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Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

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Congratulations are in order for Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School! AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are thrilled to announce that Ms. Parham, who teaches seventh grade science, was one of 100 educators nationwide selected as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator

As classrooms continue to evolve to incorporate technology into learning, more K-12 educators than ever are embracing the power of digital media to enhance student engagement and achievement. Ms. Parham stood out from the crowd as an educator who is not only embracing digital media in the classroom, but truly paving the way in innovation and creative thinking. 

Ms. Parham enjoys creating an environment in which her students are leading and engaging each other in discussion. She says that the best part of teaching is when her students not only understand a new concept but can also relate it to current events. In the past year, her students have taken more ownership in their learning by designing their research projects to teach the class. 

We know that, as a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Ms. Parham will continue to empower her peers and share strategies around digital media integration; serve as an ambassador who embraces life-long learning, collaboration, inclusion, and innovation; and will be part of a robust professional learning community that will foster new ways of thinking, while leading the way in digital media in the classroom.

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Over the next year, Ms. Parham and other honorees will take part in a yearlong professional development program, which prepares them to act as digital learning ambassadors in their local schools and communities. They will also receive exclusive professional development from PBS, including virtual training and resources that they will be able to bring home to their school and incorporate into curriculum. 

We are proud to be Ms. Parham's representative station and grateful for her innovation and dedication to Arkansas students. She is doing outstanding work in Marion and fulfills a vital role in our children’s lives!