Butler County is now home to two International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Distinguished Districts. In 2019, Middletown City Schools was one of three districts nationwide to receive the award, and in 2020, Lakota Local Schools joined the ranks. Since its inception in 2012, a total of 13 school districts have been named ISTE Distinguished Districts.
The award is given to school districts that demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the application of educational technology; ensure equitable, accessible and appropriate technology use for all students to improve learner outcomes and increasing learning opportunities; and exhibit a progressive mindset with regards to challenges and new ideas in education.
Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) has partnered with Lakota and Middletown school districts extensively to provide large-scale ISTE Certification training and support after being designated one of 10 ISTE Certification Authorized Providers (CAPs) nationwide when the program was announced in 2018. Since then, more than 200 educators from 12 states and three continents have completed BCESC’s ISTE Certification training in person or remotely.
“One of the most exciting parts of our teachers becoming ISTE Certified is the level of innovation that is occurring in the classroom. Because of ISTE, Middletown teachers feel empowered to try new ideas, to design their instruction using a student lens, to connect students to other classrooms globally,” said Fran Morrison, senior director of curriculum and innovation at Middletown City Schools.
ISTE serves more than 200,000 educators and education leaders around the world, providing resources and support to organizations that are committed to using technology to overcome challenges in education.
“We live in a digital world, so a big part of preparing our students for what awaits them after graduation is giving them access to those tools and experiences,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “We are grateful for the ongoing support and guidance from our partners at ISTE and appreciate this formal recognition of all of our efforts.”