Lisa Nielsen found school boring and irrelevant. That pissed her off so she became a public school educator who works to help change that for others. She does this by finding and sharing innovative ways to prepare students for relevant and real-world success. 

She began her career in the 90s as a librarian. Since then she has served in various capacities including as a literacy coach, technology innovation manager, and today she serves as the director of digital literacy and citizenship for New York City schools.

Lisa writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about the future of education and is frequently covered in the news for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of student-owned technology for learning (aka BYOD), and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students.

Lisa is best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Her writing is also featured in places such as The New York Times, T.H.E. Journal, Tech & Learning, Smartblogs, ISTE Connects, Huffington Post, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, Answers.com and she is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Lisa talks about her work

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