Getting STLP Started


Getting started with STLP is very easy.

3 Steps to Get Your STLP Started

STEP 1: Get your STLP State Recognized!  Follow this link to submit the Get Recognized! form for your school. Click Here GET RECOGNIZED!

STEP 2: Join the KYSTLP Listserv to make sure you get all the STLP Updates and to engage in discussion with other STLP Coordinators around KY and your region

STEP 3: Explore the STLP Website and Digital Handbook for ideas and details about the Big 3 STLP Events (Fall Showcase, Digital Product Online Judging, and State Championship); then, pick a path and get started!


What do STLP Schools and Coordinators do?
  • Schools empower students to learn and use technology to achieve.
  • Schools appoint an STLP Coordinator(s) to support and guide the students.
  • Students create projects, products or provide services to the school and community.
  • The projects can be carried out before, during or after school. Schools may integrate STLP projects into the school coursework.
  • Library Media Specialist (LMS) and school and district Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) usually help support the program.
  • STLP Coordinators may participate in training and annual events.
  • STLP Coordinators are asked to review the Code of Conduct with students.


Why would I want my students to participate in STLP?
  • Students’ technological skills increase impacting post-secondary choices.
  • STLP allows students to come together, share, learn and achieve.
  • STLP is project driven. Projects should be selected by need and interest.
  • Students and teachers learn from other performing students.
  • The school gains recognition with an active program.
  • Students gain team building, communication, digital citizenship and leadership skills.
  • Projects reflect: community service, entrepreneurial and instructional projects, training others, and assisting with technical issues in the school.
  • Students participate in student involvement categories; produce products based upon interest and skill.
  • Parents and the community are active partners.


How do we build our STLP?
  • There is no cost to register your school to be state-recognized.
  • STLP is open to all students. STLP can be before, during or after school.
  • Restricting membership is not part of an active recruitment and retention process.
  • Registration to become state-recognized is open year round.


What is the Code of Conduct for All STLP Students?
  • Students’ behavior (spoken language, body language, actions) shall reflect upon their school and provide a positive image of STLP.
  • Students are to be active participants and be a global digital citizen.
  • Students are to follow all instructions of the chaperone(s) and STLP Coordinator (s).
  • Students spending the night for an event are expected to observe curfews, hotel rules and chaperone rules. No student, no matter the age, is to be alone on the street when traveling on foot. All school rules apply at STLP events.
  • Students shall not be in possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or weapons.


Important Steps to Begin STLP
  1. Secure a person to be a STLP Coordinator/Coach. Some STLP schools have more than one adult helping to support the students’ projects, products and services. Many parents and community persons support STLP.
  2. Some districts offer stipends to coordinators/Coaches. Some districts do not.
  3. Gain the endorsement of the Principal, Superintendent, and District Technology Coordinator (DTC)/Chief Information Officer (CIO).
  4. Communicate to parents and the community. Market your program.
  5. Open STLP to all students. STLP is for ALL interested students, so your STLP should reflect your school’s population. Use a variety of on-going approaches to recruit. Try to attract students who are “naturals” with technology, but make sure all students get a chance to join sometime during the school year. Data shows these students benefit: ones new to the school; ones not doing well in class, ones who do not have a computer at home, ones with special needs, ones who speak another language, and ones who rarely receive a teacher’s positive attention. Work to recruit new members, especially girls in the upper grades. Your STLP should have members from across the school.
  6. Your STLP should be multi-age and multi-grade over time.
  7. Do not exclude students. Do not allow your schedule or the student. Not all students must be involved in all projects all at the same time.
  8. STLP is project driven. Projects may spring from classrooms, after school or community needs. Let where students are during the day, and what projects they have an interest in doing, drive some of the projects in the program.
  9. Publicize your meetings. Let students know when and where the meetings will take place. Some meet during a class; some meet before or after school.
  10. Have you joined the STLP School Listserv? Your students may join the STLP Student listserv. Join both at
  11. Discuss the STLP Mission and Goals. Talk about the structure of your STLP. Structure is centered on the 5 levels of participation, a schedule of when and how to meet, and the goals the group wants to accomplish. There is no one way to structure. Make the structure fit your school and its needs.
  12. When planning projects, products and services, consider the technology standards for students and teachers, the school’s  improvement plan, the needs and interests of the students and community. Student-designed projects, products and services drive STLP and impact learning and the school and community.
  13. Some projects may lead to a service for the school or community;  some teach others; and some are very technical in nature. These projects can be shared at a school event, and/or a district or fall showcase.
  14. Decide at what levels to be involved. (Local, district, regional showcase, statewide event)
  15. Decide what categories students will excel and compete.
  16. Decide what events (regional or state) your STLP will attend.
  17. Decide which students will participate in which of the three out of school of events: fall showcase, winter virtual judging or state championship.
  18. Use the EASY form to organize the STLP students and events.
  19. Gain funding from a school or community source, or raise funds.
  20. Arrange for a judge to be at the events you decide to be involved with this year.
  21. Make sure the judge is certified. The handbook explains how to secure and certify a judge.
  22. Go online and submit information online.
  23. Continue to market the program year round.
  24. Contact Jeff Sebulsky, Program Manager, anytime you have questions.


