- 2020 Grant & Award WinnersGrant WinnersAward WinnersAccelerated Biology: Turning a challenge into an opportunity
Thomas Cork Susan E. Wagner High School; Staten Island, NY
In 2020-21, we will have many students entering 9th grade with prior exposure to Living Environment and a waiver on the Regents exam, but who have not yet attained a full year of mastery in Biology. With these students, we will be exploring advanced topics in a new class, Accelerated Biology, which reinforces the material from Living Environment while simultaneously preparing them for advanced science classes like AP Biology. There will be a research focus to increase science literacy. We hope to increase the technological tools available to these students to move beyond the traditional first-year biology course and engage students in authentic biological inquiry. To this end, we hope to acquire one set of Vernier Biology GoDirect probes to use throughout the year in whole-class experiments that will explore topics such as photosynthesis, food energy content, enzymatic catalysis, transpiration, fermentation, and human physiology. By increasing availability of cutting-edge technology, we will increase student performance in these classes compared to our traditional Honors sections and increase AP readiness, thereby providing more access to AP Science courses.Engineering Brightness - Empowering Students to Make a Difference
Anne Mlod and Victoria Calarco Genesee Elementary School and Auburn High School; Auburn Enlarged City School District
The grant project is a collaboration between Auburn High School Librarian Victoria Calarco, Genesee Elementary School Librarian Anne Mlod, and Engineering Brightness. Engineering Brightness (http://philanthropic-engineering.org/) is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering students to be active in addressing light poverty issues around the world. It accomplishes this by leading students in the design and creation of 3D printed solar-powered lanterns that are sent to people in countries where safe light is an issue. This year they selected two school districts to be part of a learning cohort; our district, Auburn, is one of them. We (librarians Anne Mlod & Victoria Calarco) have raised funds from community organizations and businesses for founders John Howe and Tracey Winey to come to Auburn and work with students for three days in October on this project. Our NYSCATE grant request is for $1,974, which covers the cost of the supplies students will use to design and create 50 solar-powered lanterns that will be delivered to people in a country where light poverty is an issue.Harnessing the Wind
Heather Bermingham REACH Academy Charter School; Buffalo, NY
Harnessing the Wind will provide fourth-grade students with hands-on learning about wind power as an energy source. Students will use KidWind Go Direct Packages to investigate the basics of wind power. After these investigations, students will take what they’ve learned and, in groups of 3, build a 4-foot wind turbine. While the turbine bases will be constructed from PVC pipe, students will be in charge of selecting materials for the turbine blades and making decisions about things like the size, shape, and number of blades as well as installing the generator, hub, and wiring in their turbines. Students will have the opportunity to test their designs throughout the project using a homemade wind tunnel that will be present in the classroom during every session. Each group will keep a journal that includes sketches of the various designs used as well as the results of each test and thoughts about what needs to be changed or not changed. Energy sensors included in the KidWind Go Direct Packages quantify the voltage, current, and energy output of the turbines and integrate with Vernier’s Graphical Analysis 4, software that creates various graphs from the data collected. Students will read and interpret their data as well as compare their data to the data of other groups. By the end of the project, students will be able to support their opinion on whether or not wind power is a viable replacement for non-renewable energy sources.Innovating Agriculture Through Food Computers
Chris Regini Half Hollow Hills CSD; Melville, NY
Students will use the resources provided for this grant to construct personal food computers. Students will apply the engineering design process and use robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside these growing chambers. They will offer a spectrum of control so that students can make their growing experience as a manual or as automated as they would like while collecting data to further their research and participate in various citizen science campaigns.Outstanding Leader Award
Aaron Straus, MSU, M. Ed. Salamanca City School District
Aaron is Coordinator of STEAM Education at Salamanca City School District. He earned his undergraduate degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology at Grantham University and Master of Education in Educational Technology at the American College of Education. Over the course of his career, Aaron taught numerous elementary and secondary courses in robotics, trades and instructional technology. While serving in Salamanca, Aaron led a taskforce to start the award-winning STEAM Summer School program, "STEAM Camp" and assisted with the design of Salamanca’s state-of-the-art STEAM center, modeled after a STEM manufacturing firm. A student of engineering himself, Mr. Straus has been awarded several prestigious honors such as the New York State Society of Professional Engineers Contribution to Education Award and the Margaret Ashida STEM Leadership Award for his work with program innovation.Outstanding Superintendent Award
Dr. Carolyn McGuffog Greenburgh North-Castle Union Free School District
My 30+ year career has been devoted to helping children with learning, social-emotional, developmental, and behavioral disabilities. To that end, I earned two doctorates from Teachers College Columbia University, one in Special Education and the other in Psychology. Prior to becoming the Superintendent of Greenburgh North-Castle Union Free School District (GNC), I created highly-regarded, inclusive, special education programs for students with autism spectrum disorder, severe emotional disturbance and learning disabilities. I also created a school-based American Psychological Association (APA) approved psychology internship program and served as a college professor and clinical supervisor. In my private practice, I conduct psychotherapy, neuropsychological evaluations, and educational consultation. I am passionate in my belief that administrators, teachers, therapists, counselors, and paraprofessionals must utilize evidence-based interventions to assure all students achieve optimally.
