From left to right,
Felica Piacente, Director,
Division of Prekindergarten Special Programs and
Trish Janus, Supervisor,
Physical Disabilities Program
and E-TIPS Leader
Wood Acres ES.
E-TIPS stands for "Educators using Technology to Improve the Performance of
Students." E-TIPS Leaders have completed 75 hours of E-TIPS training demonstrating a personal commitment to improving their own technology skills, assisting their colleagues with technology, and using technology effectively to benefit students.
From the right:
Gwendolyn Mason, Director of Special Education Services,
Jason Hahr, guest speaker, Yvonne Smith, Physical Therapist, InterAct, and Felicia Piacente, Director, Division of Prekindergarten Special Programs and Related Services.
2nd ANNUAL E-TIPS CELEBRATION at CESC
This year the E-TIPS celebration honored former MCPS student Jason Hahr, now a student at Edinboro College in Pennsylvania.
Since the E-TIPS program began in July 2006, nine MCPS educators have reached 75 E-TIPS hours or more. There are many more staff members are quickly approaching that goal. E-TIPS Leaders were honored at the second annual E-TIPS celebration on May 20, 2009 at a CTI. Each leader was presented with a certificate acknowledging their efforts. Certificates were signed by Dr. Carey Wright, Associate Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services, Mr. Sherwin Collette, Chief Technology Officer.
The E-TIPS celebration provided E-TIPS educators an opportunity to network. Software vendors provided valuable doorprizes, including an Inland Mutli Plus Reader and a Fusion, which were raffled at the party. HIAT reviewed ways that MCPS staff earn E-TIPS hours including taking online courses, teaching E-TIPS classes, and participating in the creation of accessible curriculum materials. There was a presentation on the UDL Share Site.
E-TIPS classes are currently offered by HIAT, InterACT, the Technology Consulting Team, the Office of Supporting Services, and the Staff Development Programs Team.
- Our E-TIPS Leaders for 2009 include:
- Jo Belyea-Doerrman
4th Grade Teacher, Pine Crest ES
- Barbara Britton
Speech Pathologist, Paint Branch HS
- Susan Schmidt
Media Assitant, Wood Acres ES
- Shira Sliffman, Occupational Therapist
- Dan Wilson, Paraeducator SPED,
Francis Scott Key MS
E-TIPS Leader '08, won the
Inland Multi Plus Card Reader