Recruitment of STLP Students

Recruitment of students allows for the program to grow and be diverse. Diversity helps strengthen the program. Below are ways to recruit:

  • Announcements first weeks of school
  • Be flexible with student schedules
  • Continuously sign up students (open enrollment)
  • Dance sponsored by STLP
  • Everyone has a chance
  • Flyers around building
  • Grade level talks
  • Help in classrooms
  • Interest levels shape the program
  • Join Lego, robotics, programming, ThinkQuest or other related contests
  • Kid-vine (let the kids tell the kids)
  • Learning opportunities draw in students
  • Multi ways to meet
  • Newspapers and posters
  • Organize program early in year to capture students
  • Parent recommendations
  • Queue parents
  • Recycle old computers
  • Summer camps
  • Teacher recommendations and advisor/advisee groups
  • Uniform T-shirts
  • Very pretty certificates and logo lapel pins
  • Web links to invite students
  • Xtra attention, nametags, duties
  • Yearly awards and rewards
  • Zero in on Student Technology Standards (TE POS & NETS)


What does a coordinator do when so many students want to join STLP?


STLP is for all that show an interest. STLP coordinators will need to work with principals, TISs, parents, other staff, and community persons to help each group (projects, product, service) have guidance from an adult. Other older students can also help lead the younger students, as well.

Not all students need to meet as a large group, since STLP is not structured like a club with defined meetings, but rather structured to accomplish goals of STLP. Cluster the students into groups based upon the work they do.

The STLP Coordinators will need support from the school district when more than 50 students want to be part of the program. No interested student should be turned away.  Coordinators could help those students find and develop a meaningful projects, products or services to accomplish.


Marketing the STLP Program

Marketing the STLP program helps the school gain recognition, support of the community and strengthens the program.  Here are the A-B-C’s of marketing STLP:

  • Assembly presentations
  • Board meetings
  • Community involvement
  • District news
  • Educational showcase for incoming students
  • Featured newspaper and cable stories
  • Go for the Gold or Silver School Award
  • Help in classrooms
  • Inside Kentucky Schools KET show featuring STLP
  • Join anytime
  • Kentucky STLP State Championship
  • Lunchtime PowerPoint
  • Make posters, videos
  • News cast credits
  • Open enrollment
  • Presentations to classmates
  • Queue teachers needs
  • Radio station announcements or podcasts
  • School announcements and signage
  • Trainers in the school
  • Unite to Read Project
  • Visuals of past projects and events on display
  • Web Page
  • Xtra announcements
  • Yearly awards
  • Zoom in on projects, products and services


Five Levels of STLP Involvement


Students have many opportunities to be involved with STLP. These levels of involvement help the STLP schools reach higher levels of learning and collaboration.


School Level

  • The foundation and most important area for STLP is the school level.
  • Schools decide what projects, products and services the group will offer the school and community.
  • These day-to-day, week-to-week activities/projects allow students to gain technology and leadership skills.


District Level

  • Many districts plan for events that bring all schools together. These events may be a district showcase, STLP awards or a learning camp. The district showcase of student technology skills allows parents and community persons to witness the empowered and talented students.
  • Some districts have a district team of students, which are students representing each school in the district. The district level STLP group helps plan and advise district STLP events or may carry out district projects.  These students may be part of a district help desk, as well.

