The Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILAs) are back for their second year and are looking for educators, administrators, and edtech organizations who are doing work that should be recognized and rewarded. Are they sharing their best practices? Reimagining learning spaces? Incorporating user feedback? These awards are designed to not only spotlight those efforts, but share them.
No one, as the memes say, goes into teaching for the money. We didn’t get into this job for the fame. I mean, who can take all the adoration whenever you set foot in a local Target on the weekend? We didn’t ask for that.
The DILAs know we don’t need to be applauded for the risks we take and the challenges we accept. They also know that those risks and challenges should be rewarded. Recognition isn’t what we seek, but it is what many teachers deserve and, even though they won’t admit it, need.
DILA categories are deep and wide, looking to include the greatest number of people practicing the widest strategies. Each of the three categories contains five awards. Looking at just a few gives you a great idea of who and what can be lauded. In its inaugural year, the DILAs even recognized CUE leaders Barbara Nemko, Chris Walsh, Michael Hernandez and our education partner, Common Sense Education!
Teaching awards focus on sharing, engagement, and inspiration. Busting Boundaries for teachers who take students beyond the walls of their classrooms and the edges of their community. Sharing is Caring celebrates teachers who truly embody the message of Teacher Twitter.
The Savvy Spaces award highlights administrators who are intentionally designing and implementing collaborative learning spaces, and Power to the People recognizes just that- administrators who put the leadership roles on teachers, students, and parents.
Even EdTech Companies get in on the party with awards like Mindful Data for those who organize and collect data in a way that’s not only easy to use but also secure. The Learn Everywhere award is built to spotlight organizations who support adult learning anytime, anywhere.
Nominations close August 24, 2015 so get those names in now. Don’t be shy. We deserve this kind of boost. If you think you rock, nominate yourself. Why not? I’m going to. I know you know someone else who rocks, who else but you will nominate them? The cliche that everyone is fighting a battle you know know about is true, but finding out a peer sees what they are doing and wants everyone to know about it can be a powerful weapon in that fight. Even if it’s not a battle, it’s an encouragement to go farther, reach higher to help students and each other.
Head CUE Rock Star, Jon Corippo, adds his endorsement, saying, “I’d like to encourage all the CUE teachers and Rock Stars to take a look at self nominating or nominating a friend. Hard working, innovative educators deserve all kinds of recognition.”
The DILAs will be awarded at a Gala event on Friday, November 21st in Mountain View, CA. If you have more questions visit the DILA website, or email Mary Jo Madda at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chelsea Waite at Digital Promise at email@example.com
Doug Robertson is a tenth-year teacher currently talking at fifth graders in Northern Oregon. He’s taught in California, Hawaii, and Oregon in 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades. He’s the author of two books about education, He’s the Weird Teacher and THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome) and an active blogger. Doug speaks at teaching conferences including CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps, presenting on everything from technology to teaching philosophy (or teaching The Weird Way, to use his words). Doug is also the creator and moderator of #WeirdEd on Twitter, which happens every Wednesday at 7pm PST.