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J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School

Sam and Student 2 J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 recognized as a Microsoft Showcase School

Cicero, IL (August 22, 2019) -- Microsoft has recognized J. Sterling Morton School District 201 as a Showcase School, which is an elite group of schools that exemplify the most exceptional teaching and learning in the world today. Morton 201 is now a leader that is paving the way in the twenty-first-century education in the world today. Just six years ago, Morton District 201 became a one-to-one technology school, and within this time frame, Morton has been recognized multiple times for being a leader in innovative education through the use of technology. This past summer, our very own Instructional Technology Director, Samantha Skubal was featured by Microsoft Education and named a Change Maker in Education at the Hack the Classroom event during the ISTE 2019 conference.

Ms. Skubal was one of the pioneers and developer of the Tech Service Internship program (TSI) in our district that has prepared thousands of students for the future by graduating from high school with real-world tech experience. During this conference, Ms. Skubal and the TSI Department at Morton 201 were also awarded ten thousand dollars from Microsoft to support the growth and continuation of the TSI program. Earlier this month, Samantha, along with one of our Instructional Coaches Natalie Parejda, were also selected as 2019/20 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts
(MIE). On their award letter, Microsoft stated that they were chosen as MIE Experts because they are self-driven, passionate about their work, have a true collaborative spirit, and strive to inspire students with outside-the-box thinking on technology in education. Only twelve educators from the entire state of Illinois were given the MIE Expert distinction, and two of them are from our district. Samantha admits that she has felt proud, excited, and determined this summer. She is ready to take the next step with the District and shed a spotlight on the incredible things our teachers and students do every day, through Morton 201 becoming recognized world-wide as a high-performing tech school The following clip has reached nearly 300 thousand views, demonstrates how Ms. Samantha Skubal and TSI has impacted our students and community:Microsoft Education Live featuring Samantha Skubal (12:30-24:50).

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