Regional Showcase Level

  • Local universities plan events that are unique to the college.  These events held on a campus allow students a chance to witness college life and plan for future post secondary education. Students come to the event to compete in two categories: showcase projects and engineers.
  • University partners for past events: Murray State, Western, Eastern, UL, UK, Morehead, Thomas More, Hazard Community College, Northern Kentucky and Georgetown.
  • In some areas of the state showcases are at a center or convention center, due to large numbers participating, or sponsorships of the event.


State Level

  • Invited STLP Engineers will provide tech support to endorsed STLP events.
  • Schools across Kentucky are invited to participate in the annual STLP State Championship. The best projects/services based upon high scores from regional showcase events; completed products; and performance categories are competing to be selected as the Best in State. Guest speakers, the technology playground and the annual awards program are highlights of the competitive event.
  • Some schools might attend and/or present at any state conference and represent STLP.


National Level

  • Showcase projects, which are selected as the Best in State, may be invited to present at the student showcase at ISTE in San Diego, CA June24-27, 2012. The schools would be representing Kentucky on the national level. Engineers may be invited to ISTE 2012.
  • Some schools might attend and/or present at any national conference and represent STLP.
  • Schools may be involved with a global project.


Tips for the Coordinator/Coach
  • Base the projects students’ select to undertake on the need and interest of the students, school and community. The best projects come from the passions and interest of the team.
  • Look to see how the Technology Program of Studies can be woven into projects, products and services, so students can demonstrate technology skills.
  • Create projects, products and services authentic in nature. Students should be able to express that the project is making a difference in the school and community.
  • Remember others can support the work of STLP. Ask for help, have another teacher or parent work with groups. The community wants to help, include them. If others help, make sure you have a clear procedure for pick up and departure of students from any school, regional or state event. We want all students safe.
  • Select the best projects, products and services for competitions (fall, winter, and spring).
  • Follow the handbook and rubrics in the handbook.
  • Given coordinators schedules and STLP membership, schools may participate at the school, district, regional and state levels of involvement.
  • Check with the principal and the CIO/DTC to decide how best to finance the levels of involvement the school will undertake.
  • Many schools are supported by KETS and local funds; parent group, and businesses.
  • Some schools must raise money to attend events or stay overnight. Continue to market and recruit your STLP program so others will know and support your program.
  • Look at sharing a bus within the district to go to fall showcase or state in the spring.
  • Talk to your principal early to secure money for a bus and any overnight stay.
  • If unsure about any issue, contact Jeff Sebulsky at: 502.564.2020 x 2236


  • Kentucky Department of Education Technology Program of Studies (TE POS) was approved in the spring of 2006.
  • Technology competency was added to the high school graduation requirement for 2012.
  • STLP projects, products and services can help students gain technology skills.


  • International Society of technology Education (ISTE)
  • NETS for Students
  •  When a student is involved in STLP, the student is working on the NETS Student Standards upon creating and completing projects and products.


Photo: JSebulsky

Final 2013-2014 Deadline Extensions

It’s been quite a winter season already!  Several deadlines have been adjusted in an effort to remain sensitive to the challenges of STLP Coordinators during this historic string of school closings. I have made a number of additional adjustments to be aware of (also reflected on the STLP website and “Important Dates” document):

  • Winter Virtual Judging Registration – extended to Jan. 29
  • Virtual Judging Window – moved to Feb. 7 – 24
  • Retain Gold School documentation – extended Feb. 10
  • Apply for KySTE STLP Award – extended to Feb. 14 (per KySTE)
  • State Competition Registration – extended to Mar. 17


In order to meet various internal deadlines to prepare for the State Competition (April 22) I can not adjust these deadlines any further.  Thank you for your support. — Jeff


STLP Engineers Run the Show!

Students demonstrate technical knowledge and know how; can problem solve technical issues in classrooms, school or district.​

Students demonstrate technical knowledge and know how; can problem solve technical issues in classrooms, school or district.

Students working with technical projects, maintaining networks, running help desks/desktop support and offering informal troubleshooting should apply.

STLP students gather technical knowledge with hands-on activities and self-study. Experience could also come from being a member of the school or district help desk, taking technical classes, or working in tech after school. Engineers sometimes gain vendor certifications offered in high schools across Kentucky.

2008-2013 ISTE Conference

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
Students have traveled with the best STLP showcases to San Antonio, Atlanta, San Diego, Washington, DC, Denver and Philadelphia to support technology at the conference of thousands.

2007 Past History with National Education Computing Conference/NECC

In 2007, STLP engineers were invited to be tech support at National Education Computing Conference (NECC). NECC has since been renamed ISTE.

