Technical Assistance

ITEST Projects: How to Address Career Ed

Date: 

09/24/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET, join staff from the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) for the free webinar, "How to Address Workforce/Career Education in Your Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Project." One hallmark of the ITEST Program is its commitment to helping youth learn about and pursue STEM and STEM-related careers.

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2015 ITEST Solicitation

Date: 

09/15/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:00, the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR) will host an informational webinar to discuss the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) solicitation (proposals are due on November 13, 2015).

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Jessica Lavorgna

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Jessica Lavorgna

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Jessica

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Lavorgna

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Jessica Lavorgna engages families and communities in school improvement initiatives that close opportunity gaps for children and promote their academic achievement. She brings experience in and passion for family and community engagement, adult education, language and literacy development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has an extensive background in educational program development and implementation of evidence-based practices in cross-cultural relations and multicultural education.

Lavorgna is the Family and Community Engagement Specialist for EDC’s Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) Project. In this capacity, she oversees the development and growth of school, family, and community partnerships within 11 separate schools in Hartford, Connecticut. To strengthen and sustain these school-family-community partnerships, she works with the Hartford Public Schools, the Capitol Region Education Council of Hartford, the Connecticut Science Center, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, as well as with a number of community-based organizations.

Currently, she is collaborating with the Connecticut Science Center to develop bilingual family learning guides, which will allow families to interact with the exhibits in the language with which they are most comfortable and to engage their children in explorations of science at home.

Before joining EDC, Lavorgna served as the founding manager of the Family Resource Center for a turnaround school in New Bedford, MA, where she oversaw the development and implementation of school-family-community partnerships. Previously, she was a Sheltered English Instruction trainer for the U.S. Department of Education-funded Training for All Teachers program at Southern Connecticut State University.

Lavorgna received a BFA in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and an MS in Bilingual and Multicultural Education and TESOL from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Fulbright Scholar.

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Non-Staff Profile

Job title: 

Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Program: 

Early Learning and Development

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Telephone: 

860-278-6360

Lauren Katzman

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Lauren Katzman

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Lauren

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Katzman

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Lauren Katzman is deeply committed to advancing systemic changes in K–12 education to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. She has extensive expertise in whole-school reform, evidence-based practices in special education, and strategies to sustain effective inclusive urban schools. Her work has a special emphasis on engaging diverse stakeholders—policy-makers, researchers, and practitioners—in working together to implement cohesive practices that positively affect students with disabilities. To all of her work, she brings a focus on deeply-rooted challenges to equitable education such as enduring linkages between disability and dropout, segregation of students with disabilities, and overrepresentation of students of color in special education.

Katzman is the Executive Director of EDC’s Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative, a national network of 100 school districts committed to improving educational outcomes and life opportunities for students with disabilities in urban schools. In this capacity, she heads up strategic efforts to foster the leadership development of urban school district administrators in general and special education and ensure they have the skills and knowledge they need to enhance systems, programs, and services for students with disabilities and their families.

To advance the field’s knowledge of inclusive education, Katzman has, with Tom Hehir, the former Director of the Federal Office of Special Education Programs, conducted special education program evaluations including New York City Public Schools and the District of Columbia. She has co-authored the book Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful School-wide Programs, co-edited the book Special Education for A New Century, and written articles that have appeared in Harvard Educational Review and Teachers College Record. She is also the author of the chapter “High-Stakes Testing” in The Praeger Handbook of Special Education. She presents her findings at the annual conferences of organizations such as the American Educational Research Association, Division of International Special Education and Services, and Council of Exceptional Children.

Prior to joining EDC, Katzman served as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Special Education in the Newark Public Schools and was the Executive Director of Special Education (Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners) for the New York City Department of Education. In both districts, she developed and implemented reform efforts with high expectations for students and a vision of inclusion and special education as a service, not a place. She was also an Associate Professor at Boston University, where she developed and taught special education courses for students majoring in special education, general education, educational administration, social work, and law. She taught for 14 years as a special education teacher, starting in self-contained classes and schools and ending with the development of New York City’s first inclusive middle school.

Katzman holds a BA in Special and Elementary Education from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and an MS in Special Education from Bank Street Teacher’s College. She obtained an EdM and an EdD in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Staff: 

Non-Staff Profile

Job title: 

Senior Project Director

Program: 

Leadership for Learning Innovation

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Telephone: 

617-618-2539

The Health Manager's Orientation Guide

Sun, 02/01/2015

Author(s): 

The staff of the National Center on Health

This resource for Head Start program health managers provides tools, resources, and information designed to help them determine what needs their attention, how to structure their work, and ways to develop professionally.  The guide covers physical, mental, and oral health; safe environments; family and community engagement, healthy active living, and other key topics.

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221 pp.

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Tips to Lead the Data Use Workshop

Date: 

09/15/2015
Free Online Event

From 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. ET, the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC invites district and school leaders, coaches, and professional development providers to participate in a free webinar, Facilitating the Practitioner Data Use Workshop, that will help them support practitioners in examining and using educational data.

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MA STEM Summit 2015

Date: 

11/10/2015
Worcester, MA

For the fifth year, EDC is a major sponsor of the Massachusetts STEM Summit ("Promising Practices, Proven Results"), where we will present our expertise and innovation in STEM education. For nearly 60 years, EDC has worked with Massachusetts educators, policymakers, and business leaders to foster students' STEM proficiency. We offer digital and print curriculum and other instructional resources, professional development, and research and evaluation.

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Frank DeVito

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Frank DeVito

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Frank

Last name: 

DeVito

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Frank DeVito is passionate about education reform and works extensively with districts, schools, and community partners to redesign schools. Guided by a deep commitment to educational equity and excellence, he brings a firsthand understanding of the challenges that ethnically and racially diverse students and their families confront to all of his work to advance and sustain school reform. His areas of expertise include district, network,  and school improvement planning, school innovation incubation and redesign, leadership development, family and community partnerships, project-based learning, curriculum mapping, differentiated instruction, adolescent literacy, English Language Learning instruction, and building Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

With EDC’s Nellie Mae District Level Systems Change (DLSC) team, DeVito is supporting DLSC districts in building a culture of continuous quality improvement and results orientation. This initiative involves shifting the focus of education leaders and teachers to a paradigm and mindset of innovation, learning, research, problem solving, and effective practice adoption to be able to respond to the evolving needs of students. Previously, as a member of EDC’s National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools (NCSU) team, DeVito worked to develop, implement, and test new processes to scale up effective practices in high schools that districts will be able to use within their own context.

DeVito presents his work on school reform and effective teaching practices at conferences such as the Coalition of Essential Schools Conference, Turning Points National Summer Institutes, the National Urban Middle School Conference, and the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference.

He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Fenix Center for Innovative Schools. Earlier in his career, as the Director of Turning Points, a national middle school reform organization, he oversaw the replication of innovative school models in New England, New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. He began his career as a teacher and school leader for Chelsea Public Schools, served as a member of the Chelsea School Committee, and co-founded two innovative high schools for at-risk students that utilized a project-based model linked to professional internships. 

DeVito holds an EdM in Educational Learning Theory and Critical Hermeneutics from Boston College, an MTh from the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and a BA in Philosophy and Social Science from Saint John’s Seminary College.

Staff: 

Non-Staff Profile

Job title: 

Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate

Program: 

Leadership for Learning Innovation

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Telephone: 

617-618-2191

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