• activ-con 2017 was a great success!

    Click here to learn more about our July 25th activ-con event that attracted over 100 leaders and innovators in K-12 active learning spaces from across the region!

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • Model Schools 2017 Summer Catalog is open for registration!

    Click here to register for Summer workshops in MyLearningPlan.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • A Lesson in Global Citizenship

    Building respect, empathy and tolerance among today's students is just one part of the global citizenship curriculum.  Click here to learn more about this workshop held in LHRIC's Active Learning Center (ALC) & check the Model Schools Catalog for future course offerings.

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • Have you seen our LHRIC/eChalk Help page?

    Click here to find valuable resources that our team has created as a result of work within the region!

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • TLI Winter Event

    On January 20th, attending TLI members analyzed strategic approaches to support trending & emerging tools in today's classroom.  Click here to read more!

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • LHRIC announces a partnership with Tech 4 Learning in support of Wixie!

    For more information regarding Tech 4 Learning, please see our *new* product page for Wixie. 


    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • LHRIC announces a partnership with McGraw Hill for Redbird Mathematics!

    For more information regarding Redbird Mathematics, please contact Mary Lynn Collins: or Bobbi Baker:

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • LHRIC announces a partnership with Lexia Learning!

    For more information regarding Lexia, please contact Bobbi Baker: & Mary Lynn Collins:

    LHRIC IT News & Announcements
  • Active Learning Center @ LHRIC

    What does the "classroom of the future" look like?  How can space and environment enable learning? Click Here to learn more and see how you can visit our Active Learning Center (ALC).

    LHRIC Instructional Technology
  • Join our Mailing List!

    Click Here to receive special monthly announcements from the Model Schools team.

    LHRIC Instructional Technology

TELL Award Applications Available NOW!

TLI TELL Award Applications Available Now!
Each year, the LHRIC awards up to six awards in two categories: Outstanding Innovative Leader and Outstanding Innovative Teacher.
This coveted local award recognizes area leaders and teachers for excellence in the their vision, their ability to inspire others, the effectiveness and sustainability of technology adoption in the instructional program at area schools and districts.
The applications for 2017/18 regionally coveted award are available here:
For more detailed information about the award and the day's celebration with a new format, please visit this link:

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.

Tech Expo - May 11, 2018

This is the LHRIC's capstone teaching and learning event for the year!  This event is designed for district stakeholders from across the region as a showcase for what works, what we should look forward to, and even what to avoid as we move to a more personalized learning environment across all teaching and learning. The LHRIC is frequently asked to help districts learn about what others are doing well, and what should we be paying attention to.  This is that event!    New this year - Epic Failures and Five Minutes of Fame!

 Heather Dowd 

Keynote Speaker - Heather Dowd

Remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” book series we loved as kids? Don’t you think life is a little bit like those books? Think of a crossroad in your life where the choice you made led you to a new adventure. Chances are, you can name more than a few of those defining moments. What about our students? While we can’t predict the choices our students are going to have in the future, we can prepare them to make choices that will lead to a rich and thick adventure story. What are the skills and traits that helped you make the best decisions and how do we help build them in our students?  

Heather Dowd is a teacher, education technology coach, science enthusiast, traveler, photographer, and most of all, a learner. She has worked as a physics teacher, instructional designer, and education technology coach in Japan, USA, Mexico, and Singapore. Teaching English with the JET program in Kumamoto, Japan inspired her to become a teacher and the adventure hasn’t stopped. Heather is a Google for Education Certified Innovator/Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, and is co-author of the book, "Classroom Management in the Digital Age". 

(This event is eligible for CTLE Credit)


Partner Events

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


 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.)


NYSCATE Hudson Valley Conference - March 3, 2018 - Wappengers Falls,  NY
(Conference registration and any conference registration included meals are part of TLI Membership)


LHRIC Contact

Sarah MartabanoSarah Martabano
(914) 592-4203 x3411

2017/18 Technology Leadership Institute (TLI) - Program Brochure

2017/18 PDF Brochure Digital Link:

 TLI Brochure Cover 


  • Membership discounts on events
  • Eligible for COSN CETL Certification

NOTE:  Membership and exam fees are additional.

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). 



TELL Awards Honor Region’s Outstanding Educators


TELL AWARD RECIPIENTS ON STAGEThe 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.