2006-1995 Past History with KTLC/KETC

1995-2006, STLP projects, presenters and art were set up at the event for teachers and administrators to view how students were learning with technology. Students also worked as conference associates and created the Cyber Gazette. STLP Engineers worked behind the scenes and ran wire, set up the network and all the computer labs.

In 2007-2008, only the art was hung and engineers worked at KTLC.


Former STLP senior engineers continue to return and to guide the STLP senior and junior engineers at State Championship. Many former STLP students supported Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference (KTLC) with special talks and discussions. Many attended the Tech Tank event at the state event prior to the formation of STLP State Championship.

We appreciate these former STLP Engineers returning and supporting STLP:

  • DJ Anderson (Shelby),
  • Alan Barnes (Jefferson),
  • Jacob Egan (Fleming),
  • Scottie Beth Fleming (Allen),
  • Kenny Franks (Shelby),
  • Clay Graves (Mason),
  • Jason Harrison (Laurel),
  • Adam Knecht (Shelby),
  • Jamie Leistner (Ashland),
  • Walker Mattox (Nicholas),
  • Tony Miles (Nelson),
  • Dillion Patrick (Montgomery),
  • Elizabeth Ramos (Shelby),
  • Ernesto Ramos (Shelby),
  • Cynthia Smith (Meade), and
  • Derek Williams (Carroll).

KTLC= Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference;
KETC=Kentucky Educational Technology Conference

Engineers 2013

Madeline Blevins          Bellevue High School, Bellevue Independent
Corey Clark                    Knott County Central High School
Will Eubank                   Collins High School, Shelby County
Seth  Padget                  Jessamine Career and Technology Center
Pooja Patel                     Carroll County High School
Austin Perkins               Metcalfe County High School
Emanuel Picazo             Carter County Career and Technical Center
Josh Rice                        Collins High School, Shelby County
Brianna Robinson         Collins High School, Shelby County
Samantha Stephenson  Hopkinsville High School, Christian County
Eric Weaver                    Todd County Central High School
Andrea Williams            Carroll County High School
Holden Wilson                Todd County Central High School
Chandler Young             Nelson County High School


STLP Fall Showcase

The school level is the foundation and most important area of involvement for STLP.


Schools decide what projects, products and services the group will offer the school and community.


These day-to-day, week-to-week activities/projects allow students to gain technology and leadership skills.
The schools can expand the participation from school level to a regional level. Eight sites around Kentucky host a STLP Fall Showcase. Having a showcase on a college campus site impacts the future post secondary plans of the STLP students, provides college role models, and allows for university interactions with school districts. The opportunity to celebrate and come together motivates and extends the local STLP school. The opportunity to display student work, to demonstrate technology-integrated skills for other students, teachers, administrators, university and the public is a major objective. When one school sees how another school uses technology for student achievement and classroom integration, this has a direct impact of what the school, teachers and students will do in the future.
Attending and interviewing at this event is a big deal in the life of some of our STLP students, as noted in stories from students, teachers and parents. This event gives a real audience to their learning, a real purpose in creating resumes and sharpening 21st Century Skills. These students’ skills will impact Kentucky’s future economy. The students will be able to compete globally. Leadership skills will bloom.



When the students meet and compete the whole day is called Fall Showcase 2011.

The events are designed to support and extend authentic learning.
Student demonstrate skills at the event:

  • Implement, market and design the project or presentation for various purposes, audiences and situations
  • Build leadership skills
  • Utilize research, critical thinking skills to inquiry/problem-solve and make informed decisions for learning
  • Create ideas, products, and presentations that are innovative and creative
  • Communicate and collaborate with school and community persons
  • Communicate and interview with adults, outside the school building, in a professional manner
  • Practice and engage in legal, safe and ethical use of technology
  • Plan for post secondary education

Common elements of good projects:

  • Products and new ideas are sometimes generated from the project.
  • Students have to create and carry out the project over time.
  • Students must be able to discuss the project in depth. (Age appropriate)
  • The project is tied to many human and technology resources.
  • The project makes an impact to other persons, the school or community


The three types of showcase projects are:

Community Service: projects that extend outside the classroom to help the school and community

Instructional: projects that impact classroom instruction and help in student or adult learning

Technical Expertise: projects that are specific to the use of hardware and software; or STEM topics

STLP Coordinators that attend find other coordinators to discuss project, product or service ideas. First time coordinators find the fall showcase a time to discover what a project really looks like and how the event leads to state.
Often judges that attend fall showcase for the first time can return to the school and help the school.


