A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu

One of the biggest pieces in the College and Career readiness puzzle for the past decade has been the working knowledge of applied technology. Over the past twenty years technology has been embedded into almost every aspect of our lives. For students to be prepared for lives outside of school they should be relatively comfortable with the technology of the time.

As districts began to understand the importance of technology access slowly began to trickle into the educational environment. What began as computers in a lab setting quickly transitioned to computers for each teacher, to mini labs within classrooms, to mobile computer labs, and now to the introduction of handheld and 1-1 computing. Who would have thought people would become so reliant on digital tools, especially in the academic setting.

So with all the access to technology how could districts measure how effectively their money was being spent. Placing computers onto a desktop was only half the battle. In fact, this is where strategic integration became so important. Successful districts have found that there are two stages of integration. The first is placing the technology in the hands of the users, the second is training the users how to use the hardware and software effectively. In both the business and educational setting the second stage should always supersede and drive the first. Without strategic design (understanding the needs of the endusers) and knowledge of hardware, software and programs you are purchasing technology without purpose and wasting money. As Lao Tzu suggests our goal should always be to make systematic change as seamless as possible. Because technology changes so rapidly integration needs to continue to continue to protect the investment. In other words, in the world of Tech nothing is ever final.

The integration role has truly evolved and will continue to be molded and shaped by the needs of students, staff and district. Continuing to provide our users with the best technical program possible is necessary to protect the investment in technology and to continue to provide our students with experiences needed beyond the classroom. Over the years my knowledge and expertise has lead our district to numerous awards including one of the highest recognitions in the field of educational technology, ISTE's Making It Happen Award.

Professional Experiences:

  • New York State Department of Education's Educational Technology Advisory Committee - Present
  • New York State Department of Education Technology Literacy Sub Committee - Present
  • New York State Senate Online Learning Advisory Council - Present
  • New York State United Teachers Instructional Technology Committee Chair - Present
  • American Federation of Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Tribeca Film Institute’s Speak Truth To Power National Video Contest Facilitator, 2013-Present
  • New York State United Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and Tribeca Film Institute’s Speak Truth To Power NYS Video Contest Facilitator, 2011-2012
  • American Federation of Teachers Social Studies Committee Member, 2013 – Present
  • American Federation of Teachers Civic Voices: International Democracy Memory Bank Fellow, 2009 – Present
  • Our Place in Space Digital Playground & Exhibit, NYSCATE 2013
  • New York State United Teachers Technology Committee, 2011-2014
  • Digital School District National Webinar (April 2012)
  • American Federation of Teachers Civic Voices Website Designer (Dec. 2011)
  • American Federation of Teachers Civic Voices for Peace Website Designer (July 2011)
  • American Federation of Teachers Delegate, Education International's World Congress - South Africa (July 2011)
  • American Federation of Teachers Civics Voices Fellowship - Birmingham, AL (January 2011)
  • The Digital Education Leadership Conversation – Boston, MA (December 2012)
  • The Digital Education Leadership Conversation – Santa Fe, NM (December 2011)
  • The Digital Education Leadership Conversation - New Orleans, LA (December 2010)
  • Robert F. Kennedy Gala – New York City (Nov. 2010, Nov. 2011, Dec. 2012, Dec. 2013)
  • American Federation of Teachers Technology Consultant – Washington DC (September 2010)
  • Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Curriculum Writing - Washington DC/Albany NY (August 2010)
  • C-SPAN’s Summer Educators’ Conference (July 2009)
  • NYSCATE Presenter (November 2000-2013)
  • National School Boards Annual Conference Presenter (April 2012)
  • Attica Central School Presenter (May 2010)
  • DIGITAL WAVE Presenter (May 2010-2014)
  • West Valley Central Schools Keynote Presenter (March 2010)
  • Digital Districts Overview: Secrets to Success Webinar (December 2010)
  • Law, Youth and Citizens Conference Presentation (October 2010)
  • New York State Council for the Social Studies Conference Presentation (March 2011)
  • eTech Ohio Technology Conference Presentation (January 2005)
  • PETE&C Technology Conference Presentation (February 2006)
  • NYSCATE (The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education) Volunteer of the Year Award, 2016
  • Center for Digital Education, Digital Content and Curriculum Award, 2013
  • e.Republic National School Boards and Center for Digital Education, Digital School Districts Survey – 1st Place National Winner Small Schools Division, 2012
  • e.Republic National School Boards and Center for Digital Education, Digital School Districts Survey – 2nd Place National Winner Small Schools Division, 2010
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Making it Happen Award - NYSCATE (November 2010)
  • Digital School District Award Winner (September 2010)
  • Business First School Innovation Award – Stratosphere Balloon Project (2010)
  • Business First School Innovation Award – Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (2010)
  • New York State Public Relations Association – Achievement in Educational Communications Award of Honor for District Website (2009)
  • The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission – Lincoln Legacy Award (2009)
  • Junior National Young Leaders Award (2009)
  • Cable’s Leader in Leadership Award – Finalist (2009)
  • Francois Manchuelle Award for Teaching African Studies (2009)
  • Chase “Multimedia in the Classroom” Award (2008)
  • New York State Senate Online Learning Advisory Council - Member
    • New York State Department of Education
  • New York State Department of Education's Educational Technology Advisory Committee
    • Collective Group of District Superintendents K-12 and Higher Education Educators
  • National Speak Up Sing Out Student Songwriter Contest
    • Robert F. Kennedy Center and Grammys
  • National Speak Truth to Power Student Video Contest
    • Robert F. Kennedy Center and American Federation of Teachers, Washington DC
  • NYS Everyone Has Rights Elementary PSA Contest
    • Robert F. Kennedy Center and New York State United Teachers
  • European Speak Truth to Power Video Contest
    • Robert F. Kennedy Center and RFK Europe (Sweden and Italy)
  • Exploration NYSCATE - STEAM Exhibit
  • Civic Voices - International Democracy Project
    • American Federation of Teachers & US Department of Education
  • Civic Voices for Peace - International Democracy Project
    • American Federation of Teachers & US Department of Education

