Jennifer Dralle-Moreano, the library media specialist at Jackson Avenue School in the Mineola Union Free School District, was the only educator from New York invited to speak at the e-Learning Korea 2018 international conference. Hosted by the Korea Education and Research Information Service, the three-day event was held in Seoul, South Korea, and showcased top products and practices in digital education from throughout the world. Ms. Dralle-Moreano was asked to speak about innovative learning practices as a guest for Digital Promise. Mineola Union Free School District has been an elite member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools since the 2014-15 school year.
“Being surrounded by these inspiring international educators who were all top in their field, who were all doing the same things we are doing here in Mineola, was so reaffirming that our students and teachers are really ahead of the curve here,” Ms. Dralle-Moreano said of the experience. “I am so grateful to be in a district that supports its teachers and students so steadfastly, that has provided me such a great opportunity for my professional advancement, and trusted me to represent our exemplary practices in the global arena.”
Ms. Dralle-Moreano was one of only four educators who spoke in the group on “Transforming Education With Innovative Teachers.” She also participated in several Q&A panels throughout the conference, which was attended by policy makers, administrators, stakeholders, board members, students and parents.
During her four years with the district, Ms. Dralle-Moreano has been named a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, PBS Digital Innovator, and assisted in developing the KidOYO Digital Badges and Coding platform. In 2016-2018, she assisted Jackson Avenue in becoming a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School and has served as adviser to the school’s Lego League Club and TED-Ed Club.