teach, motivate, inspire, inform, and engage his students.
  • Another parent wrote, “Unfortunately, my son had to serve an in-school suspension. He connected my son with a laptop via Skype so he could see and hear what was happening in the classroom and not miss classroom instruction.”
  • A colleague said that he is not a good teacher, but a great teacher because of how he uses technology in his teaching and student learning.

According to his principal, Cathi Nelson, what Justin Grillo of the Waterville School District does with technology to help his students learn and share their learning is nothing short of a “miracle”. Justin uses technology if it can help with instruction, learning, or assisting students to share their learning with others with a focus on making the learning more relevant and meaningful.