New York State Senate Online Learning Advisory Council (2017-Present)

Committee Member

The advisory council works with the state education department to promote strategies for successful implementation of technology into the educational program of schools and universities in New York Sate.

Online Learning Advisory Council (2015-2016)

Rural Schools Representative

Online and blended learning courses have the potential to dramatically improve educational opportunities for students throughout New York State, and a report issued by the Online Learning Advisory Council provides recommendations to improve the availability of these learning systems. The report can be downloaded at NY OLAC Report.

Ripple of Hope Gala (Fall 2015)

A photo and warm chat with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ka Hsaw Wa, Co-founder and Executive Director of EarthRights International. The Ripple of Hope Gala raises money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

National Speak Truth To Power Video Contest (2015-2016)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

The National Speak Truth to Power video contest has officially begun. The video contest is again open to students in grade 6-12 throughout the United States. The contest is sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center, Tribeca Film Institute, and the National Council for the Social Studies. I am one of the contest designers/facilitators and also designed the website. Check it out online at www.speaktruthvideo.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

National Speak Up Sing Out Music Competition (2015-2016)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

The Speak Truth To Power student music competition encourages middle and high school students to become engaged in human rights. The contest is sponsored by the GrammyMuseum and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and is based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power. Learn More at http://www.speakupsingout.org

STEAM EXHIBIT NYSCATE 2015

In addition to a 3D printer, Dash and Dot programmable robots and some coding apps and site we also displayed our very own Augmented Reality Sandbox with realtime topographic contour line generation using a Microsoft Kinect, projector, and a few lines of code.

NYC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY 2015

Each years during election day the city of New York opens itself up to a variety of professional development opportunities for their educational staff. This year I was invited to an amazing building in lower Manhattan - National Smithsonian & Archives Building. This day long PD on RFK Human Rights was well attended and received.

