Iowa PBS announces Bettendorf educator selected as PBS Digital Innovator All-Star

Today, IPTV announced Aaron Maurer from Mississippi Bend AEA 9 is one of 30 educators from across the country named to the first PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program. Each of the Digital Innovator All-Stars was selected from a cohort of extraordinary educators who are doing innovative work in their schools and districts, and were previously recognized as part of the PBS Digital Innovator program, which began in 2013. The PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program expands on this influential work, deepening these educators’ roles as leaders in integrating technology and digital media into the classroom —supporting students’ learning through increasingly important media literacy skills.

Maurer currently serves as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA 9 and is the founder of a non-profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this, he served as an instructional coach for Bettendorf Middle School and has been in education for over a decade, teaching sixth grade social studies, literature and computer as well as gifted education in grades 4-8.  

“We recognize Mr. Maurer as an All-Star not only because he helps us to bring innovation to Iowa classrooms every day, but also as a past Digital Innovator (2016) and Master Teacher for IPTV’s Teacher Training Institute (2014),” said Ken Harrison, director of education Services at IPTV. “Inclusion in the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program will provide him with continued professional development opportunities and resources that will help further engage and empower students in his community.”

In partnership with IPTV, Maurer will spend the 2018-2019 school year deepening engagement among students, families, educators and schools. As an exclusive part of the program, he will have access to virtual and in-person events, including the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Summit, to connect and learn with peers and station representatives from across the country.

The PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars were chosen based on a variety of criteria, including passion for their role as an educator, outcomes from their time as PBS Digital Innovators, connections to their communities and service to under-resourced families.

The full list of the 2018 PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars, their profiles and photographs can be found here.

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