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Student Voices Finalists 2019

Student Voices AwardOften when coordinating a focus group or presenting a new SETDA resources via a webinar, I mention the Why. Why do we spend the time to research and report on policies and practices? Why do leaders gather to collaborate on topics of interest? The Why always relays back to the students.  State department of education leadersaffiliate members and leaders from the private sector all have one cause in mind, improving teaching and learning for all students. The annual SETDA Student Voices Award takes all of the challenging work and provides the opportunity to celebrate the Why, the students.

Each year, SETDA honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of their students. Winners receive the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which allows the winner to bring a team of students and educators to attend the annual SETDA Leadership Summit and tour Washington DC.

The 2019 nominees were outstanding, highlighting a variety of programs from across the country including programs that support under-served populations and unique programs that have changed teaching and learning opportunities for all students. Each nominee should be incredibly proud of their dedication to digital learning. This year’s competition was extremely competitive and five finalists have been identified, many of which shared videos in support of their nominations. The winner will be announced at SETDA’s Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum on June 22 in Philadelphia.

This year, the winner will have a group of students present during SETDA’s Leadership Summit on November 4 in Washington DC. All finalists will have the opportunity to attend and/or a speak at the Leadership Summit as well and one of the finalists will also be chosen to participate in a national webinar highlighting their school’s program.

Congratulations to the 2019 Finalists:

  • McHenry Elementary School: District 15,  McHenry, Illinois
  • The Learning Center: Fayette County Schools, Kentucky
  • East Grand School: RSU 84, Danforth, Maine
  • Community School of Excellence: Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Mineola Middle School: Mineola, New York

Learn more about the finalists on the 2019 Finalists Webpage and details of Previous Winners.

For 2019, special consideration was given to Student Voices nominations that demonstrate examples of project-based digital learning experiences that support work force development. The diversity of the nominations and the dedication of districts, schools and educators to personalizing instruction via digital tools is inspiring.

2019 Underwriting

ATT LogoThank you to AT&T Aspire for underwriting the Student Voices 2018.

AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our country for the future. Technology is making it easier for everyone – regardless of age, gender, income or geography – to learn anytime, anywhere. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T brings together the power of its network – its employees, its technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $450 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Learn more at

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