National Speak Up Sing Out Music Competition (2015-2016)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

The Speak Truth To Power student music competition encourages middle and high school students to become engaged in human rights. The contest is sponsored by the GrammyMuseum and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and is based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power. Learn More at http://www.speakupsingout.org

NYS Everyone Has Rights Elementary Video Contest (2015-2016)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

Everyone Has Rights is a student video competition that encourages elementary school students to become engaged in human rights. The contest is sponsored by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center). Check it out online atwww.everyonehasrignts.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Springville-Griffith Summer STEAM CAMP

Open to incoming Freshman the SGI STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) CAMP is designed to teach students creative problem solving skills, critical thinking, engineering and physics through hands-on technology and art activities. If you are a student who loves to be challenged STEAM camp is just for you! From programming, to Lego robotics, to building a hovercraft you can actually ride the weeklong camp is sure to be an exciting time.

Help Bring Back Our Girls (June 2014) Web designer and Strategist for American Federation of Teachers

Over the last few months more than 300 teenage girls have been kidnapped out of their schools by terrorists in the northern part of Nigeria, simply for having the courage to attend school. The world is now desperate for news of their whereabouts and prays for their safe return to their homes and families. We would like you to join us in this global call for these girls to be released and returned to their families and communities. Classrooms throughout the country are documenting their support with a photo a poster message on a sign board, black board or white board.

Learn More at http://helpbringbackourgirls.com

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History - (National Webinar Guest Speaker & National Rollout Strategist)

The result of a three year state-led collaborative effort, the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards was developed to serve two audiences: for states to upgrade their state social studies standards and for practitioners — local school districts, schools, teachers and curriculum writers — to strengthen their social studies programs. Its objectives are to: a) enhance the rigor of the social studies disciplines; b) build critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens; and c) align academic programs to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies.

NYS Everyone Has Rights Elementary Video Contest (May 2014)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

Everyone Has Rights is a student video competition that encourages elementary school students to become engaged in human rights. The contest is sponsored by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center). Check it out online at www.everyonehasrignts.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

And Action! Directing Documentaries in the Social Studies Classroom - (PUBLISHED IN A BOOK)

This book provides social studies educators with the background knowledge, conceptual understanding, and tools necessary to design and facilitate classroom documentary projects in the K-12 social studies classroom. The authors have spent more than ten years in classrooms working collaboratively with teachers to design and research classroom documentary projects. Recognizing the challenges of this kind of work, the authors partnered with filmmakers, historians, educational technologists, and classroom teachers with experience in leading documentary projects to refine a production process that more closely mirrors the work of filmmakers. (NOW ON AMAZON!)

Our Place in SpaceDigital Playground & Exhibit - NYSCATE 2013

Meant to provide a variety of ways districts can enhance instruction through hands on space related experiences. Each activity was scalable allowing teachers the ability to integrate the activity into a small group or create a large scale school, district or community event. Check out our website at http://nyscatespacecamp.weebly.com.

National Speak Truth To Power Video Contest (September 2013)

Coordinator of Speak Truth To Power Contests

I am happy to announce that the 2014-2015 Speak Truth to Power video contest has officially begun. The video contest is again open to students in grade 6-12 throughout the United States. The contest is sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center, Tribeca Film Institute, and the NYS Council for the Social Studies. I am one of the contest designers/facilitators and also designed the website. Check it out online at www.speaktruthvideo.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Speak Truth To Power Teacher Trainings (Fall 2013)

To assist teachers with the film competition the STTP Coordinators trained a few hundred teachers throughout the nation (LA, NYC, Pittsburg, Chicago, Toledo, Buffalo, Baltimore and Long Island). Accompanied by a Tribeca Film Institute Teaching Fellow participants learned both about the RFK human rights defenders and how to successfully produce quality films in the classroom.

Tribeca Film Festival - New York City (April 2014)

Attended the Tribeca Film Festival to see the work of our grand prize Speak Truth To Power Video Contest. The grand prize winner this year was on Domestic Violence by a seventh grader from South East Middle School - South Gate, CA (LA).

