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UTRGV to Showcase Program’s Tech Innovation in Webinar

On May 9, from 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. ET, the recipient of the 2024 Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology, the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will present their Empowered Educator Program for 21st Century Teaching (E2) as part of AACTE’s Lunch & Learn series. During this virtual event, “Unlocking Digital Pedagogy through the Empowered Educator Program at UTRGV,” faculty will focus on E2’s ability to equip teacher candidates with essential skills for modern education. 

The Best Practice Award for the Innovative Use of Technology award, overseen by AACTE’s Committee on Innovation and Technology, recognizes an innovative use of educational technologies in a school, college, or department of education and highlights initiatives that creatively infuse technology into the curriculum, transcending conventional teaching methods and bringing about transformative changes in educational practices.  

University teaching and learning professor Leticia De Leon, Ed.D., along with education technology professors Maria Elena Corbeil, Ed.D. and Joseph Rene Corbeil, Ed.D., will dive into E2’s key features that include a thorough digital literacy assessment that evaluates teacher candidates’ knowledge of technology integration. They will also showcase one of the seven modules in this curriculum, emphasizing the features of the program that make it a dynamic experience for teacher candidates, including accessibility and UDL features, multimedia and interactive content, and relevance and real-world connections. 

Furthermore, participants will gain insight into how the program accomplishes its digital pedagogy objectives by leveraging the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) national standards as a guiding framework. This strategic approach prioritizes the seamless integration of technology into teaching practices, thereby fostering heightened student engagement, and optimizing learning outcomes. Moreover, faculty members will explore the program’s concerted endeavors to cultivate advocacy for digital equity, empowering graduates to become advocates for ensuring equitable access to technology resources for all students. 

For more information, and to register for this AACTE members-only event, please the webpage. 


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Brooke Evans

Assistant Director, Development & Professional Learning