Lisa Velmer Nielsen
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  • New York, NY
  • United States
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Personal Interests and Passions
Passion Driven Learning
Alternatives to Traditional Public School
Helping Parents Opt Children Out of Standardized Tests
Authentic (not artificial) Assessment
Real (not artificial) Work in School
Personal Success Plans
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Subject(s) I Teach or Learning Interest Area
I work with students, teachers, and leaders to innovate learning, teaching, and leading in all areas.
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Lisa Nielsen is an educational administrator and permanently certified teacher with more than a decade's worth of experience working in educational innovation at the city, state, and national level. Working as an innovative educator in New York City, Ms. Nielsen was honored as Teacher of the Year and was her district's nominee for Technology Educator of the year. Ms. Nielsen has worked in various capacities in educational innovation at the NYC Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University including as manager of instructional technology professional development, literacy coach, instructional technology coach, teacher, librarian, and staff developer. She currently serves as Technology Innovation Manager for the NYC Department of Education. Ms. Nielsen is a Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and creator of The Innovative Educator blog, website, learning network, and wiki. In addition to her blog (, her work is published in “Learning and Leading,” and “Tech & Learning,” magazine as well as the following online media Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, Ed Reformer, and The Huffington Post.
An outspoken and passionate advocate of innovative education Ms. Nielsen is also covered by local and national media for her views on "Passion (not data) Driven Learning," "Thinking Outside the Ban" and determining ways to harness the power of technology for instruction and providing a voice to educators and students. Her first book “Teaching Generation Text” is set for a fall 2011 release.

Lisa Nielsen, best known as creator of The Innovative Educator blog, is an outspoken and passionate advocate of learning innovatively. She is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning. Ms. Nielsen speaks with audiences around the world sharing real-life anecdotes about the risk-taking actions she feels are necessary to do what is in the best interest of 21st century students despite the protests of educational administrators and policy makers stuck in the past. Passionate about educator voice and thinking outside the ban Ms. Nielsen blogs, promotes cell phone use for educators and students, and friends students on Facebook even though an outdated educational system tried to stop her from moving ahead. She has already seen her efforts begin to pay off as her district has taken baby steps in breaking free from the old way of doing things and is moving toward embracing innovation and recognizing that some of these ideas are not so bad after all.

Based in New York City, Lisa Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities helping schools and districts to educate in innovative ways that will prepare students for their future. In addition to her blog, Ms. Nielsen writes for Huffington Post, EdReformer, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, Leading & Learning, and is the author of the soon- to-be-released book, “Teaching Generation Text.”

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