National Speak Truth To Power Video Contest (September 2013)

I am happy to announce that the 2013-2014 Speak Truth to Power video contest has officially begun. The video contest is again open to students in grade 6-12 throughout the United States. The contest is sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center, Tribeca Film Institute, and the NYS Council for the Social Studies. I am one of the contest designers/facilitators and also designed the website. Check it out online atwww.speaktruthvideo.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Ripple of Hope Gala (Fall 2013)

A photo and warm chat with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Mohammed Yunus. The Ripple of Hope Gala raises money for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

DemocracyWeb.com - Washington DC (July 2013)

(Website Consultant)

Democracy Web is composed of an interactive world map and an online study guide developed by the Albert Shanker Institute and Freedom House for use by teachers, professors, and their upper secondary- and lower college-level students. The study guide and map offer an overview of the basic architecture of democracy, give historical background information, and provide a framework for comparing the state of political rights and civil liberties in different countries around the world. Through this comparative studies format, students are challenged to think critically about the reasons for the ebb and flow of democracy in different regions and different eras. Learn More at http://www.democracyweb.org

AFT TEACH Conference - Washington DC (July 2013)

While at AFT TEACH I will have the opportunity to share out the 2013 Speak Truth To Power National Video Contest with fellow participants throughout the US.

Speak Truth To Power Video Contest (September 2012)

I am happy to announce that the 2012-2013 Speak Truth to Power video contest has officially begun. The video contest is again open to students in grade 6-12 throughout the United States. The contest is sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Robert F. Kennedy Center, Tribeca Film Institute, and the NYS Council for the Social Studies. I am one of the contest designers/facilitators and also designed the website. Check it out online atwww.speaktruthvideo.com. Grand Prize Winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Digital Content & Curriculum Award - San Antonio, TX (June 2013)

Springville-Griffith Institute was recently honored by the Center for Digital Education in their inaugural Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards. Of the six hundred submissions, Springville-GI was selected for our creative use of instructional technology and digital curriculum to enhance the educational experience of our students. Placing technology in the hands of students and teachers in order to make them producers of content rather than consumers has placed SG-I once again on the national platform for technical innovation, infrastructure, design, and application.

Tribeca Film Festival - New York City (April 2013)

Attended the Tribeca Film Festival to see the work of our grand prize Speak Truth To Power Video Contest. The grand prize winner this year was on Juliana Dogbadzi by The Young Women's Leadership School in Brooklyn. The success of the competition has allowed us to take it national next year via the American Federation of Teachers.

Coffee With A Geek - Springville (December 2012)

I take a small black coffee with two scoops of technosugar... I had the opportunity to be interviewed by fellow Tech Guru, Andrew Wheelock of Erie1 BOCES. Andy runs a blog/podcast site that highlights technology innovators throughout the world. I was honored to be selected by Andy to share the amazing things our students & teachers do in Springville.

DELC - Boston, MA(October 2012)

The Digital Education Leadership Conversation (DELC) is a unique education event that unites chief information officers, chief technology officers, state and municipal education executives, policy makers and senior IT industry executives from around the country. Attendees meet with their like-minded peers and focus on the key questions and most significant issues facing K-12 technology executives today.

NYS Middle School Conference - Buffalo (October 2012)

I had the opportunity to manage a booth at this event as well as co-presented on Teaching Students To Speak Truth To Power. The conference was well designed and very informative. I would recommend this conference to MS teachers.

AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention (August 2012)

I participated in the 32nd Constitutional Convention as a delegate with the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) in New York City. This was an amazing experience and opened my eyes as to how the AFL-CIO selects/supports local, state, and federal officials. Amazing Opportunity!!!

Civic Voices -Writers Workshop (July 2012)

Spent a week in Washington connecting the Civic Voices project to the Common Core learning standards and assisting in the continuation of the project. A teacher's guide will be published in the coming months and I will be assisting AFT in the redesign of the CivicVoices.org website.

Digital School Districts National Webinar (May 2012)

Each year, the Center for Digital Education, in partnership with the National School Boards Association, invites all U.S. public school districts to participate in its annual Digital School Districts Survey.

