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Michael Niehoff National Faculty

Michael Niehoff is currently a Career Technical Education Site Leader at the College of the Sequoias. He has been a secondary educator for 27 years as a teacher, advisor, director of activities, learning director and principal. After several years in the media industry, he became an educator to empower students to create, innovate and advocate. All of his early experiences as a high school media teacher have influenced his educational pedagogy of project-based learning, student voice and choice, career technical education, real world applications and community connectedness. As a site leader, Michael has been recognized by the Association of School Administrators as a regional secondary principal of the year. For his education technology leadership, he has been recognized by CUE and Central Valley CUE as a site leader of the year. Additionally, Michael was also recognized by AMAE (Association of Mexican American Educators) as Administrator of the Year in his region for success with hispanic students. As a Student Leadership/Activities Director, Michael was recognized by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Organization On Disability for special needs student inclusion. He is the founding principal of the award-winning, 1:1, project-based Minarets High School / Minarets Charter High School that has been recognized three times as an Apple Distinguished School as well as California School Board Association winner for Innovative Programs. He is also a staff writer for Getting Smart, as well as a contributing writer for District Administration, ISTE, Next Gen Learning, P21, eSchool News and many others. He publishes regularly on his own Education Blog entitled Edu Change & Student Advocacy. He is a Google Certified Innovator, CUE Lead Learner and Buck Institute for Education National Faculty member who regularly presents on contemporary and progressive education issues. His focus areas include, but are not limited to project-based learning, career technical education, school culture, new literacies and skills, transformational leadership, student voice & choice, ed tech integration, school redesign and more. Follow him on Twitter @mwniehoff.