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Honored for Award

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Mineola Middle School was honored in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4 by SETDA, the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, for being the 2019 Student Voices Award winner. A group of Mineola students also presented to more than 250 education leaders during SETDA’s annual Education Forum and Leadership Summit.

For more than 10 years, SETDA has honored one school across the United States with the Student Voices Award and this is the first time a New York school has received the honor. Mineola Middle School students presented to an audience of state and regional education leaders, guests from national education organizations, U.S. Department of Education, policy makers and corporate leaders.

“We are #MineolaProud that Mineola MS has been recognized as the recipient of the SETDA Student Voices Award. Student voice must be the core of everything we do in education. Mineola’s focus on student choice and computational thinking has empowered our students to take ownership of their learning while simultaneously enjoying school,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D.

In their keynote presentation, Mineola Middle School students communicated the fundamental belief that all students learn in different ways and that it is the responsibility of the school to craft lessons that afford each student varied, creative and application-based opportunities to demonstrate their learning. Examples of student engagement and the emphasis on the learning process were evident through the student-led discussion. Students highlighted how design thinking, computational thinking and the integration of technology in personalized learning pathways contribute to their development as well-rounded learners and contributing members of their community.