This survey recognizes districts and school boards that are making exemplary use of technology to provide better communication, to support student learning and to track district results.

This webinar features some of the ranked winners of the 2011-2012 Digital School Districts Survey. Each presenter shares how their district is utilizing technology to more effectively serve students, educators and the community.

Featured Speaker: Benjamin Higgins

Civic Voices Presentation (May 2012)

Traveled to Washington DC to take part in a presentation on a project I am involved called Civic Voices. I spoke right before AFT President Randi Weingarten and US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (pictured to the right). Learn More

Tribeca Film Festival (April 2012)

Attended the Tribeca Film Festival to see the work of our grand prize Speak Truth To Power Video Contest. The experience was AMAZING and I am looking forward to next year. Kerry Kennedy even recognized Joe and I for our dedication to Human Rights and work on the project.

Digital School Districts Survey - 1st Place (March 2012)

Top-ranked school districts have been announced in the eighth annual Digital School Districts Survey by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and convergemag.com. The survey showcases exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations.

Ranked #1 for Small Schools (under 3,000 students)

2012 - Speak Truth To Power Video Contest (March 2012)

New York State Video Contest Grades 6-12

My colleague Joe Karb and I designed and administered a state-wide video contest in partnership with New York State United Teachers, Tribeca Film Festival and the Robert F. Kennedy Center. Over 100 submission came in from across New York State. The grand prize winner will be shown at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. speaktruthvideo.com

NYSCATE 2011 - Presentation #2 (November 2011)

Sharing our Success - Create a Winning Website

Using the criteria from the application for Center for Digital Technology's survey, district will have an understanding of how to utilize their district and teacher websites as models for communication and learning with Boards of Education, students, teachers, parents and the 21st century community.

NYSSBA's 2011 Conference - Buffalo, NY (October 2011)

I will be representing my school district with a booth at the 92nd Annual New York State School Boards Association conference in Buffalo. The booth with exhibit the amazing technology developed projects from Springville-Griffith Institute.

DELC - Albuquerque, NM (October 2011)

The Digital Education Leadership Conversation (DELC) is a unique education event that unites chief information officers, chief technology officers, state and municipal education executives, policy makers and senior IT industry executives from around the country. Attendees meet with their like-minded peers and focus on the key questions and most significant issues facing K-12 technology executives today. I have been awarded a full scholarship to attend the conference.

US Department of Education - Washington, DC (August 2011)

These materials were developed by federal grantees and agencies in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. The materials are provided as a convenience for teachers and others seeking resources for teaching about September 11. The website I built for the American Federation of Teachers is listed within the site.

Civic Voices Fellowship - Washington, DC (August 2011)

Each of the partner countries for Civic Voices has designated one teacher to participate in an international writing workshop to be held in and around Washington, DC. I am looking forward to meeting and working with people from our participating countries throughout the world.

Civic Voices Fellowship - Cape Town and Durban, South Africa (July 2011)

I will be working with a few schools in South Africa on Civic Voices an International Democracy Memory Bank Project. My role will be training South African teachers and students how to conduct interviews for the international web resource.

Education International's World Congress - Cape Town, South Africa (July 2011)

The World Congress, held every four years, is the supreme governing body of Education International.

The Congress provides an opportunity for representatives of all EI affiliates to meet and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between teachers and education workers throughout the world. Delegates consider the major contemporary issues affecting their organisations, the international teacher trade union movement, and the ongoing struggle to achieve quality public education for all. (AFT Delegate, Civic Voices Fellow)

Civic Voices - Voices for Peace - Washington, DC (June 2011)

Worked with the international affairs division of AFT (American Federation of Teachers) on a project for the United States Department of Education. Civic Voices for Peace was created as a teaching resource for the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2001. The site will be share by the Depeartment of Education with schools throughout the country. (I created the website.)