Under my leadership, the four Academies compromising the Greenburgh North-Castle Union Free School District (GNC) have expanded academic, social-emotional, and vocational opportunities for students with emotional, developmental, behavioral and learning disabilities from grade 7 to age 21. In the academic realm, our special education teachers differentiate instruction in accordance with students' learning profiles. Student progress is monitored, and instruction is data-driven. We have added Advanced Placement (AP) courses to our full complement of Regents-based classes, as we strive to challenge our students.
In the social-emotional and behavioral realms, our students are explicitly taught social skills and strategies for self-regulation. To that end, we implement components of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Focused Therapy. These programs provide students with the tools needed for success in life.
Outstanding Teacher Award
Amanda Pacanowski Fredonia Central Middle School
Amanda Pacanowski currently teaches Grade 8 students, mathematics. She currently has two sections of math 8, the Accelerated 8th grade students taking High School Algebra, she works with the Consultant Teacher, and teaches a Innovation course focusing on critical thinking and curation. Amanda has taught all levels 7-12. She’s also served as K-12 Technology Integrator for her district under a one year grant funded position.Outstanding Teacher Award
Kristen Magyar Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery CSD
Kristen teaches STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Media) classes for students in grades Pre-K - 6th grade. Five years ago she began the development of the program and it has continuously grown to include new and emerging technologies. Today the students at all grade levels learn how to code, conduct research, and create multi-media presentations to showcase their work. When we had to pivot to an emergency remote learning environment last March, Kristen immediately changed her role and became an instructional technology coach to support her elementary colleagues in the new learning environment. She scheduled 1:1 consultations and small group professional learning opportunities with the teachers. She continues in the those role today and also teaches STREAM to the 6th grade students.
- 2019 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersOutstanding Teacher Award
Kacie Sandbrook Schalmont Central School District
Kacie teaches 6th-grade digital literacy, a full year technology course that integrates digital citizenship, literacy skills development, and computer science, at Schalmont Middle School and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award.
She is also the coding club advisor and engineering club advisor and a member of the strategic planning committee and curriculum subcommittee. She has been instrumental in creating the digital literacy program in the middle school and has developed the program from the ground up. She has worked with many other teachers to help with any technology or project-based learning questions they have. Kacie is always willing to help out and she runs many workshops about how to integrate technology into any classroom.Outstanding Leader Award
Arthur Schouten Wappingers Central School District
Art is the Director of Instructional Technology, Data, Assessment, Library Media Services, and Technology Education at Wappingers Central School District and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Outstanding Leader Award.
Since his arrival, WCSD is a leading district in the Hudson Valley with both surrounding districts and higher educational institutions in learning about these initiatives. Art’s contributions to the profession are on-going for he has presented at several NYSCATE events including the annual conference, Hudson Valley conference, and the NYSCATE Smart Schools conference held at SUNY New Paltz. Most notably, his passion and enthusiasm for promoting sound technology usage for instruction is impressive. Since he continually finds ways to support and provide resources for his teachers and colleagues, they are able to utilize technology to improve instruction for the more than 10,000 WCSD students.Outstanding Superintendent Award
Mr. Tom Piatti Richfield Springs CSD
Tom is the Superintendent of the Richfield Springs Central School and the recipient of the 2019 NYSCATE Superintendent of the Year award.
