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Sylvester Robertson, California State University San Bernardino

Sylvester E. Robertson is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, College Of Education, California State University, San Bernardino, CA. His educational background consist of a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Secondary Education from Drake University, a Masters Degree (MA) in Teacher Education Training from Governor's State University, a Masters Degree in Educational Technology (MS), and a Doctorate in Institutional Management (Ed.D) with an emphasis in technology management from Pepperdine University. His professional experiences include teaching in elementary K–8, secondary 9–12, Chapter I coordinator (secondary), community and adult education, special educational consultant for Prescription Learning Corporation and manager of technology services for Pepperdine University, Malibu CA.

His current responsibilities at California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) are teaching technology credential courses to pre–service and in–service teachers. He has taught graduate courses for the Instructional Technology and Integrative Studies Programs. Sylvester has worked in this capacity as a full–time faculty member at CSUSB since 1990. His areas of expertise are integration of technology into instruction, reading in the content area (K–12), and development of instructional technology models for schools. He has supervised pre–service teachers within the five counties of Southern California and worked with schools in Moreno Valley, San Bernardino City, Snowline, Inglewood, and LAUSD School Districts.

Dr. Robertson believes that technology can be an effective tool for teachers to enhance their teaching and learning when matched with student needs and achievement. When technology is used as a delivery system to introduce content first, especially for students of color, learners use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses at a rate greater than the current rate of growth. Dr. Robertson has presented these concepts at local and national conferences throughout his tenure at California State University in San Bernardino.

 

James Smith, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State

James L. Smith, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State, Program Supervisor, ESEA Title II D, Enhancing Education Through Technology, Consolidated Federal Programs/Special Programs Unit. Mgr: $8,000,000 program.

Former Community Outreach Director for Generation Yes Inc; the organization that was formed to continue the success of the U.S. Department of Education Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, Generation www.Y, 9–96 to 9–01, where Mr. Smith was the Program Support Specialist. This non–traditional staff development model began in the Olympia School District, Olympia, WA. Mr. Smith was instrumental in its expansion to forty–one states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Gen Y uses partnerships between students and teachers to infuse modern computer technologies into the classroom.

Prior to joining Gen Y Mr. Smith taught 2nd grade in Tacoma, WA; After 25 Years of Broadcast production, marketing and advertising in the Seattle area with CBS, NBC, and Independent Television and Radio stations. Smith is a Vietnam Era veteran, and holds a BA/BS in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Washington, and has completed two years toward a Master's in Teaching degree from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. (96–98)

Former Chairperson of the (ISTE) International Society of Technology in Education Minority Leadership Symposium, NECC Chicago, June 2001. Current Co–Chair of the ISTE Minority Leadership Online Community/Leadership Bureau. Member, METT, Washington State Multi–Ethnic Think Tank, http://www.k12.wa.us, NABSE–WABSE, National Alliance of Black School Educators, http://www.nabse.org/ Past President–elect of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pierce County, WA. Alumni–Chair of the Economic Opportunities Program University of Washington Minority Affairs Dept. Alumni of Garfield HS, Seattle, WA along with Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix, the latter who Smith attended classes. NCCE, Northwest Counsel for Computer in Education, Board member. NECC, National Educational Computing Conference 2003, Student Showcase Co–Chair. Seattle, WA. Co Chair NECC Philadelphia Mayors Digital Leadership Caucus 2005.

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