NCCE Member Highlight: Crista Anderson

NAME and TITLE: Crista Anderson, Principal SCHOOL DISTRICT: Dixon School District NCCE MEMBER SINCE: 2009 What is one new initiative you are working on in your district? As a school leader in a rural reservation school, it is essential that we open access to information and offer ample opportunity for students to practice digital learning skills. Dixon School has historically taken a lead in advocating for equity and establishing high expectation for students. Upon hire with the district, it was easy to see there had been great steps taken in providing digital tools for both students and staff. Unfortunately, the infrastructure was not yet in place to support the number of devices purchased or the digital demand web-based services and supports require. Last year, due to our status...Read More

NCCE Member Highlight: Crista Anderson

NAME and TITLE: Crista Anderson, Principal SCHOOL DISTRICT: Dixon School District NCCE MEMBER SINCE: 2009 What is one new initiative you are working on in your district? As a school leader in a rural reservation school, it is essential that we open access to information and offer ample opportunity for students to practice digital learning skills. Dixon School has historically taken a lead in advocating for equity and establishing high expectation for students. Upon hire with the district, it was easy to see there had been great steps taken in providing digital tools for both students and staff. Unfortunately, the infrastructure was not yet in place to support the number of devices purchased or the digital demand web-based services and supports require. Last year, due to our status...Read More

 

 

 

 


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.