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Michael Niehoff

Michael Niehoff is currently a Career Technical Education Manager 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. Michael as well as his students, programs and school sites, have been recognized by Apple, Google, CUE, NASSP, NOD, AMAE, CLHS, CSBA, CVCUE, CADA, JEA and many others. He is the founding principal of the award-winning, 1:1, project-based Minarets High School/Minarets Charter High School that opened in 2008. He is also a staff writer for Getting Smart, as well as a contributing writer for ISTE, Next Gen Learning, P21 eSchool News, Educational Technology & Mobile Learning, USC Rossier Online, Grey Ed Solutions, Ed Social Media 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 focused 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. He is a past CUE & CVCUE Site Leader of the Year, as well as an ACSA Region IX Secondary Principal of the Year. Follow him on Twitter @mwniehoff.

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