Awards, Publications, & Presentations

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Google for Education Certified Innovator, Spring 2016

Chosen as one of only 34 innovators from across the globe to participate in the Google Innovator Academy in Mountain View, CA.

The Certified Innovator program is a 12-month professional development experience including mentorship, online learning activities, and a face-to-face Innovation Academy focused on helping new Innovators launch a transformative project. Innovators:

  • Are ambassadors for change and empower other educators and students
  • Want to change the world of education by tackling complex opportunities to develop new-to-the-world solutions
  • Already foster a thriving innovation culture within their own classrooms, schools and organizations


Exchange Exceptional Emerging Leader, Spring 2015

Chosen as one of only 48 Exceptional Emerging Leaders after a global search based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership — Professionals who are are well-grounded in their own work and program or organization and who are using their strengths and advocacy skills to make a difference for children, families, and their communities.
  • Emerging — Professionals under the age of 45 who are demonstrating leadership potential and actions.
  • Roles — Emerging Leaders include classroom teachers, as well as program managers, organization leaders, teacher trainers — anyone connected to issues around young children, families, care and education.
  • Knowledge Base — Professionals who understand strong Early Care and Education principles and practices, including addressing diversity and equity, and who are engaged in life-long learning.
  • Spirit — Professionals demonstrating the ability to work collaboratively and with personal initiative.

Applications were reviewed by a panel of current, highly-respected and experienced leaders.

PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, 2014

Selected as one of 100 educators from across the country to participate in the PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. LearningMedia Digital Innovators are chosen for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.


Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILA)

 Honorable Mention: Busting Boundaries 2014


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Grinberg, E. (2014, February 11). Would you want Google Glass in class? CNN Living. Retrieved from

(2014, February 11). Riscopriamo le scuole migliori al mondo (quelle italiane) con i Google Glass. Il sole 24 ore. Retrieved from 

Deamics, C. (2013, October 13). How one teacher is using Google Glass to change her classroom. PandoDaily. Retrieved from

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Powers, M.A. (2014, December 15) Google glass: Documenting learning for a global audience. Innovate my school. Retrieved from 

Powers, M. A. (2014, April 17). Create a maker club, start a movement – The power of starting small. Fractus Learning. Retrieved from

Powers, M. A. (2013, November 26). Seeing the classroom through google glass. EdSurge. Retrieved from

Powers, M. A. (2013, July 24). “Making” as meaningful professional development. Fractus Learning. Retrieved from 

Powers, M. A. (2013, June 26). Reviewing Google Glass for the classroom – 5 big takeaways. Fractus Learning. Retrieved from 

Glasser, H. M., & Powers, M. A. (2011). Disrupting traditional student-teacher roles, 140 characters at a time. Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education, 1(2). Retrieved from  

Powers, M. A. & Glasser, H. M. (2011). How twitter can impact experiences in liberal arts classrooms: Graduates’ reflections. Paper discussion presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. 

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Conference Presentations:

Powers, M. A., (2016, June) Design Thinking in Elementary. Workshop presented at South Carolina Midlands Google Summit, Blythewood, SC.

Moran, M., Own, L., Powers, M. A., Steighner, C., & Rashad, K. (2016, March) Ready go! Take innovation from concept to practice. Summit presented at SXSWedu, Austin, TX.

Powers, M. A. (2015, September) Empowering Students to Design Classroom Culture. Workshop presented at the Learning2 Asia conference, Manila, Philippines.

Powers, M. A. & Own, L. (2015, March). Scaling innovation in schools: New leadership roles. Core conversation presented at SXSWedu, Austin, TX.

Powers, M. A. & Faude, J. (2015, February). Mindfulness approaches for school administrators:  Keep calm and carry on. Workshop presented at the annual National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) conference, Boston, MA.

Powers, M. A. (2015, October). Integrating STEM activities into your elementary classroomWorkshop presented at the Pennsylvania Association for Independent Schools (PAIS) Bi-annual conference, Newtown Square, PA.

Powers, M. A. (2014, September). Create a space for design thinking and innovation in your classroomWorkshop presented at the Learning2 Africa conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Powers, M. A. (2013, April). Technology as a tool for global learning. Workshop presented at the Villanova Tech Expo, Villanova, PA.

Powers, M. A. (2012, November). Technology as a tool for global learning. Workshop presented at the Multicultural Cultural Resource Center Teachers Teaching Teachers Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Powers, M.A. & Puerling, B. (2012, November). Classroom technology integration. Roundtable at Tech on Deck event on the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference, Atlanta, GA.

Glasser, H.M., Lesnick, A., & Powers, M. A. (2010, March). Educational explorations. Poster session presented at the annual National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Summit, New Orleans, LA.


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