Dale Toney, Marion County Manufacturing Teacher wins the Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards

In July, The Henry Ford and Litton Entertainment announced the winners for The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. The awards recognize the educators who are using the classroom to inspire innovation, creativity, the problem-solving and critical thinking among their students.

Ten teachers were named Grand Prize winners another ten were first place winners. Bruce (Dale) Toney, Advanced Manufacturing teacher in Ocala was a Grand Prize Winner and the only Florida teacher among the 20 awardees.  In 2017, Dale Toney was also named the FLATE’s Secondary Manufacturing Educator of the Year.  Congratulations to Dale.

The winners were selected by judges, including Innovation Nation co-host Albert Lawrence, who chose teachers who demonstrated the habits of an innovator. Teachers who inspired their students to challenge the rules and take risks, who demonstrated how to be collaborative and empathetic, and taught the value of learning from failure and staying curious.

Grand prize winners attended a week-long "Innovation Immersion Experience" at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich., July 29th – August 2, 2018. The experience included roundtrip airfare, accommodations, behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archivists, a teaching innovation workshop and a special recognition ceremony. First place winners will receive an innovation teaching kit that includes The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Season Two DVD set, merchandise from The Henry Ford and more.
Dale Toney’s journey in education began 33 years ago in North Carolina in a vocational program in a small middle school. In Florida, he focused his career working in high school technology education programs. Currently, Dale works at Belleview High School as Instructor for the Robotics, Automation and Design program and is the immediate past president of the Florida Association for Industrial and Technical Educators (FAITE), a non-profit professional organization that works collectively toward the advancement and enhancement of technical and industrial education throughout Florida. Dale, together with the Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE) and FLATE, have worked hard in multiple conferences and workshops to facilitate professional development to career and technical educators, counselors, and administrators in Florida. As an educator, Dale continues his effort to create high school programs that help secondary students pass the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council CPT certification test and CSWA Solidworks certification. He also works with the Skills USA as an advisor preparing students for leadership and skills competitions.
Dale hard work and dedication has been also recognized by FLATE by receiving the Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year 2013.

You can read more about The Henry Ford and Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, on their website thehenryford.org and the more about Litton Entertainment at http://www.litton.tv.  To learn more about the FLATE Manufacturing Educator Awards visit http://fl-ate.org/programs/flate-awards/ or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger (barger@fl-ate.org).

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