After-School Programs - From Vision to Reality
Expert Content Developer Bios
An-Me Chung develops and implements programs that improve community education, particularly among low-income children and families. She has been a program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and has worked in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Initiative. She has also been Associate Director at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST, formerly SACCProject) at the Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College. There, she worked with the Corporation for National Service and the U.S. Department of Education; she also directed the Save the Children Out-of-School Time Rural Initiative. As part of Save the Children, Chung designed and implemented a program improvement and evaluation model for afterschool programs' training and technical assistance.
Ellen Gannett is an educator and program director focused on early childhood education. She serves as a board member of the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA) and as a member of the Professional Development Division. Gannett is also Associate Director at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST, formerly SACCProject) at the Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College. She has also served as a faculty member at Massachusetts Bay Community and Wheelock Colleges, and has directed a Boston-area school-age child care program. Gannett is also the author of SACCProject's publication, "City Initiatives in School-Age Child Care," and co-author of the 1998 edition of ASQ: ASSESSING SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE QUALITY (SACCP Publications, 1998) as well as the Project's publication, SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE: A POLICY REPORT (SACCP Publications, 1995).
Adriana A. de Kanter La Perla
Adriana A. de Kanter La Perla is an educational consultant and governmental advisor. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and the Humanities; and the U.S. Army, V Corps, in Frankfurt, Germany, where she received the U.S. government's second highest civilian award. She has also served as the Department of Education's Director of the National Assessment of Chapter 1; Deputy Director, Planning and Evaluation Service, in the Office of the Under Secretary; Special Advisor on Afterschool Issues Office of the Secretary; and Partnership Liaison in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Program Example Contributer Bios
Johnny Benavidez is an afterschool educator and consultant. He has worked as a Program Director with the YMCA of San Antonio, where he has been instrumental in developing outreach programs for inner city kids. Benavidez has also run the Hawthorne Elementary School Campus YMCA program, which supports classroom teachers through in-school programs such as: Experience Behind the Eyes, a curriculum enhancement program; Lunch and Learn, a community mentor program; Academic Coaches, a parent involvement program; and Saturday Discovery Program, a language arts program. Benavidez also coaches an inner city boys' soccer team.
The Heritage Extended Day Staff
Information about the Heritage Program was contributed by the following members of the Heritage School staff:
- Ethan Feinsod, visiting artist/associate professor in Art Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
- Lisa Hochtritt, Director, Extended Day Program and Community Programs; instructor, Teachers College, Columbia University.
- Cathleen Kiebert-Gruen, Director, Extended Day and Community Programs; instructor, Teachers College, Columbia University.
- Haymee Salas, Heritage School faculty.
Anna Chan Rekate
Anna Chan Rekate is an educator and administrator. She serves as a high school English teacher at Trevor Day School in New York City, teaching ninth grade English along with electives for Juniors and Seniors. She has also been Upper School Coordinator at the Manhattan School for Children, and has taught all subjects for the sixth and eighth grades at the City & Country School in New York City. All three schools are known for their progressive philosophies and educational practices. Rekate has a master's degree in Educational Policy from Columbia University's Teachers College and a master's degree in Leadership and Supervision from Bank Street College of Education.
Cyndi Kerr works with schools as a staff developer, using a project-based approach to model in-class uses of digital tools. She has been support manager with a team of progressive educators at the Center for Collaborative Education; she has also helped to launch the Eiffel project, a five-year initiative that integrates wide-area networking technologies into the public school curriculum in New York City. In addition, she has worked with the Institute for Learning Technologies to provide support for teachers.
Anthony Petrosino, Ph.D.
Anthony Petrosino is a professor whose research focuses on science education, with an emphasis on technology. He has been an assistant professor of Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Texas in Austin, and was a member of the Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt's Learning Technology Center. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: Otto Basser Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, 1998; Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice Post Doctorate Fellowship (competitive), 1998-2000; Tennessee Space Grant Fellowship (NASA), Vanderbilt University, 1991-1996; Peabody Super Student Scholarship. (competitive) 1991-1994; New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition Award, 1990.
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