Powerful Learning Practice has expanded its staff and brought some fascinating new minds (and fresh ideas) to our team. We’d like to introduce our team to you, one by one, and so we’ve come up with seven questions for each of them so you can have a little peek into what they’re thinking and who they are.

Meet Lyn Hilt, Powerful Learning Practice Community Leader, Team Leader, Connected Coach and Blogger.

Lynn Hilt

Lynn Hilt, PLP Community Leader, Team Leader Connected Coach and Blogger

My name is Lyn Hilt. I am an elementary principal and K-6 technology integrator/coach in Lancaster County, PA. I am privileged to work with enthusiastic students, dedicated teachers and staff, and a supportive school community on a daily basis! I am passionate about connected learning, reading, writing and sharing. My husband and I enjoy traveling and loving our two rescued greyhounds!

What do you do here at Powerful Learning Practice?

I am privileged to wear many hats with PLP! This year I am the team leader of a Year 2 PBL cohort, a community leader for the Leading Edge group, and a connected coach for the IU13 teams. I also blog for Voices from the Learning Revolution.

What else are you up to professionally?

I have the opportunity to speak to others regarding a variety of educational topics, including social media use in education, professional development, the changing face of leadership in 21st century schools, and more. I love sharing with and learning from other administrators and educators, and have been privileged to present and speak at such venues as ISTE and Educon. I have also presented webinars for Simple K-12 and presented online during the Reform Symposium. I highly recommend administrators visit Connected Principals to learn from some of the most forward-thinking minds in K-12 administration today. I hope to continue to share more in the future!

Desert island situation – you get to take five books. What are they?

This is the hardest question I’ve ever been asked in an interview. Here are my top three:

The Great Gatsby


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

What is your favorite example of how online communities are powerful and transformative?

Last year, a team from our school was involved with a Year 1 PLP cohort. I saw tremendous growth from my teachers during that time. This translated into teachers empowering students in the classroom in a variety of ways. All of these teachers have since taken on leadership roles in our school. One of our teachers even asked her students to incorporate their passions into learning, and they proposed a project that would help raise funds for the citizens of Japan and Haiti following their natural disasters last year. They created pins of the country’s flags and sold them for $1 each. Through their efforts, they ended up raising over $800! Not bad for one fourth grade class in a small rural school! We were so very proud of them. Connected learning means so much more than using the tools of technology. It’s about raising awareness of the world around us and appreciating the lives and perspectives of one another.

Where can people find you online?

On Twitter I’m @l_hilt , and my blog is The Principal’s Posts. I also blog for Connected Principals, Voices from the Learning Revolution and contribute to podcasts for Edreach. You can learn more about our school by visiting our school blog! I’m found in a lot of online spaces. My About.me page captures my digital footprint!

Any final words?

Thanks to all of my colleagues in PLP who have pushed me in my thinking over the last two years! It has been such a valuable learning experience for me.

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Christen Dodd

Christen is a Connected Learning Specialist for PLP. After earning her MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia, she began her career as a K-5 Computer Resource Teacher. She enjoyed collaborating with staff and creating technology lessons that engaged students, but caught “the bug” for presenting to educators on a national level. For eleven years, Christen trained educators both face-to-face and virtually with Verizon Thinkfinity. She also served as their Distance Learning Coordinator and Vice President of Professional Development. Christen has enjoyed working with Powerful Learning Practice since 2011 and continuing her work with educators, parents and students alike. Currently, she is also an instructional technology specialist at her children's JK-8 Catholic school.

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