PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND (June 7, 2018) –With digital media and technology transforming classroom teaching, Debra Turchetti-Ramm emerges as a leader among pioneers. WSBE Rhode Island PBS President David W. Piccerelli today announced Ms. Turchetti-Ramm has been selected as one of only 30 educators nationwide for the first PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Program.
Debra Turchetti-Ramm embodies all of the qualities that make her an exemplary recipient of the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star award,” said Mr. Piccerelli. “We were proud to nominate her and are delighted she was chosen for this honor. We are confident the Digital Innovator program will benefit greatly from her leadership and enthusiasm.”
Each Digital Innovator All-Star was selected from a cohort of extraordinary educators who are doing innovative work in their schools and districts. Awardees were previously recognized as PBS Digital Innovators; Ms. Turchetti-Ramm was named PBS Lead Digital Innovator in 2015. Currently, the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star program expands on the program’s influential work begun in 2013.
In partnership with Rhode Island PBS, Ms. Turchetti-Ramm will spend the 2018-2019 school year deepening engagement around the station’s educational resources among Rhode Island students, families, educators, and schools. As an exclusive part of the program, she will have access to virtual and in-person events, including the PBS Digital Innovator All-Star Summit in Chicago, to connect and learn with peers and station representatives from across the country.
Ms. Turchetti-Ramm has been the instructional technology coordinator for Johnston public schools since the role was created in 2016. She taught fourth grade in the district for 20 years. A National Board Certified Teacher and president of the Rhode Island Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (RIASCD), she helps build technology competencies of students and teachers across the district, provides technology-based professional learning opportunities for educators across the state, and develops strategies for personalization through blended learning. She was recently among 30 educators across the state who provided input into the Rhode Island Department of Education’s educational technology report coordinated by the Rhode Island Governor’s Office of Innovation and EduvateRI. Ms. Turchetti-Ramm has earned numerous honors and awards, including Johnston Public Schools Teacher of the Year; Highlander Institute Fuse RI Fellow; the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
“Debra’s positive impact on educators and their students is clearly seen in her district and - due to her leadership - indeed across the state,” says Jon Rubin, director of education services at Rhode Island PBS. “With this latest recognition, we look forward to working closely with Debra so her expertise and insight can inform our work in providing digital media resources for Rhode Island educators and students."
“I am thrilled to continue to be a part of PBS and its incredible tech tools for teachers,” said Ms. Turchetti-Ramm on hearing of her selection.
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 as education leaders, and service to under-resourced families. The full list of the 2018 PBS Digital Innovator All-Stars, their profiles and photographs can be found at www.pbs.org/education/
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