Speak Truth To Power Video Competition - Albany, NY (June 2011)

Worked with NYSUT (New York State United Teachers) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center on a state-wide video competition that will roll out in September of 2011. The competition invites students from throughout New York State to create a 3-6 minute documentary on a RFK center Laureate. The grand prize winner will have their video played at the 2012 Tribecca Film Festival in NYC.

Attica Central School Staff Day - Attica, NY (May 2011)

Survival Skills that Motivate the Net Generation

Tony Wagner's latest book the Global Achievement Gap has changed the philosophy of how the Springville-Griffith Institute CSD utilizes technology in the classroom. This presentation highlights some of the amazing ways we are teaching critical thinking, creativity, and effective communication skills that will open the doors for our students to adapt to the jobs of the future.

Digital Wave Conference Presentation - Buffalo, NY (May 2011)

Survival Skills that Motivate the Net Generation

Tony Wagner's latest book the Global Achievement Gap has changed the philosophy of how the Springville-Griffith Institute CSD utilizes technology in the classroom. This presentation highlights some of the amazing ways we are teaching critical thinking, creativity, and effective communication skills that will open the doors for our students to adapt to the jobs of the future.

Civics Voices Fellowship - Birmingham, AL (January 2011)

I spent this past Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday weekend in Birmingham with the Civic Voices Democracy project. Throughout the weekend I had the great fortune of hearing firsthand accounts of the Civil Rights Movement, visiting Rev. Shuttlesworth's Bethal Baptist Church, viewing the National Civil Rights Museum, and taking part in the annual Freedom March which lead us into a service at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church.

The Digital Education Leadership Conversation - New Orleans, LA (December 2011)

The Digital Education Leadership Conversation (DELC) is a unique education event that unites chief information officers, chief technology officers, state and municipal education executives, policy makers and senior IT industry executives from around the country. Attendees meet with their like-minded peers and focus on the key questions and most significant issues facing K-12 technology executives today.

Making it Happen Award - NYSCATE (November 2011)

"Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation." ~ www.ISTE.org

To my surprise I was honored with this award at the 2010 NYSCATE conference. Though I was singled out I believe I need to share this award with our wonderful students, colleagues, administrators and staff of S-GI who are truly the ones that "make it happen" every day. It is a pleasure/honor to work with you!

NYSCATE 2010 - Presentation #1 (November 2010)

Survival Skills that Motivate the Net Generation

Tony Wagner's latest book the Global Achievement Gap has changed the philosophy of how the Springville-Griffith Institute CSD utilizes technology in the classroom. This presentation highlights some of the amazing ways we are teaching critical thinking, creativity, and effective communication skills that will open the doors for our students to adapt to the jobs of the future.

NYSCATE 2010 - Presentation #2 (November 2010)

Using C-SPAN in the Classroom

C-SPAN is an outstanding resource for teaching civics. This presentation will highlight various ways of using C-SPAN in the classroom including the StudentCam contest, C-SPAN Classroom Website, C-SPAN video library, debate activities, and simulations. A representative from the Washington C-SPAN office will join the presentation through live video conferencing.

Speak Truth To Power - Crown Heights, NYC (November 2011)

Award-winning defenders of human rights from around world spent their morning sharing their stories with students of The School of Public Service. This was a kickoff to a new human rights curriculum on social justice and human rights prepared by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and New York State United Teachers.

Robert F. Kennedy Gala - New York City (November 2011)

Guest at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights will hold its annual fundraising gala on November 18th, 2009, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, NYC.

Ethel Kennedy

Stratosphere Balloon Project - Springville, NY (November 2011)

Springville Middle School launched two capsules into the stratosphere on Friday, November 12th at 9:45 am. The first capsule was located near Birdsall, NY. The other is currently MIA somewhere in the Dansville, NY region.

Visit the 2010 Launch Website

Speak Truth To Power - Washington DC/Albany NY

Worked with NYSUT and the RFK Center on the Speak Truth to Power education curriculum that introduces general human rights issues through the stories of some remarkable people working in the field, and urges students to become personally involved in the protection of human rights.

