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Bill Bass

Reimagining Education – Together


Topics: COVID-19

Three years ago, I sat down to write my first article for Empowered Learner as the incoming ISTE board president. I was about to take the leadership reins of an organization that had guided and…



How This Librarian Became a Social Justice Educator


Topics: Libraries

Julia Torres got her wakeup call when her entire English class flunked the AP exam on purpose.

It was her second year as a language arts teacher at Montbello High School in Denver. Coming from a…


A group of students collaborate using their school laptops

5 Reasons To Go All In on Districtwide PD


Topics: ISTE Certification

Educators are as unique as the communities they serve, but there are benefits to getting everyone on the same page even when they aren’t in the same building. When educators row together as a team, districts…


Two parents meet with a teacher during parent-teacher conferences

How the Pandemic Boosted Parent Engagement in Schools



When Beaverton School District switched to remote learning during the pandemic, the IT department fielded numerous calls from Spanish-speaking families who needed help with technology. But only two of the 35…


High school student Ryman Yang holds up a pair of snow pants he designed and made.

Some Students Pursued Passion Projects During the Pandemic. What Happens to Them Now?


Topics: Project-based learning

Ryman Yang spreads a bolt of fabric out neatly on his basement floor. Pattern pieces are pinned neatly on top, ready to guide his scissors as he prepares to make a new pair of snow pants. Like many students, the…


a group of teachers collect ideas on sticky notes

Illuminating Teachers’ Bright Ideas


Topics: Education leadership

As schools face mounting problems, some district leaders are using design thinking to crowd-source solutions and fail upward

Before COVID-19 put schools in lockdown, teachers at Gwinnett…


a teacher at her desk looking at a laptop

The Benefits of Hunkering Down, Together 



Last month I was hunkered down with my family as we waited for the arrival of Hurricane Ida. The saying “hunkered down” might be new to you, but it’s something southerners often say during the active hurricane…


A teacher high fives a student

Small Actions Lead to Seismic Shifts in Learning


Topics: edtech, K-12 education ISTE

Welcoming a new school year is the perfect time to start fresh and free. Over the past year, educators around the world and in every context were reminded about what really matters – each and every student.…


A woman talks to her grand daughter on a video call.

Students Refurbish Computers To Help Seniors Connect With Loved Ones


Topics: Project-based learning

Senior citizens had a hard time during the COVID pandemic. With most retirement homes closed to visitors for months on end, residents were unable to see friends and family.

Matthew Cerza, a teenager from…


A teacher collaborates with others online

Seizing the Opportunity for Transformational Change 



Each quarter, the ISTE Board of Directors gathers to provide strategic leadership, offer financial oversight and plan for the organization’s future. Our most recent meeting focused on the impacts of the COVID-…