Tips for the Coordinator/Coach


  1. Read the Handbook. Guide students to select meaningful work.
  2. Create projects, products and services authentic in nature. Students should be able to express that the project is making a difference in the school and community.
  3. Base the projects students’ select to undertake on the need and interest of the students, school and community. The best projects come from the passions and interest of the team. Encourage students to use a variety of technology to communicate, support and extend their learning and create products for varies purposes, audiences and situations.
  4. Guide students to engage in legal and ethical use of technology.
  5. Look to see how classroom content and 21st Century skills can be woven into projects, products and services, so students can demonstrate what they know.
  6. Remember others can support the work of STLP. Ask for help, have another teacher or parent work with groups. The community wants to help, include them. If others help, make sure you have a clear procedure for pick up and departure of students from any school, regional or state event. We want all students safe.
  7. Select the best projects, products and services for competitions (Fall, Winter & State).
  8. Follow the rubrics in the handbook.
  9. Check with the principal and the CIO/DTC to decide how best to finance the levels of involvement the school will undertake.
  10. Many schools are supported by KETS, local funds, parent groups, and businesses.
  11. Talk to your principal early to secure money for a bus and any overnight stay.
  12. Some schools must raise money to attend events or stay overnight.
  13. Look at sharing a bus within the district to go to Fall Showcase or State.
  14. If unsure about any issue, contact  X

STLP Activities in your District

Many school districts have discovered that holding their own local Student Technology Leadership Showcase is a great way to raise the quality of the student work in their district. Districts may want to consider holding their own showcase or attend another district’s showcase first.

Some students participate in the showcase by displaying talents from services they provide a school, products they create or skills they have acquired in the information technology field. Showcases may be composed of STLP projects; classroom lessons which use technology; writing with a purpose; student-produced web sites; community service materials, and products displayed as digital art, digital music, video, or multimedia.

Some district showcases have gotten entire staff participation in the event. This takes true integration to the next level. Many Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) and instructional leaders have used their expertise to support showcases at the district level.


Local Recognition
Many districts make sure students that participated in the regional or district showcases are recognized at school board meetings, in morning announcements, in newspapers, or on local cable.



District STLP Student Awards
Another way a districts has become involved with STLP at the district level is by holding a district wide awards program. These events usually recognize students’ technology talents after district, regional or state STLP events.

  • Barren County
  • Christian County
  • Fayette County, STEM Fair
  • Magoffin County
  • Pike County


District Technology Showcases over the years

  • Barren County
  • Caldwell County
  • Christian County
  • Covington Independent
  • Crittenden County
  • Daviess County, Apollo High School
  • Fayette County
  • Greenup County
  • Jefferson County
  • Nicholas County
  • Monroe County
  • Magoffin County
  • Montgomery County
  • Meade County
  • Pike County
  • Shelby County
  • Todd County
  • Trigg County

Whitley County


STLP Summer Camps
STLP Summer Camps are effective in maintaining students’ connection with school over the summer, ensuring that skills are not forgotten, and helping Student Technology Leaders learn new technology skills to apply the following school year.

Some camps help districts and schools raise money for future STLP events and activities.


Planning a Camp?
Some camps are a couple of days in length, whereas others may run an entire week. Some are day camps and some are lock-ins. Several have been planned during intersession breaks.


A Few Questions to Consider While Planning
What are special topical questions or needs of students?
What curriculum area is your school’s top priority?
What are some emerging technologies that need to be included in your planning?
How many students can you handle in your camp?
Do you have a plan to accept all that wish to attend?
How can you finance the camp?
Who are some community partners that can add to your camp’s resources?
What new academic, technology and leadership skills do the students need?
How can older students help teach younger students?
What staff (TIS, LMS, Central Office, older student technology leaders, parents and community members) can provide support to your camp?
What are the STLP Coordinator technical needs as a district?
What instructions do the students and adult leaders need?
Is there a time for STLP Coordinators to share past projects, concerns, strategies for reaching GOLD and SILVER status with one another?
How will you effectively evaluate your camp?


