Announcing the 2018 TELL Award Honorees

TELL Award Transforming Education through Leadership and LearningJoin us on March 29th at the annual TLI Celebration of Teaching and Learning as we honor these recipients of the 2018 TELL Awards.

Outstanding Innovative Teachers 

Marcia Daley-Savo | Katonah
Catherine Brennan | Croton
Katherine Tovar | Greenburg 7
Jim Guerci | Pearl River 

Outstanding Innovative Leader 

Jennifer Forsberg | Director of Technology, Bronxville
Joseph McGrath | Director of Technology, Mount Vernon 

Outstanding Innovative Partner 

Districts of the CS/STEAM Academy | Croton Harmon UFSD, Goshen CSD, Mahopac CSD, Peekskill CSD, Port Chester Rye CSD, Ramapo CSD, Yorktown CSD 

Technology Leadership Institute 2017/18 - Aspiring to New Heights (Program Below)

The TLI service is designed to inspire, engage, and promote excellence in leadership centered around instructional technology, truly supporting each participant as they work to reach new heights in their approach to educational technology.  Each year we strive to provide a robust and rigorous program of events that mimics what might be found at national events across the country.  Each event is carefully designed with a discrete theme and purpose that brings solutions forward for district leaders need in a timely and meaningful way.  An example is the upcoming COSN NYSCATE CTO event on October 2nd that is designed specifically for Directors of Technology and  district administrators with district responsibilities around technology, technology policy, privacy/security, and instruction.  Also coming up is the Tech Summit event on October 27th designed specifically to align with district budget process providing over 40 educational technology vendors and solutions to preview.  Each district membership provides up to eight seats at each event. Your best value from the service is  participation.  Plan with your teams early and be sure to register.  Please see the program and registration details below.

Technology Summit - October 27, 2017

 Keynote Speaker - Dr. Ruben Puentedera

Photo of Dr. Ruben PuenteduraDr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational institutions, as well as health and arts organizations. He is the creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using, and evaluating technology in education, which currently guides the work of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, as well as projects in Vermont and Sweden. His current work explores new directions in mobile computing, digital storytelling, learning analytics, and educational gaming, focusing on applications in areas where they have not been traditionally employed. He can be reached at   

In this keynote, Dr. Puentedura will address the "now what" of SAMR.  Whether you are familiar with the SAMR model or not, the conversation will focus on how SAMR is being used in schools and how to get the most out of the model and how to plan for it moving forward.


7:30-8:45 Breakfast
8:45-9:00 Opening Remarks
9:00-10:00 Keynote—Dr. Ruben Puentedura
10:05-11:05  Vendor Ignite Session 1
11:05-11:20 Break
11:20-12:20 Vendor Ignite Session 2
12:20-1:20 Lunch
1:25-2:25 Vendor Ignite Session 3
2:30-3:15 Model Schools Town Hall Meeting
3:15  Closing Comments & Snacks 

This event is designed to work in parallel with a district budget cycle.  There will be over 40 vendors available on the vendor floor with many presenting in ignite sessions.  You will learn about new products and services and determine if and how these offers might fit with your technology plan for the 2018/19 school year.  


(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)

Partner Events

NYSCATE Hudson Valley Conference - March 3, 2018 - Wappingers Falls,  NY

(Conference registration and any conference registration included meals are part of TLI Membership)


November 18 - 21, 2017  - NYSCATE Annual Conference, Rochester Convention Center,  Rochester, NY
Shifting Gears - 2017 Revving up for the Future

(Conference registration and any conference registration included meals are part of TLI Membership,  travel and lodging related expenses are not included.)


October 2, 2017 - COSN/NYSCATE CTO Clinic (Keynote Speaker - Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent from Coachella, CA)

CTO Clinics® are in-depth professional development events for district technology leaders. Delivered in conjunction with CoSN state chapters, the clinics enable attendees to:
  •  Hear about emerging technology trends, particularly within their own state
  • Receive the latest information on using technology to create effective learning environments
  • Network with peers and the private sector


Technology Planning & Smart Schools Bond Act

NYSED is in the process of revising the next Instructional Technology Plan Survey Tool.  The 2018-2021 Instructional Technology Plan is due in the survey tool October of 2018 with the tool being available this fall.  The intent is for districts to have the full school year to work with stakeholder groups in the writing and updating of their plans.  As soon as the survey tool and associated guidance are available from NYSED, it will be posted here.

The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout NY State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program.  Plans across New York are still being approved by the Board.  NYSED’s Business Portal hosts the Smart Schools Investment Plans (SSIPs). 


2017/18 TLI Program Brochure


  • Membership discounts on events
  • Eligible for COSN CETL Certification

NOTE:  Membership and exam fees are additional.

LHRIC Contact

Sarah MartabanoSarah Martabano
(914) 592-4203 x3411


TELL Awards Honor Region’s Outstanding Educators

 Recipients of LHRIC's 2015-2016 TELL Awards The May 12 ceremony recognized the award-winners for their work in transforming education and student learning and lauded them for their leadership capabilities.

Formerly known as the Pioneer Awards, the well-respected accolades are the LHRIC’s way of saluting outstanding teachers and administrators in the region who go out of their way to advance student success through their innovative use of technology.  Award recipients are detailed below-

Outstanding Innovative Teacher Award

  • Brandon Milonovich, a math/computer science teacher at Ardsley High School, who was lauded for his ability to go from traditional instructor to that of learning facilitator.
  • Laura Crowley, a credit recovery facilitator at White Plains High School, who works each and every day to make a difference in the lives of high school students who are in danger of failing school.
  • Susan Wallace, a fifth-grade teacher at the Main Street School of Irvington, who has managed to turn out independent, self-motivated students thanks to her endless enthusiasm and energy for teaching and learning.

Outstanding Innovative Leader Award

  • Dr. Andrew Taylor, DOT/CIO of Byram Hills School District, for his efforts to move the district toward innovative technology integration, including a forward-thinking STEAM curriculum.
  • Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel in the Pelham School District, for spearheading an ambitious MakerSpaces initiative throughout the district.

Outstanding Innovative Partner Award

  • Dr. Joseph Mosey, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services in the Peekskill School District, for launching a series of Twitter chat sessions centered around an array of instructional technology topics.

“This is an especially exciting day for us,” said Sarah Martabano, manager of the LHRIC’s Instructional Technology Department. “It is also an opportunity for us to recognize those among you who have inspired innovation in a way that makes them stand out.”


6/06/17- CTO Clinic by COSN (Consortium of School Networking)
Location: 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY - registration available soon. 
**This event is free for COSN/NYSCATE joint membership holders.