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West Fargo Educators Earn Apple Teacher Designation

West Fargo, ND – (April 28, 2021) – Eleven educators from West Fargo Public Schools have earned Apple’s designation as an Apple Teacher by completing the company’s technology-based professional development program.

Apple Teacher is a free, self-paced professional development program available to educators. The curriculum enhances educators’ competency with Apple products by offering skill-building lessons for apps like Keynote, Camera, Numbers, Pages, GarageBand, and iMovie. Participants are immersed in the program using guided tutorials and instructional ideas that they can discuss with colleagues and implement in their classrooms. After completing content-specific lessons, participants take a quiz in the virtual Apple Teacher Learning Center. Upon passing a quiz, they earn one of six badges reflecting advancement in instructional technology; the Apple Teacher designation is gained when an educator earns all six badges.

Apple also offers the Apple Distinguished Schools program, which is an invitation-only program for schools that meet specific instructional, technological, and educational requirements. To be considered, a school must model innovative use of Apple products, have a majority of faculty with the Apple Teacher designation, have an established one-to-one device program, and provide documented success in instructional technology. Just over 540 schools in 32 countries have earned the Apple Distinguished School designation; North Dakota does not yet have an Apple Distinguished School.

“Completing the Apple Teacher certificate demonstrates that an educator has spent time familiarizing themselves with each of the major Apple applications and their key features and functions. These applications allow students to demonstrate and share their learning in creative ways, thus enhancing their educational experience at West Fargo Public Schools,” remarked Mrs. Heather Sand, Director of Curriculum & Instruction. “Our Apple Educators are paving the way for students to encounter an in-depth and unique application of instructional technology. We hope that with staff’s on-going commitment to professional learning and the successful implementation of our 1:1 device program, our schools will be on track for consideration as an Apple Distinguished School.”

Since the program was implemented throughout the district in 2019, nearly 400 staff members have received the designation. The following staff have earned an Apple Teacher designation in the last quarter:

  • Anderson, Jacob
  • Bloom, Michelle
  • Gravdahl, David
  • Kalash, Lori
  • Kopp, Kelly
  • Krogstad, Marit
  • Lindbo, Annie
  • Meiser, Anna
  • Rodgers, Cassie
  • Spoehr, Elizabeth
  • White, Dakota


Stephanie Hansen
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