Bonnie F. Johns
County Public Schools
"Renee is preparing our teachers for what's to come in a technology saturated society and our teachers are turning around and preparing our students to be successful in that same world; it is truly a recipe for making our students college and career ready."
- Lisa Spencer, Director of Technology Training & Support
Hyattsville, Md. – The Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) is proud to announce its November 2017 Digital Learning Showcase Recipient Renee Henderson, instructional technology specialist at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).
Henderson has been instrumental in moving PGCPS forward in fully utilizing its 1-to-1 device initiative as well as implementing Google Suite across many of the high schools. The dependability of Henderson’s wisdom and hands on approach is described as second to none as she is passionate in transforming learning opportunities for students. Her daily approach is comprised visiting schools, working with teachers in group and individual settings, and advocating for teachers to embrace the technology tools available. Henderson believes each tool offers a unique capability that can be turned into a unique learning experience supporting her mission of seeing each student meet their maximum potential.
“In Prince George’s County, we are very fortunate to having a gadget guru like Renee who is always seeking the next best tool to support student learning,” Prince George’s County Public Schools Executive Director of Instructional Technology and Support Dr. Lisa Spencer explained about Henderson’s leadership and drive to expand technology initiatives across the district. “Her excitement and passion for learning and anything that is techy makes her amazing for our schools. She is generous in sharing her knowledge and doesn’t want to keep it to herself.”
Henderson’s planning ability and willingness to develop programming has not gone unnoticed either. In PGCPS’s 1-to-1 device initiative, Henderson spent countless hours visiting schools prior to the 1-to-1 shift working with school administrators, teachers, and parents in solidifying the processes – device distribution, instructional shifts, and community awareness to name a few – necessary to move a school through this monumental shift. Well after the initial shift, Henderson continues to work intimately with all stakeholders supporting the processes in places and focuses much of her time on how to use the tools available in the classroom.
“Being able to ensure teachers are able to use what is available and making sure teachers can truly raise the bar in their instruction allows for higher order thinking in our students,” Spencer elaborated as Henderson impacts teacher instruction and student learning opportunities. “Renee is preparing our teachers for what’s to come in a technology-saturated society and our teachers are turning around and preparing our student to be successful in that same world; it is truly a recipe for making our students college and career ready.”
However, the learning doesn’t stop when the school bell lets out for the day. Henderson is an active learner outside of working hours seeking further trainings and certifications while staying on top of changing technology tools. She is a Google Certified Educator, STAR Discover Educator via Discovery Education, and a BreakoutEDU trainer. In addition, she is active presenting at the local, regional, and national levels.
“My passion is professional development and coaching of educators, helping them to reach their greatest potential in the classroom using many areas of technology. Just as I focused on student success as a classroom teacher, I now bring that energy to the adult educators I work with on a daily basis,” Henderson stated. “It is great when your passion is your job.”
About Digital Learning Showcase
MSET is taking the opportunity to highlight best practices in classroom teaching, leading, and learning with educational technology from around the state of Maryland. The goal is to spotlight innovations of members and nonmembers throughout different public and private school settings. Each month teachers, school leaders, and community members are asked to nominate individuals who support innovation and educational technology in a school setting.
MSET is non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting the improvement of the teaching-learning process through effective technology integration into all curricular areas as well as fostering and promoting excellence technology in education. MSET is an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a leading international network for technology professionals.