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.

Student Voices 2019 – Applications Open

Each SETDA member state has the opportunity to nominate two schools/districts and each affiliate has the opportunity to nominate one school or district for 2018 through 11pm ET on May 10, 2019. The winner will receive the Elsie Brumback Scholarship to fly to Washington DC to present at the Leadership Summit and tour our nation’s capital. Preference will be given to students from states that have not presented in recent years. To view previous presentations, visit

For 2019, nominations should include examples of project-based, digital learning experiences that help bridge the skills gap and build a diverse talent pipeline for the jobs of today and the future. Special consideration will be given to nominees that include examples of how the project impacts the local or national community and/or workforce development. For example:

  • Programs that support work force development.
  • School/students collaborated with the business community
  • Schools/students worked with local governments to solve a problem.

** Contact your state’s SETDA member or affiliate to be considered. View the 2019 Evaluation Rubric.

Student Voices 2018 Winner ~ St. Albans City School, Vermont

St Albans City School Presenters

St. Albans City School staff and students with U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos

St. Albans City School has been a one to one school, immersed in digital based, project-based learning for several years now. The latest initiative was a schoolwide, PreK to 8th grade, project-based learning unit around Economics, Community, and Business. Each team in the school was in charge of creating their own business with the following expectations: Business Plan, Safety Plan, Product, Packaging, Product Story, Logo, Jingle, Commercial, and a storefront. The school hosted a community night so families would be able to buy local student made gifts and most groups donated part of their proceeds to locale non-profits. Two groups sought to raise awareness around local environmental issues such as the pollution in St. Albans Bay and taking care of the local wetlands. Every team utilized digital tools to plan and execute their project and each group used the school’s Makerspace for at least one part of their project. Students even developed the project website. Most importantly, students are learning how to take the same skills they learned during this project and apply them in new ways to various content areas. St. Albans City School prides itself on the ability to provide a personalized learning experience for its students. Every student leaves with an electronic personalized learning plan that connects their learning to the state standards. Artifacts of learning can be anywhere from written work, to audio files, video files, and picture evidence. The high school has adapted the personalized learning plans to match the K-8 plans. Thank you to AT&T Aspire for underwriting the Student Voices 2018. 

Announcement Press Release

2018 Student Voices Presentation

SETDA Says blog post by guest author Grace Borst “Vermont Teachers Share Reflections from the Student Voices Experiences

Video Link: The Students of St. Albans

Student Voices in the News

2018 Finalists

Armorel High School, Arkansas – 1st Runner Up
Effingham County CEO Program, Illinois
Noblesville High School, Indiana
Meadow Park Middle School, Oregon

Previous Winners

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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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