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About Me
Lisa Nielsen is a Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and creator of The Innovative Educator blog social network, and wiki. The Innovative Educator blog ( was nominated in the 2009 Edublogger awards as Best Educational blog. Her work is also featured in “Learning and Leading,” “Tech & Learning,” and ISTE Connect. An outspoken and passionate advocate of innovative education Ms. Nielsen is often covered by local and national media for her views on "Thinking Outside the Ban" and determining ways to harness the power of technology for instruction and providing a voice to educators and students. She also regularly presents at conferences and provides workshops for those interested in educating innovatively.

By day, Lisa Nielsen is an educational administrator and teacher who has spent more than a decade working in various capacities in educational innovation at the New York City Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Nielsen currently oversees the creation and implementation of innovative technology and instruction in her role as a Technology Innovation Manager. She also has held positions as manager of instructional technology professional development for New York City, literacy and instructional technology coach, program developer, teacher, library media specialist, and literacy and technology staff developer. While serving in the capacity of teacher she was honored as Teacher of the Year and was her district's nomination as Technology Educator of the Year.

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Honors & Certifications

In order of acquisition (most recent - least recent)
  • International EduTwitter
  • Google Certified Teacher
  • International EduBlogger
  • Education Administrator: Senior Subject Area Instructional Program Management Specialist – Technology Education – Instruction Specialist
  • Education Administrator – Curriculum Development and Coordination Instruction Specialist
  • Education Administrator – Senior Staff Development and Training Instruction Specialist
  • School District Administrator
  • National Technology Educator of the Year Selection, New York City, District 5
  • Teacher Of The Year, New York City, District 5
  • Teacher PK – 8
About The Innovative Educator Wiki
This site is maintained by me, Lisa Nielsen, and was created to enable me to share information, ideas, and resources with other innovative educators as well as begin to grow a community interested in educating innovatively. This site has a companion blog, social network, and Twitter feed designed to support and reinforce its contents.
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The opinions expressed by me are strictly my own and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of the NYC DOE, the AVP or any other entity.