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Tuesday May 19, 2009 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST
The goal of the Obama administration is to put money to work creating change. The stimulus package was designed to make a difference in student learning, achievement, and prospects for the future. The funding is provided now to use for programs with long-term impact. Other funds are available too.
What’s important is knowing how to make sure that your district is among those who get the funds to improve the schools and make a difference for students.
Troy Fischer is the Director of Technology for the Office of eLearning Services at the New York City Department of Education. He designs, implements and supports the enhancement of instruction by providing online and virtual learning opportunities for instructional leaders, teachers, students and parents. Troy has served as a Citywide Director of Instructional Technology, District-wide Technology Director and School-Level Technology Coordinator. Troy was recruited by the NYCDOE central offices because of his extensive technical expertise; and his ability to skillfully integrate technology into the curriculum while serving as a secondary school math instructor for Community School District 13.
Dr. Louise Vitiello has designed, written proposals for, and directed/supervised grant funded programs for the past 35 years. She currently works as the Grants Administrator / Assistant Superintendent for the Chester Community Charter School in Chester, PA. Louise has an Ed. D. in Counseling in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts, an M. Ed. in Urban Education from Springfield College, and a B.A. in English literature from Brown University. Previously she served as chief administrative officer of another charter school in Chester, director of development at a community development corporation in Philadelphia, and in various administrative capacities at institutions of higher education (Harcum College, Lincoln University (PA), the University of Massachusetts, and Springfield Technical Community College).
Louise has been successful in writing for federal, state, and foundation funding for educational programs relating to academic and student support services, technology across the curriculum, and parent education. From 1990 to 1999, she helped design and develop funding for the PACT Program (Parents and Children Together in Learning), a service-learning program whereby low-income adults enrolled in college courses in the teaching of reading; they received free college credits in exchange for 100 hours of volunteer tutoring in their children’s Title I elementary schools. The program received an Exemplary College/School Partnership Award from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1993 and a Points of Light Foundation President’s Service Award at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997.