As Superintendent since 2015, Tom has led Richfield Springs Central School, a small rural agricultural community, as it sets itself apart from neighboring districts through its’ vision and emphasis upon technology in education. He does not distinguish technology and learning as separate or complementary attributes. Tom says “Technology is learning”. Technology by itself has the means to be leveraged to foster our students with a wide variety of rich learning opportunities, which in turn, produces digitally proficient students.Rethinking the Elementary Sandbox with AR
Shannon Sauder Southwestern Central School DistrictUnfathomable Field Trip
Shawn Christman Cheektowaga Central School DistrictCoding Drones
Aaron Burke Beacon City School DistrictCardboard Creations with Hummingbird Circuits
Mary Howard Grand Island Central School DistrictAutobiographical Portfolios - Beyond the Word Processor
Karen Monaco Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District3D Printer to Support the Creation of a Collaborative "Maker Club"
Margaux DelGiudice-Calemmo Garden City High SchoolHumanities : Cross-Curricular Exploration using VR
Walter Fishon & Laura Moakley Bay Shore High SchoolEngraving our Path to Innovation
Jennifer Hatfield & Khrista Tabak Depew High SchoolCan you fit it in a box?
Tammy Cummings Center for Instruction Technology & Innovation
- 2018 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersOutstanding Leader
Mark Bennet Potsdam Central School District
Through his organization, determination, and drive, Mr. Bennett has been instrumental in helping The Postdam Central School District realize its Technology Vision. As Potsdam High School Principal and Chair of the District Technology Committee, he has led the development of a three-year District Technology Plan to identify and support the instructional applications of technology; provided leadership in the overhaul of his district’s technology infrastructure; supervised the implementation of a district-wide Digital Citizenship Curriculum; created a parent guide, student handbook, user agreement, and self-insurance plan for the 1:1 program, and developed a comprehensive professional development plan to support instructional staff through this transformation.
Mr. Bennett works hard to achieve the mission of NYSCATE by leading his building and the district in the integration of technology in the teaching and learning process. In April 2016 and March 2018, his school district, in collaboration with NYSCATE, hosted Google Summits. As middle school principal he helped establish the first MakerSpace in the district, in collaboration with the library teacher assistant. He helped author both a NYSCATE and a Corning, Inc. grant to purchase 3D printers for the space and organized a “materials” drive so that the MakerSpace could be stocked with necessary supplies. As high school principal, he has worked to advance our district’s initiation into the world of online learning. Recognizing that his students need expanded learning opportunities, Mr. Bennett has been a fierce advocate for the creation of online learning. During the summer of 2017, he created the first online credit recovery program in St. Lawrence County, and has been working to establish partnerships with local colleges to offer students low or no-cost online courses.
The strongest evidence of Mr. Bennett’s long-range technology planning process can be found in the three-year District Technology Plan. This comprehensive plan was identified as a model plan by NERIC and is truly a living document that the District Technology Committee uses to guide its work.Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Andrew Nikola Wappingers Falls CSD
Andrew Nikola’s students are becoming lifelong learners with powerful 21st-century skills. Each day he works to ensure that his first graders are confident in their ability to use technology, achieve new skills and eventually live productive lives. These opportunities build students’ confidence and capacity in their learning through implementation of technology. His hard work and diligence provide a technology rich environment for his students. He uses age appropriate learning management systems to bridge the school-to-home connection and provide high quality feedback for his students.
Andrew’s approach to technology integration works with students who struggle, by particularly helping families provide review time with their learner at home. Students can discuss learning experiences at home each day, increasing confidence in their ability to learn and eagerness to yearn for more opportunities. Every parent sees and can track their child’s progress which also allows each student to have an audience. Students are enthusiastic to record and explain their learning through a variety of ways such as videos, drawings, voice recordings and more.
Andrew’s combined passion for technology and teaching is not limited to working with his students, and he is always willing to ensure they have the best tools and resources available to transform their learning . He received a grant in 2016 from NYSCATE to create a Mini-Makerspace in his classroom, and has secured over $10,000 to fund STEM, technology and Makerspace projects that directly benefit his students. These resources empower his students to think critically and work collaboratively as they prepare for 21st-century learning. Andrew also involves the entire school community as he designed and planned the second annual, Family Code Night at his school.Outstanding Superintendent Award
Dr. Ralph Ferrie Sewanahake Central School DistrictMake Storytelling a Cinch with a Robotic Finch!
