Lois Grasso, a teacher at Lionville Middle School has been named as one of Pennsylvania's state-level Keystone Teachers of the Year. This award is given by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and recognizes those teachers across the commonwealth who are successfully infusing technology into their instructional practices for the purpose of improving student learning.

There are three levels of Keystones selected by the Department of Education: School, District and State.

Lois, a local and district-level winner submitted a sample of her work with Lionville Middle School students to the regional selection team. The regional selection team reviewed the applications and selected approximately 100 district-level Keystones to become state-level Keystones.

State-level Keystones are invited to participate in a five-day summit at Saint Francis University in August where they will collaborate with colleagues, share ideas and practices, and strategize ways to disseminate model practices across the commonwealth. Keystones will be immersed in learning experiences that expose them to innovative ideas for teaching with technology and emphasize their role as teacher leaders. Keystones will be featured at the 2005 Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) and the 2005 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Philadelphia.

This is the second year for the Keystone project. Keystone teachers now represent more than 200 school districts, non-public schools, and CTC/AVTS.

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