Past District or School Summer Camps
Anderson County
Ashland Independent
Barren County
Boone County
Bourbon County
Bowling Green Independent
Christian County
Clark County
Covington Independent, John G. Carlisle Elementary
Cumberland County High
Edmonson County
Flemingsburg Elementary
Fort Thomas Independent
Grant County
Jefferson County-NOTE-first STLP summer camps in the state
Jessamine County
Kenton County
Lincoln County
Magoffin County
Montgomery County
Mason County, Straub Elementary School
Ohio County STLP Lock In
Owen County
Pendleton County
Perry County, Leatherwood Elementary School
Pulaski County-Novell Training
Shelby County
Somerset Independent, Meece Middle School
Taylor County
Washington County



7 Project Planning Steps

At one of the meetings with the students, the coordinator can lead the discussion on how to plan a project. If a school’s STLP has more than one project, this form may help the coordinator plan the projects and manage how to work with one student leader of each project. Schools may have more than one project.

Step One

Brainstorm ideas for projects that would impact the school or community.

As a team, determine projects your school would like to focus upon this year.

Step Two

Do you have any research or data, need or interest by students to support the project?

Step Three

Select one project a small group (team 1-4 students) wishes to implement.

Consider the following questions:

  • Is the project a returning project?
  • How will the project impact others?
  • Does the project accomplish STLP goal(s)?
  • Does the project help?
  •             Teachers gain Technology Standards?
  •             Students gain technology skills?
  •             Community persons gain technology skills?
  •             Persons increase learning with the help of technology?
  • Is the project carried out over time?
  • Will the students hold interest in the project after the initial stages?
  • How does the project reach out to people or the community?
  • Is the project highly technical, instructional or community service based?
  • Is the project assisting with any areas of STEM[1]?
  • Does your group believe they can succeed in accomplishing the project?

Step Four

Talk about the project:

  • Has the school done this project before? Is there new work the new students can do to improve the returning project?
  • What type of project is it? (Community Service, Instructional, or Technical Expertise)
  • When to do the project? What has to be done? Who is responsible?
  • What resources are needed? (Materials and people)
  • How will you determine feedback and outcomes?
  • How will you collect the information to show impact?

Step Five

STLP is open to all students.

To ensure a stronger team, the make-up of the team members can be diverse in talent. A team could include: a student that is beginning to learn technology, one who likes to talk about the project, one with technical skills, and one which could teach others about the project. This can make a well-rounded team.

Check with students about sports, AP Testing, other club trips that may affect the student being involved in the project at fall showcase and at State Championship.

Step Six

Have someone record who and what are being done in order to complete the project and document the progress.

Step Seven

Does the project warrant going to fall showcase in the project category to compete? Register project online.

[1] STEM= Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics


Digital Citizenship

A STLP student should be the model for all other students in the building. Along those lines, when designing materials, STLP students should be the content creators of original work.

As a good digital citizen, STLP students need to properly cite and credit anyone else’s work when designing projects and services.

If others see projects or services in other classes, the district, region or state, proper citations are required.

All products submitted to STLP for judging should be original. Products submitted for Winter Virtual Judging should be an original idea, words, image, photo or media.  Judges should not recognize an image, photo or text from another source or person.

Some partners with STLP will not post materials if there are any issues with copyright.

A few resources to better understand copyright and intellectual properties are listed below.


Creative Thinking at Northern Kentucky University


Resources on Copyright of Jocelyn Sams, Laurel County


Creative Commons


Citations and Copyright

Library Media


Digital Citizenship


Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship


Digital Driver’s License (DDL)

Learning how to be a good digital citizen, go for the license. Go to the link and read About the DDL.


KET Multimedia Education Resources
The KET Ed Cons will help you create media.

Look at KET School Video Project – Content and Technical Requirements


Levels of Recognition


Awards and Recognition

One strategy for maintaining a strong program is to offer several levels of recognition.


School Level Recognition

Many districts recognize STLP student school accomplishments at local school board meetings. PTA or PTO meetings are another forum where students can show off their skills and accomplishments while involving parents and community members.


Many schools award lapel pins as an honor for STLP students. Most school web sites, created by Student Technology Leaders, also feature projects done by the school’s STLP. End-of-the-year awards and honors programs at the school provide an excellent opportunity to recognize students, making the school and the community aware of the products and services the STLP offer. Most STLP work with local media to publicize the program. Some local cable channels offer video created by Student Technology Leaders.

