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Brooke Ralph, Seaman High School Instructional Coach, Receives International Recognition Award for ‘Making IT Happen’ in Educational Technology’

Brooke Ralph, Seaman High School Instructional Coach, was honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which MACE (Mid-America Association for Computers in Education) is an affiliate.

The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award. Brooke Ralph is the Seaman High School Instructional Coach. She has been in this position for three years and previously taught Human Anatomy, Botany, and Zoology for 10th-12th grade students. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri and her master's at Emporia State University. Mrs. Ralph is integral to Seaman High School’s technology friendly atmosphere. She has gone above and
beyond by helping establish and implementing numerous school-wide programs to enhance teacher and student use of technology in instruction. These include her contributions to the Apple Teacher Academy, iCoach Lessons, and support with the school-wide Schoology integration. Furthermore, Mrs. Ralph has aided in the development of SHS students with her Viking Connections program, which brings high school students to the elementary classroom for real-world learning experiences. Mrs. Ralph is a fantastic innovator, educator, and instructional coach. Seaman High School is lucky to have her.

“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:

1. Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
2. Move forward and don’t look back
3. See students as real people
4. Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
7. Expect success
8. Motivate through awareness and access to information

Brook Ralph joins a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.

About Making IT Happen
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.