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Technology Coach Achieves International Certification

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11:01 am

The Wentzville School District is proud to announce that Michael McCann, Technology Coach for the WSD, has achieved the distinction of becoming an ISTE Certified Educator. This recognition from the International Society for Technology in Education is awarded to educators who have successfully demonstrated competency in the ISTE Standards for Educators and recognizes those who demonstrate the effective use of technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways. The certification was established earlier this year and McCann is one of only five educators in the state, and one of seven educators in the world to achieve this distinction. “We are excited for Mr. McCann’s accomplishment on becoming an ISTE Certified Educator,” said WSD Director of Technology Greg Lawrence. “To earn this international certification and recognition demonstrates Mr. McCann’s focus on innovative instruction and technology in the classroom, which will ultimately benefit our teachers and our students.”

The internationally recognized ISTE Standards for Educators define the skills and mindsets needed to transform teaching and learning practices with technology. To earn the distinction of ISTE Certified Educator, McCann completed extensive professional development around designing, facilitating and assessing learning using technology and passed a rigorous evaluation of his portfolio by ISTE Standards evaluators.

“Those who have earned the certification have proven themselves innovators in their classrooms and mentors for other members of their school or district,” said ISTE Chief Executive Officer Richard Culatta. “As an ISTE Certified Educator, Michael joins a distinguished community of educators from around the world who share their commitment to lifelong learning and their passion for engaging students in active, authentic learning.”

McCann started his teaching career in the WSD in 2006, went on to serve as an assistant principal in Warrenton from 2015-2017, and worked for Education Plus as a School Improvement Consultant before returning to the WSD as a Technology Coach this year. He also is an adjunct professor at Missouri Baptist University.