All this coverage is a way to begin recruiting new members for the following year. The coverage helps when schools need community support and resources.

Outstanding School Award:  Silver & Gold  – A school may apply for Gold and Silver Status and be recognized at the annual awards program.


District Level Recognition

Many districts are organizing district showcases and involving the community as judges or honored guests. This is an excellent way to showcase student talent.
Organizing and conducting community service learning projects for charitable organizations, local businesses is a good way to showcase students’ talent.
Summer Camps allow for students to come together to share and learn new skills. Many camps allow for fellow students to teach others. Parents are very supportive of camps.

Outstanding District: TITANIUM & PLATINUM
Districts may apply for platinum and titanium status and be recognized at the annual awards’ program.

Twenty (22) schools districts have reached the titanium or platinum level.

Platinum  Districts

  • 2004 Barren County
  • 2004 Crittenden County
  • 2004 Kenton County
  • 2004 Pike County
  • 2005 Fayette County
  • 2005 Magoffin County
  • 2006 Bourbon County
  • 2006 Covington Independent
  • 2006 Jackson County
  • 2006 Jefferson County
  • 2006 Shelby County
  • 2006 Taylor County
  • 2007 Meade County
  • 2007 Montgomery County
  • 2008 Ashland Independent
  • 2008 Newport Independent
  • 2008 Madison County-Titanium  District
  • 2009 Christian County
  • 2009 Danville Independent
  • 2009 Warren County
  • 2010 Fleming County
  • 2011 Lyon County
  • 2012 Fairview Independent


Regional Level Recognition

Is your school participating in the fall showcase? The showcase allows students from around the region to learn from each other. It also provides an opportunity for them to attend an event on a college campus. Research tells us that even that small exposure increases the probability that those students will attend college! STLP students that attend Regional Showcases are given certificates of participation.



State Level Recognition

State Championship Awards given at Rupp Arena annually are:

Ambassador award is given to an individual for his/her continual dedication to STLP at the local, district or state level.

Beth Henderson 120% Effort is given to STLP Coordinators that have shown extra effort with guiding the school STLP. This award is named for the late STLP Coordinator Beth Henderson of Christian County. Retaining Gold School projects are automatically nominated from emails that contain a favorite project.

Champion Award is given to a CIO/TRT who has assisted the school/district STLP. Schools nominate the person.

Friends of STLP
Schools may nominate a person(s), business or agency in the community that has supported STLP with can be in-kind support, technical advice, mentoring or other resources.

Gold School and District Award
Schools and district self-nominate for the Gold or Silver School Award and the Titanium or Platinum Districts will be recognized.

Hall of Fame in 2015
Every three years, the Hall of Fame will be given to an outstanding graduated STLP studentwho is a leader. The former STLP student has given continual support to STLP after graduating. The student excels in their chosen field or career. The first Hall of Fame was given in 2012.

Live Performance Competitions
Students scoring the top first and second place in Live Performances will be recognized at the awards program.

Lydia Wells Sledge MVP
The award is given by KIDS. The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to students using technology in the state of Kentucky. These contributions must demonstrate a professional commitment in advocating progress in providing technology opportunities for students. Lydia Wells Sledge was Director of the Office of Education Technology andwas an integral part of the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS)- part of the historic landmark Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). She was instrumental in developing STLP, setting a vision for instructional uses of the KETS system,and a mentor to many educators in education technology.

Outstanding Students
Outstanding students will be recognized. The criteria reflect the ISTE Student Standards. STLP Coordinators work with the student to collect and submit evidence.

Showcase Projects at State
The judged projects will be recognized: Best in Group, 7 Runners Up and the 3 Best in Kentucky.

STLP Finalist Products
First and second place finalists per category per grade level will be recognized on stage.

STLP Services
All service groups will be recognized on stage.