Jessica Kearns Pearl River Middle School
Instructional Technology coaches work with teachers to explore how the Finch Robot can be integrated into literacy instruction on the elementary school level.Can We Fix it? Yes We Can!
Sheri McNair James I. O'Neill High School, Highland Falls/Ft. Montgomery CSD
A team of students investigate local, state, national and global issues and together use appropriate technologies to seek out resources and build a working prototype solving the problem chosen.Using DNA barcoding to identify the fish of Silver Lake
Todd Shuskey Perry High School
Students test for the presence of species specific eDNA using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines and gel electrophoresis.Coding with Robotics
Cassandra Horton Wappingers Central School District
Seeks to add Cubelets, robotic blocks that when put together make different robots and Sphero robots to challenge students as they develop their coding skills.Everyone Can Code
Amy Balling Lancaster Central High School
This grant supports Lancaster High School students as they learn coding using, two Mimetics Jade robots and an iPad Pro to create apps using Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum.Rap Composition
Dominick DImperio Oneonta City School District
Elementary school students use iPads and Garageband engage in musical composition by creating and layering loops for a backing-track to rap lyrics.Student investigations in Thermal energy and Force through STEAM integration
Joseph D'Amato Depew UFSD
Students use a thermal camera, IPad, infrared thermometers, force plates, and interfaces for inquiry-based activities which focus on thermal energy and Newton's third Law.STEAM in the Primary Classroom
MaryBeth Diggins Hamburg Central Schools
First grade students use multiple STEAM resources to engage in hands-on learning that requires them to think outside of the box with coding, robotics and critical thinking skills.Build Class: Teachers and Students Build a 3D Printer and a Learning Community
Caitlin McCabe Oak Grove Elementary School Wappingers Central School District
Three teams of 6th grade teachers and students interdependently learn together while building a 3D printer and design objects that will support inquiry-based learning in their science class.
- 2017 Grant & Award WinnersGrant WinnersAward WinnersIt Takes a Village - 3D Printing
Benjamin Rudd Village Elementary School, Hilton, NY3d Printing Cuts Across the Curriculum
Claudia abate Westlake High School, Mt. Pleasant Central SchoolCreative Technologies in the Classroom
Stefani Trapani Highland High SchoolCreating Connections: Cultural Exploration to Digital Development
Ryan Bane Hamilton Central School DistrictMini Projectors for Multiple points of projection
Timothy Dawkins South Glens Falls School districtProgramming Autonomous Robotic Control
Bryan Van Vliet Saugerties Central School DistrictLights! Camera! Stop!
Scott Reichert Anna S. Kuhl SchoolVR Digital Storytelling
Marc hunt Erie 1 BOCESLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Marvin Cadornigara New Explorations in Science, Technology and Math
In 2004, Marvin Cadornigara moved from the Philippines to New York City to teach in the city’s public schools. He integrated the use of information and communication technologies in his middle school Science classes in order to achieve both new literacies and scientific inquiry skills. He also used social media as platform for lesson and classroom interactions. Students in his Science class investigated ecological ecosystems and biological microsystems and presented their finding using various communication and presentation technologies. They also gathered, analyzed, and synthesized authentic data from various cyber databases and presented them as projects in class. Since 2010, he has conducted 18 workshops on digital literacy and cyber-enabled learning at local, state, and national teacher workshops and conferences. In 2015, he was invited resource speaker during the first National Digital Educators’ Summit in Manila, Philippines.Outstanding Technology Leader
Rocco Varuolo Westbury Central Schools
Rocco has supported teachers by providing PD that fosters the use of technology integration for effective and efficient work days. He has supported building the libraries’ makerspaces and incorporating STEAM. At the elementary level, he has facilitated the teaching of Dash and Dot, Makey Makey, and Livestreaming events and morning announcements. Across the district, Rocco has provided PD so staff are able to use, upload and navigate the new evaluation system. Rocco uses the budget he is allocated to support technology resources for the classroom, as well as seeks funding from grant writing to support and improve the district and all its initiatives.
