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Experienced Leadership Comes to TabLab

Heather Hiebsch, an educational technology pioneer, joins TabLab this week as Executive Director. Heather brings 20 years of experience in K-12 education as a teacher, researcher, consultant and founding principal of PSD Global Academy, an innovative technology-based K-12 school in Fort Collins, CO. Under Heather’s leadership, PSD Global Academy gained national recognition with student outcomes and growth featured in case studies by the Clayton Christensen Institute, Evergreen Education Group, Fuel Education, Forbes, and EdWeek.  She is passionate about connecting personalized learning and global awareness, and she is inspired to be part of positive transformation for schools and students. Ross Wehner, who has served as TabLab’s volunteer Executive Director, will remain as TabLab’s founder and continue his work to support TabLab via marketing, fundraising and outreach.


   
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TabLab Completes First Trainer Certification Program

TabLab staff from around the world converged in Colorado this spring for our first-ever TabLab Trainer Certification Program, which was held in tandem with World Leadership School’s instructor training. The goal of the training was to bring together TabLab’s trainers and coordinators in one place to share ideas and spark innovation. The training began with a two-day intensive on Project-Based Learning, led by Jill Ackers-Clayton, in Buena Vista, CO. Then TabLab staff participated in the three-day instructor training before heading to Boulder, CO for technology training led by Apple Distinguished Educator Lisette Casey

   

TabLab Presents at Global Education Day

Ross Wehner and Jennifer Klein, World Leadership School’s Director of Professional Development, presented TabLab’s school-to-school partnership model to a conference hall of educators at Global Education Day in Denver, CO. Ross described TabLab’s mission, growth and impact while Jennifer focused on how TabLab allows for virtual partnerships between schools of different social demographics. “TabLab is a different paradigm that has opened new doors to what is possible in the classroom,” Jennifer said. “This is about connecting kids from very different backgrounds and about professional development for teachers.” Global Education Day is a one-day event that happens each year before ISTE, the largest annual educational technology conference in the US. 

   
   

Thank You! TabLab Wins April Fund Grant


With the help of grant writer Jenny Boyd, TabLab has applied for grants with several foundations in the last month. Our most recent award is a $5,000 grant from April Fund. Thank you!  


   
   

April Fund In the News: TabLab Profiled by Impakter


Online magazine Impakter profiled TabLab last week in an article entitled TabLab: Transforming Schools With Teachers, Using Tablets.” In the words of Impakter, “There are millions of kids who don’t live in affluent areas where new, progressive schools are being built. These kids might not live in forward-thinking communities. They might not have any lobbying power, or any ability to inspire the delivery of the copious amounts of resources it would take to build a computer lab. They might not even live in an area that has the infrastructure to support an electrical grid. These millions of children live in rural areas all over the world (the Western world too), and they need their own unique educational strategies. Luckily there is an organization, called TabLab, that didn’t miss them.” 

   

Updates from the Field

Costa Rica TabLab Trainer José Hernández has used TabLab’s Facebook page to share recent projects at three of our partner schools -- El Paraíso and Pangola high schools and Bajos Chilamate Elementary School. José is preparing for the arrival of four TabLab interns later this month, who will work on curriculum and independent projects at El Paraíso. Tanzanian trainer Celestine Alphayo is currently working with a group of students and faculty from Lakeside School in Seattle, who are spending three weeks at G-Arusha Secondary, a TabLab school in Karatu, Tanzania. Tanzanian Trainer Zach Mbasu recently finished a weeklong math camp, which involved students and teachers from Banjika and Orkeeswa secondary schools. 




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