State Awards for STLP


National Recognition Awards

  • Woodford County High School,ThinkQuest International Award, 2012.
  • Charles Russell Elementary and Woodford County High School, ThinkQuest International Award, 2011
  • Elizabethtown High School, Robert F. Kennedy Contest.  2009
  • Johnson Elementray School, Ft. Thomas Independent, Be An Inventor, PSA National Competition sponsored by Ad Council, Sony and Discovery Education, $22,000 in software and lincenses, 2009
  • Mullins School, Pike County, Ten Star Award, video production: “My Story: Sgt. Dallas Samons, WWII Veteran”, 2009
  • South Floyd High School, Marvo Entertainment, Silver Communicator Award of Distinction, HorseSmarts: Essential Advice for Today’s Horse Owner, 2009.
  • Middletown Elementary School, Jefferson County, Brightside Fred Wiche Award, 2006
  • Edmonson County 5/6 Center, First Place Video, Child Fatality Review- ATV Safety
  • Tyner Elementary School, Jackson County, STLP Project, May/June Disabled American Veterans, 2006
  • Clays Mill Elementary School, Fayette County, Internet Safety Book, 2006
  • Two Rivers Middle School, Covington Independent, US Army’s ecybermission Award, 2006
  • Henry County High School, I Can, National Television Academy Award of Excellence May 2004
  • Holmes High School, Covington Independent, Channel ONE Award for Student Webmaster
  • Golden Web Award ,International Association of Web Masters and Designers, “High in the Sky Award” from CPSnet, Turkey Foot Middle School, Jim Hicks, Coordinator
  • Governor’s Youth Volunteerism Award Dec. 6, 2001 Weston and Upton STLP Elementaries in Hardin County, Joan Stith Coordinator


Magazine Articles and Publications


National Conferences

  • International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) 2012, San Diego, CA., STLP Best in Kentucky Showcases: Oakview Elementary School (Ashland Independent), Bazzell Middle School (Allen County), and Woodford County High School. These districts had STLP engineers invited to work the Drs In booth at ISTE:  Carroll, Carter, Christian, Floyd, Jessamine, Magoffin, Nelson, Powell, Pulaski, Shelby, and Todd.
  • International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) 2011, Philadelphia, PA., STLP Best in Kentucky Showcases: Millbrooke Elementary School (Christian County), Todd County Middle School, and Bryan Station High School (Fayette County). These districts had STLP engineers invited to work the Drs In booth at ISTE: Ashland Independent, Carroll, Christian, Floyd, Jessamine, Magoffin, Montgomery, Powell, Shelby, and Taylor.
  • International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) 2010, Denver, Colorado, STLP Best in Kentcuky Showcases: Pembroke Elementary School (Christian County), Bowling Middle School (Owen County),  and Belfry High School (Pike County). These districts had STLP engineers invited to work the Drs In booth at ISTE: Ashland Independent, Jessamine, Kenton,  Montgomery, Nelson, Ohio, and Powell.
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2009, Washington, DC, STLP Best in Kentucky Showcases: Western Elementary School, Scott County; Two Rivers Middle School, Covington Independent; Elizabethtown High School. These districts had STLP Engineers invited to work the Drs Is In Booth: Ashland Independent, Kenton, Metcalfe, Nelson, Ohio, Powell and Warren.
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2008, San Antonio, STLP Best In Kentucky Showcases: Pulaski County Elementary; Crittenden County Middle School; South Floyd County High School. These district had STLP Engineers  invited to work the Dr Is In Booth: Ashland, Christian, Carroll, Fleming, Metcalfe, Rowan, Shelby,  and Warren.
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2007, Atlanta, STLP Best In Kentucky Showcases: Kathryn Winn Primary School, Carroll County; Metcalfe County Schools; Elizabethtown High School. These district had STLP Engineers invited to work the Dr Is In Booth: Adair, Christian, Jessamine, Mason, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Rowan, and Shelby.
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2006, San Diego, STLP Best In Kentucky Showcases: Mt. Sterling Elementary, Montgomery County; Carr Creek Elementary, Knott County; and Apollo High School, Daviess County.
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2004, New Orleans, Taylor County STLP, Student Showcase
  • National School Board Association Conference (NSBA) 2002 Dallas TX , Apollo High School STLP, Cheryl Purdy
  • Exploring the Future of Learning (EFL), 2002, ThinkQuest Event, STLP Cyber-Reporter Model
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2002, San Antonio, Texas, Taylor County STLP Students
  • 2002 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), STLP Engineers and Cyber-Reporters, Louisville, Ky May 2002
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2001 , Chicago, Illinois, Jessamine County STLP Students
  • National School Boards Association (KSBA) 2001, Barren County STL
  • National School Boards Association (KSBA) 2000, Jessamine County STLP
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 2000, Atlanta, Georgia
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA) 1999, Dallas, Texas, Breckenridge County High School STLP
  • National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) 1998 , Barren County STLP, Benny Lile