Rocco Varuolo is an amazing leader who worked relentlessly to make Greenburgh CSD a world class school district. He build partnerships, engages families, supports district initiatives all while having a futuristic vision for advancing teaching and learning by integrating technology. Now, in his new role at Westbury CSD he looks to accomplish similar goals.Outstanding New York State Superintendent
DR. RICHARD HUGHES, SUPERINTENDENT Central Valley School District
- 2016 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersOutstanding New York State Superintendent
Robert Horan, Superintendent Schodack Central School DistrictOutstanding New York State Education Technology Leader
Shelly O'Boyle Southwestern Central School DistrictLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Michael Drezek Lake Shore Central School DistrictExplore IOT with Pi: Using Raspberry Pi and GrovePi kits to Invent for the Internet of Things
Jeff Wekar and Marcy Fountain Indian River School District, Philadelphia, NYElementary Robotics, Coding and Playing with Sphero SPRK
Mary Anne Milano Voorheesville Elementary School, Voorheesville, NYMonkey Bot Sparks Ideas
Tammy Cummings Center for Instructional Technology, Mexico, NYGoing Green with a Food Computer—A Project with MIT OpenAg Initiative
Jennifer Hessletine Malone CSD, Malone, NYSupporting STEAM with 3d Scanning and Printing
Corey Flynn Potsdam CSD, Potsdam, NYWorking Collaboratively to Create, Invent, Tinker and Share
Andrew Nikola Wappingers Central School, Poughkeepsie, NYComputers: Learn What They Can Do From the Inside Out
Julia Hannibal William Floyd CSD, Moriches, NY
- 2015 Grant & Award WinnersGrant WinnersAward WinnersTake a Bite Out of Pi: Using Raspberry Pi Kits to Teach Students Computer Coding
Jeff Wekar and Marcy Fountain Philadelphia, NYComputer Coding and World Languages
Maria Mullbauer Yorkshire, NYYoung Global Citizens use STEM Rockets to Aid Nations in Crisis
Ellen Harp Brighton, NYEmpowering At-Risk Students in a Blended Learning Lab
Cassandra Horton Wappingers Central SchoolEnhancing Student Learning with iPads
Amanda Pacanowski Fredonia CSDOutstanding New York State Superintendent
Dr. Paul Alioto, Superintendent Dansville Central School DistrictOutstanding New York State Education Technology Leader
Darlene Rowsam, Technology Coordinator Copenhagen Central School DistrictLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Kristina Holzweiss Bay Shore Middle School
- 2014 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersOutstanding Superintendent Award
Scott Connell Copenhagen Central School DistrictLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Mary Howard Grand Island CSDLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Christopher Kauter Deer Park UFSDOutstanding NYS Leader Award
Janelle Rinker Dansville Central School DistrictHands-on Healthy Learning Using iPads and Apple TV
Joanne Lotter Fredonia, CSDConnecting DIY and Literacy
Megan Cernaro Palermo ElementaryPhysics with Video Analysis
Jeff Salerno Lakeshore CSD3rd Grade Chromebook Pilot
Aaron Pascucci Urban Choice Charter SchoolThe Portable Math and Science Lab - Chromebooks and Vernier Labquest 2
Jesse Fitzgerald Niskayuna CSDiPad Partner Power
Jennifer Kibler Parkdale Elementary
- 2013 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Marc Hunt Erie 1 BOCESOutstanding New York State Technology Leader Award
Andrew Wheelock Erie 1 BOCESUsing iPads with struggling readers to improve reading fluency and comprehension
Lucia Guarnieri Gustavus Adolphus Learning CenterGame-Based Learning in the Classroom
Jeffrey Clark Cheektowaga Sloan UFSDMovin' Your Bod with the iPod
Laurel Chiesa Fayetteville-Manlius CSDGrowing Readers with a Healthy Mix of Daily 5, Cafe and iPads
Nedra Isenberg Holland Patent CSDGoogle Chromebook Flipped Classroom Becomes a History Lab
Ronald Kotlik Clarence CSD
- 2012 Grant & Award WinnersAward WinnersGrant WinnersOutstanding New York State Technology Leader Award
Jeremy Luft Ossining CSDLee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award
Gabriel Ackert Goshen CSD"RED" Hot Technology in the Science Classroom
Padraic McCarthy Port Jervis CSDAuthentic Scientific Experiences in the Middle School Classroom
Kristen Howlett & Julianne Chamberlin Clarence CSDEnhancing Student Collaboration and Communication with Mobile Projection Technology Using Apple TV & iPads
Laura Graceffa Poughkeepsie Day SchoolIntercontinental Arguements - The Just War Ning
Nicholas Lawrence East Bronx Academy for the Future