News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

​BVSD Communications - 720-561-5825

Award Winner Katie Gambardella with Kiffany Lychock and Tobey Bassoff

Katie Gambardella, 2nd Grade Teacher at Ryan Elementary STEAM School, Receives International Recognition Award for ‘Making IT Happen’ in Educational Technology

BOULDER / LAFAYETTE: Katie Gambardella, second grade teacher at Boulder Valley School District's Ryan Elementary STEAM School, was honored today with the Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. This award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education. Katie is one of two Making IT Happen award winners who were honored at today’s InnEdCo Conference in Keystone, Colo.
“Katie is highly deserving of this award,” said Tobey Bassoff, Principal of the Ryan Elementary STEAM School in BVSD. “She is an innovative teacher who is highly skilled at embracing opportunities for students to communicate, collaborate, think critically and to be creative.”
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995, more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.
Katie was nominated for the Making IT Happen award by Kiffany Lychock, Director of Educational Innovation for BVSD, who wrote:
Ms. Gambardella is an innovative educator who consistently strives to improve her practice in order to impact student engagement and achievement. … Katie has a strong drive to learn about learning. It is perhaps this drive and motivation to constantly refine her instructional practice for all students that most impresses me. She seeks to also share and collaborate with others in her learning; an important characteristic when seeking to make effective systemic growth that may involve change. She has a true desire to gain in-depth knowledge of leadership roles and to grow her skill set as a teacher leader.
“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:
  1. Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
  2. Move forward and don’t look back
  3. See students as real people
  4. Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
  5. Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
  6. Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
  7. Expect success
  8. Motivate through awareness and access to information
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.
About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.
Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit . Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

# # #