The Henderson Prize was created by the NMC in honor of Don Henderson to recognize those who have displayed exemplary ongoing passion for teaching, learning, and innovation. Don Henderson is the NMC’s longest serving board member, and his creativity, curiosity, compassion, and deep commitment to education have been evident throughout his service to the NMC, and reflects the values that the Henderson Prize rewards.

As his colleague, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Frakes noted, “Don brings incredible intelligence, energy and zest along with total curiosity and openness to everything he does.”

Congratulations to the 2017 Henderson Prize winner, Diane Reddy!

Diane M. Reddy, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is an innovator in higher education who has worked to increase success for all students. She developed with UWM Psychology Professor Ray Fleming the technology-enabled U-Pace instructional approach that has produced student success across disciplines and institutions. With support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Diane established with Tanya Joosten, UWM eLearning Research and Development Director, the National Research Center on Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA). Through research identifying effective learning practices and technologies, the DETA Research Center is increasing access and success in higher education. Diane’s commitment to advancing evidence-based practices is also reflected in the funding she secured from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to conduct a randomized controlled trial of U-Pace instruction, and from EDUCAUSE’s Next Generation Learning Challenges program to conduct a cross-institutional study of U-Pace instruction, and to disseminate this online instructional model. EDUCAUSE Review update on U-Pace instruction can be found here. “I feel incredibly honored to be the recipient of the NMC Henderson Prize. Thank you for recognizing my work with this prestigious award!” said Reddy. “I also wish to express my gratitude to New Media Consortium for its leadership in educational technology, and to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the support for innovation I have received, and the many students who have enriched my academic life.”

Congratulations to the 2015 Henderson Prize winner, Jonathan Nalder!

S1ZUceScHailing from Australia, Nalder is a Senior Education Consultant of Digital Learning for TAFE Queensland and the founder of JNXYZ Education, a strategic planning and consultancy firm for K-12 schools. He is also the author of The iPad is Not a PC, an e-book about app workflows and a co-founder of E20, an education discussion startup. Throughout his 20+ year career, Nalder has advocated for the use of progressive methods and technologies to enrich education; he is passionate about citizen science, Challenge Based Learning, and the SAMR learning model, among others. Nalder is also an NMC K-12 Ambassador and an esteemed member of the NMC Community, well known for his commitment to creativity and innovation.

“Recognition by just about the best education community I know has blown me away,” said Nalder. “I’m just a teacher willing to try new things, and NMC has reiterated their support for people like me and for the innovative spirit of their whole community with this award.”

Congratulations to the 2013 Henderson Prize winner, Cheryl Steighner!

Steighner is an elementary school teacher at Camelot Elementary of Federal Way Public Schools. Her career as a teacher and literacy tutor has taken her from Texas to Washington State, where she is currently a second and third grade teacher in a highly capable classroom. She is an NMC K-12 Ambassador and a founding organizer of EdCamp Puget Sound. Steighner is also a Google Apps for Education Qualified Individual and member of ISTE and NCCE.  She holds a M. Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Seattle Pacific University, a Bachelor of Music with Business Studies from The University of Puget Sound, and is a proud AmeriCorps Alum. Additionally, she is the author of Classroom Quests, a blog highlighting her adventures in teaching.

“Cheryl embodies the meaning of an Ambassador, with her students and the New Media Consortium,” said NMC Senior Director of Program Development, Holly Ludgate. “Everyday Cheryl strives to engage, inspire, and positively change her students and fellow educators. She is an inspiration to us all.”

Steighner received the Henderson Prize by competing in the NMC K-12 Ambassador Forum at the 2013 NMC Summer Conference, where the Ambassadors all presented their solutions to education’s most wicked problems.

“I often don’t have a voice in the big global picture, so to have this recognition …is an incredible experience and I can’t wait to go back and share this with my students,” said Steighner.

We will be following up with Steighner later this fall to see how winning the Henderson Prize has continued to impact her and her students.

In the meantime, watch Steigner’s prize-winning (and inspiring!) presentation:


Past Honorable Mentions: 

2017 Lisa Gustinelli

2017 Emily Wray

2017 David Deeds

2017 Helen Farley

2017 Kim Flintoff

2017 Nancy Lombardo

2017 Marta Florkiewicz-Borkowska

2017 Tom Mackey

2017 Michelle Pacansky-Brock

2017 Gilly Salmon

2017 Ernesto Pacheco-Velázquez

2017 Barbara Truman