Civic Voices - Washington DC (September 2011)

Technical consultant for the joint effort of two international civic education projects: Civics Mosaic and the Democracy Memory Bank. The United States Department of Education funds both projects under the Education for Democracy Act approved by the United States Congress. The United States Department of State cooperates in the work of these projects.

Digital Districts Overview: Secrets to Success

Featured speaker for the 2010 Digital School Districts Survey Winners Webinar. While it was not my best performance the message was pretty clear. (Script Reading is not my specialty)

Digital School District Award Winner

Placed 2nd in nation for small schools (less than 2,500 students). The survey recognizes exemplar school boards and districts’ use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and the community and to improve district operations. The award was conducted by Center for Digital Education, Converge Magazine, National School Boards Association and Microsoft.

EYE ON TECHNOLOGY WEBSITE - K-12 Student Highlights

The Eye on Technology website is ment to share with you some of the great technology related projects that have been completed by the students and staff of Springville-Griffith Institute.

S-GI Student to Speak with First Lady Michelle Obama - April 2010

Because of the hard work and participation in the 2010 StudentCam Competition, C-SPAN has invited one of our students, Jillian Cobo, to take part in a LIVE C-SPAN produced program with First Lady Michelle Obama. The program, which will be take place at the White House, will air LIVE on C-SPAN Wednesday, April 7 from 11:15am – 12:00pm ET.

The 45 minute program to discuss the issue of childhood obesity, an issue she has spoken out about during her time as First Lady. Watch Jillian's Question

New York State Council for the Social Studies (Rye Brook, New York) - March 2010

Using C-SPAN Resources in the Social Studies Classroom. Ten Ideas You Can Use

C-SPAN is an outstanding resource for teaching current events. This presentation will include various ways of using C-SPAN in the social studies classroom including C-SPAN's StudentCam competition. Presented by Joe Karb and Benjamin Higgins

Sign Up for C-SPANCLASSROOM

C-SPANs StudentCam Project - January 2010

Each year, C-Span challenges middle and high school students to film documentaries exploring a topic of national interest. This year, Springville-Griffith Institute CSD students entered 8 films in the competition.

Check out our 2010 Submissions

Stratosphere Balloon Project - November 2009

One of the primary goals of educators is to encourage, support and facilitate their students’ academic and personal achievement. Recently eighth grade students at Springville-Griffith Institute Middle School (SGI) in Springville, NY were able to extend their knowledge and expectations with a project that reached the stratosphere – literally.

Project Website

High School's New Face Conferece - July 2009

How do you connect to a 21st century student? Engage them by utilizing the tools available. This presentation will show a variety of student produced projects from elementary through high school. From digital storybooks and animated cartoons to short documentaries the students of Springville-Griffith are connecting with the world.

During Mid July 2009 I will be presenting at this conference with a few of my district's teachers/administration. CLICK HERE to see what I will be covering.

Summer Institute for Human Rights & Genocide Studies

It is hard to believe what has happened in the last year through the Summer Institute. We are looking forward to many amazing speakers as well as the exciting field trips we have lined up.

A Huge Thank You to Congressman Higgins for adding us to his FY2010 Appropriations.

Where students and their teachers can learn from the past to make a difference in their world...

2009 Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies

July 27th - August 7th, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Springville Students for Human Rights

A group of middle and high school students and teachers from Springville-Griffith Institute Central School District (Springville, New York) are working to end the genocide in Darfur. They have formed a committee to raise awareness and held fundraisers to assist the over two million people living in refugee camps.

Check Out Our Website

Congratulations We're Building A School in Sierra Leone!

C-SPANs StudentCam Competition

The students in Mr. Karb’s Grade Eight Social Studies and Mr. Rokitka's AP History classes had the opportunity to take part in a competition provided by C-SPAN. The students whom elected to participate created a 5-8 minute documentary focused on the following issue: What is the most urgent issue the US President should address after taking office, and why? Students used guidelines provided to produce a film that was submitted to C-SPAN. Video will be judged with over $50,000 in prizes to be awarded to the best submissions. WATCH THE VIDEOS