Lisa Nielsen found school boring and irrelevant. That ticked 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. Among other things, this means helping ensure educators and students have a voice in conversations and issues that affect them.
She began her career in the 90s as a librarian which was a perfect fit enabling her to create what was called a buzzing and vibrant oasis in Harlem where students could find their passions with support from the community. Since then she has served in various capacities including as a literacy coach, ed tech professional development manager and technology innovation manager. Today she serves as the director of digital literacy and citizenship for New York City schools. In this role she is committed to ensuring that the guidelines are created with the input of students, teachers, and parents. Lisa has been recognized for her work receiving awards such as Teacher of the Year by her district and most recently as a recipient of International Society of Technology Educator’s Making IT Happen award.
Lisa writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about the future of education but she is best known for her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator. Her writing and work 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.
The stuff Lisa does when she's not blogging...
Present: Director of Digital Literacy + Citizenship - Division of Instructional + Information Technology
Lisa talks about her work