Student Voices

SETDA’s Student Voices Award 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 “From Honored Founder to Future Citizen” Scholarship, which allows the winner to bring a team of students and educators to present at the annual SETDA Leadership Summit and tour Washington DC.

Each SETDA member state had the opportunity to nominate two schools/districts and each affiliate had the opportunity to nominate one school or district for 2018. The winner, Mineola Middle School, will receive the Elsie Brumback Scholarship to fly to Washington DC to present at the Leadership Summit and tour our nation’s capital. To view previous presentations, visit the previous winners page.

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2019 Winner – Mineola Middle School, New York

At Mineola Middle School (MMS), it is a fundamental belief that students learn in different ways and it is the school’s responsibility to craft lessons and activities that allow each student an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in engaging ways. Curriculum is delivered through the use of multimedia based text sets, resources that appeal to different learning styles and technological platforms that allow for deliberate skills-based practice. Recently, via a STEM Competition, students designed a prototype of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Expansion Project In this way, differentiation affords all students an opportunity to access the content. Student choice is embedded when students apply their knowledge to curriculum-based projects. Having fully integrated technology into each classroom since 2010, teachers and administrators are committed to transforming student academic experiences through opportunities for creativity, critical thinking, communication of ideas and collaboration with peers. Teachers leverage instructional technologies to build upon student growth areas, enhance strengths and provide a personalized learning experience for each child according to curriculum content and standards.
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Student Voices AwardAccess the archive from the December 17 webinar, Empower Student Voices with Design Thinking, presented by Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, Mineola Public Schools and Andrew Casale, Principal, Mineola Middle School.


2019 Finalists

  • Mineola Middle School of Mineola, New York ~ Winner
  • The Learning Center of Fayette County Schools, Kentucky ~ 1st Runner Up
  • McHenry Elementary School, District 15 McHenry, Illinois ~ Finalist
  • East Grand School, RSU 84, Danforth, Maine ~ Finalist
  • Community School of Excellence, Saint Paul, Minnesota ~ Finalist

Learn more about the 2019 Finalists.

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Thank 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 $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Learn more at

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