Keystone Technology Innovator Program
Keystone Technology Innovator Program identifies, invites and supports exemplary educators into a distinct and dynamic learning community. Keystones advocate the use of technology as a transformative tool to nurture the intellect, innovation and imagination of students.
- Recognize outstanding teachers using technology innovatively to provide transformative classroom experiences across the Commonwealth
- Advocate educational technology
- Enrich knowledge and skill base of teaching best practices
- Cultivate technological expertise, creativity and innovation
- Share lessons, strategies and practices with other state educators
- Connect within Keystone community
The Keystone Summit
The Keystone Summit is designed for Keystone Stars, outstanding Keystone educators selected each year by members of PAECT. All newly nominated Keystones will receive an application form to apply to become a Keystone Star. PAECT regional teams will select 100 STARs to attend Summit in July.
The week-long Summit provides resources and opportunities to nurture and enrich the skills of selected educational leaders, while advocating the importance of technology in education. The only cost for attendees is a $100 event fee.
Summit attendees in the past have had the option to receive 3 graduate-level professional development credits provided by Eduspire (for a fee); those taking the course receive a refund of his/her event fee.
The 2017 Summit will be held at Shippensburg University, July 24-28.
Keystone Nominations and STAR Selections
- Principals nominate one educator per building who directly impacts classroom instruction by going to www.keystonespa.org. This nomination automatically identifies this person as a Keystone. Deadline January 31, 2017.
- Once nominated, the new Keystone will be prompted by email to submit an application/published work to become a Keystone STAR and if accepted, will be invited to attend the week-long Summit. Deadline February 28, 2017.
Submitted applications and projects should follow the guidelines as specified in the application.
The Keystone program began in 2004. Initially called Keystones: Technology Integrators, the program name changed to “Technology Innovators” to reflect the changes in classroom instruction. To date, over 2000 Pennsylvania educators have been identified as “Keystones: Technology Integrators.” The Keystones represent over 200 school districts, non-public schools, and CTC/AVTS throughout Pennsylvania.
The initiative is a nationally recognized honors program for Pennsylvania teachers who help their school districts shape learning environments with technology in the classrooms. Historically, one of the key components was the Keystone Technology Innovators’ Summit initiated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Michael Golden, the Deputy Secretary of Education, at the time. (Michael is one of the Keynote keynote speakers at Summit 2014!) Over the years and due to the reduction of budgets, the Keystones summit ceased, but the community remained vibrant through the efforts of active PAECT members (Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology).
2007 Summit attendee Scott Snyder (Cedar Cliff High School, West Shore School District) shared the following about his experiences:
“Becoming a Keystone and attending the summit has certainly changed my teaching practice and my life. Since the summit, I have been much more thoughtful in my lesson design process, selecting technologies to integrate in my classroom that will not only make tasks easier for my students but engage them in the learning process. Moreover, while at the summit, I met numerous fellow teachers that I still turn to for encouragement, guidance and feedback. Some of us have even become life-long friends!”
In 2013, PAECT entered a partnership and received funding support from Eduspire, an innovative professional development and graduate course provider. With Eduspire’s assistance, Keystone STARS can now receive 3 graduate credits while attending the summit. Thanks to PAECT and Eduspire, The Keystones STARS Summit reopened it’s doors in July of 2014.
At this summit, Keystone STARS engage in rigorous hands-on workshops, collaboration opportunities, and rich professional development. The goal of the Keystone Summit is to nurture and enrich the skills of these building and district leaders while advocating the importance of technology in education.
The Keystones network has grown strong through constant communication, personal learning networks, and professional development opportunities.