Tricia Interrante, Coordinator of Technology for the William Floyd School District, was recently one of only a handful of speakers featured at Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Smart Schools Commission Third Public Symposium, where technology and education professionals presented on innovative, successful approaches to school and community connectivity and technology-enabled education practices.
The Smart Schools Commission is responsible for advising New York State on the best way to invest the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act which was recently approved by voters. Members of the Smart Schools Commission include Constance Evelyn, Superintendent of the upstate Auburn School District; Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Rachel Haot, NYS Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology; and Mike Laskawy, a Senior Policy Advisor for Governor Cuomo.
Ms. Interrante, an executive board member of the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE), and Past-President of the Association of Suffolk County Supervisors of Educational Technology, addressed the Smart Schools Commission about the need for an increased technological infrastructure to accommodate the increased usage of technology in education which will prepare students to be competitive in a 21st century global environment.
“It was a pleasure to share with the commission the programs that William Floyd and other districts across the state have already implemented,” said Ms. Interrante. “It was also a great opportunity to highlight the amazing technology initiatives we have at William Floyd such as with the Career and Technical Education and Business Education programs.”
New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) is an association of dedicated technology-using educators committed to transforming teaching and learning in order to provide children with an education that prepares them to live satisfying and productive lives. NYSCATE is a non-profit, professional organization representing more than 12,000 technology-using educators and administrators in NYS.