Monday, June 25, 2018

Design for Learning Project Lead Nicole Snedden Wins ISTE Award

Congratulations to Nicole Snedden, Minnetonka's Design for Learning Project Leader, for winning this year's ISTE Learning Space PLN Outstanding Learning Space Designer Award. Besides being our Design for Learning Project Leader, Nicole is also our Innovation Coordinator. "Each year, ISTE honors individuals who are leading the way in accelerating the use of technology to solve tough problems in education and inspire innovation. These winners represent a who’s who in the edtech world." Nicole received her award yesterday at the ISTE Conference in Chicago.
Elementary Instructional Technology Coach Rachel Studnicka wrote the following about Nicole:

Nicole is a visionary leader that fosters a learning culture for modern learners in the digital age... Nicole wanted to empower students by giving them a voice in the design of their learning spaces to impact student engagement and learning... Nicole has transformed our district through her vision and grassroots initiative to better the student learning experience by providing learner-centered environments to meet the diverse needs of all learners... She has provided teachers with innovative professional development training and opportunities to work closely with experts in design such as Cannon Design, author of The Third Teacher... Nicole’s efforts and clear vision for modern education have brought positive change for students and teachers district wide with design thinking and Human Centered Design practice.

As stated on our website, Minnetonka's Design for Learning Committee “empowers Minnetonka students, staff and the community to transform teaching and learning through the design of the learning environment.” This team meets quarterly to:

  • Engage in conversations regarding the design of spaces in the district both present and future.
  • Offer staff development to teachers who are interested in learning about the design process.
  • Support teachers through a grant process as they apply for funding to re-envision their current learning spaces.
  • Provide research-based information to Minnetonka Teachers and Community as well as host a yearly event with guest speakers who specialize in learning spaces. 
We are so fortunate to have teacher leaders like Nicole in Minnetonka. More info about Design for Learning in Minnetonka and a photo gallery can be found hereYou can read more about Minnetonka's Design for Learning process, see other projects and results, as well as learn more about Minnetonka Innovation in these related posts: 

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