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Award Demonstrates a Dedication to Integrate Technology into the Classroom that Enables Teachers to Teach Tough Topics and Provide Innovative Digital-Based Lessons

ELK GROVE, Calif. – June 15, 2018 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is proud to honor its employee, Gail Desler, for being selected to receive an International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) Award for her commitment to integrate technology into the classroom. Each year, ISTE honors individuals who are leading the way in integrating and accelerating the use of technology to solve tough problems in education and inspire innovation and new ways to approach instructing youth. Desler, who assists technology integration across the District’s 67 campuses, will attend ISTE’s Conference and Expo in Chicago on June 27, 2018, to receive the “Digital Citizen Network Award.” Elated by the accolade, Gail Desler proudly said, “I am deeply honored to have been selected as the recipient of the 2018 ISTE Digital Citizenship Network Award as this recognition represents a tremendous collaborative effort across the District. Through connections I have made with educators throughout the nation, I realize that EGUSD stands out as a leader in ensuring that all students are firmly grounded in what it means to be active, contributing (digital) citizens.”


Desler and her co-director, Kathleen Watt, implemented the District’s Digital Citizenship Initiative for EGUSD to expand curriculum and trainings for staff and resources for parents to assist them in understanding new technology applications and tools that are created. Each workshop is tailored for the needs of the participants. Desler remarks, “I am very proud of the fact that every school annually submits a Digital Citizenship Implementation Plan based on their school culture and needs.”


Just prior to accepting the ISTE Award, Desler will also lead a seminar called, “Crossing Lines: Tools for Teaching Tough Topics” during the fifth annual Crossing Lines Summer Seminar, which takes place from June 18 – 22, 2018 at the Florin Buddhist Church. Desler’s session will focus on promoting the teaching of global acceptance and writing for change. Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent, Christopher R. Hoffman, will congratulate and thank Ms. Desler for her technological prowess in education in his welcome remarks to all attendees to the week-long seminar where guests will walk away with an increased understanding on how to help students make connections between historical events of the past to more recent events.

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About the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
ISTE inspires the creation of solutions and connections that improve opportunities for all learners by delivering: practical guidance, evidence-based professional learning, virtual networks, thought-provoking events and the ISTE Standards.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Eventbrite.

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