Just as Johannes Gutenberg’s movable-type printing press impacted the global spread of information, the Internet is uniquely positioned to move beyond distribution of knowledge but rather contribution and collaboration from all levels of society. However, so many of today’s technology use seems to merely digitize existing classroom practices rather than facilitate transformative ones. To move beyond digitized worksheets and $1,000 pencils, schools need to adopt a change process model by treating the pedagogical shift to fully leverage a 1:1 environment to empower the learner as an “epidemic” as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point.
It is my passion to work with schools and empower educators to provide students, particularly those from underserved populations, with the 21st century skills (.pdf) and knowledge to be successful in the college or career of their choice. To achieve this, I believe good teaching and learning that empower the learner and leverage technology can provide these opportunities.
In my role as the Special Assistant for Technology with the Newark Public Schools, I work in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction to provide leadership with a special focus on the design and management of strategic initiatives related to instructional technology programs. Previously, I was the Director of Information Technology for the Passaic City Public School District (@passaicschools) where I initiated, led, and assembled a team in implementing a large-scale 1:1 Chromebook initiative to 4,800 students solely focused on teaching and learning. We authored Professional Development materials on what a “1:1 Teacher needs to know” and provided over 7,000 hours of PD to over 150 teachers. To support the educational needs, we leveraged E-Rate funds to overhaul the district-wide network including ubiquitous WiFi high speed access to support a high-density environment in the middle and high school.
From 2000-2005, I worked for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at Stevens Institute of Technology as the Manager of Professional Development where I directed and authored professional development programs for K-16 teachers, administrators, and faculty and assisted teachers in the use and integration of educational technology. In this capacity, I led a one and a half year technology integration pilot project in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, taught in the elementary school, and served over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer training teachers and developing curriculum in the Dominican Republic.
I’ve also been interviewed by Forbes, ZDNet, and was featured on the cover of the Summer Ed Tech Magazine for a story about “How Do Districts Decide Which One-to-One Device to Deploy?” and keynoted several conference including the District Administration Superintendent Summit, a Chromebook Symposium (.doc), and at the University of Mainz in Germany.
Education: I’ve earned a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s in Psychology, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Articles I’ve written or where I’ve been quoted or interviewed:
- K-12TechDecisions.com (October 1, 2013) Tech Chat: How to Measure the Success of a 1:1 Initiative
- ZDNet (August 20, 2013): Take a Chromebook instead of an Apple to your Teacher with examples of why districts and schools are selecting Chromebooks over other devices.
- K-12TechDecisions.com (August 16, 2013): Professional Development Plays a Key Role in 1:1—Passaic Schools Share Tips for Success describing our phase-in and “Year Zero” model for long-term, sustainable success to avoid the $1,000 pencil trap.
- Ed Tech Magazine (Summer 2013): How Do Districts Decide Which One-to-One Device to Deploy? describing how officials in Missouri, New Jersey and Arizona districts detail the functionality and cost considerations that influenced their decision-making
- Jackson Sun (June 30, 2013): Weighing options: 1:1 initiatives give electronic device to every student, teacher in a school system
- TeacherCast podcast (May 8, 2013): How to Create a 1:1 Program in your School District | TeacherCast Podcast #89
- K-12TechDecisions.com (May 7, 2013): Passaic School District Goes 1-1 and Launches Impressive Tech Overhaul
- Forbes.com (March 21, 2013): Google In Education: Chromebooks A ‘Right Time Technology’ For Passaic, New Jersey School District
- T.H.E. Journal (March 13, 2013): New Jersey District Launches 1:1 Deployment with 5,000 Laptops