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NAMTC Newsletter
  September, 2016  


NAMTC Newsletter
In This Issue...


Welcome Back!

by Doreen Bergman (NY) President
Welcome Back! As we begin a new school year I wanted to take a minute and welcome you all back with the hope that this year brings you both professional and personal success. We know that our members are extremely dedicated to the administrators, teachers and students in our many component school districts across the nation. As NAMTC continues to evolve to help you meet your goals, I wanted to share with you some of the changes that have taken place since our last newsletter.   Betty Ehlinger, our long-time director, has retired from NAMTC. We cannot thank her enough for all she did for us and for her dedication to all of our institutional and organizational members. While she has very big shoes to fill, we are very lucky that Geoff Craven has agreed to become our new director and is already doing a fantastic job. Geoff has been with NAMTC for many years so his knowledge of our history and his excitement and ideas about the future will help us as we move forward.  He is currently working on bringing in new members as well as helping to develop our new website. He will also be sending out our Share Conversations schedule for the year. Please reach out to him with any questions or suggestions that you may have.  

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BlendED on my Mind, 2016 Leadership Summit

Savannah Westin, November 29-30
by Angela Burke (MA), President Elect

BlendED On My Mind:
Building Quality Beyond our Classrooms

The 2016 NAMTC Leadership Summit, BlendED on my Mind will be held November 29-30 at the Savannah Westin Hotel. Blended Learning, personalized learning, competency based education, STEM/STEAM, OER and MakerSpaces are all integral parts of the educational process that administrators and teachers must focus on to ensure classroom success and college and career readiness for students.  Education Service Agencies are the perfect support system to help administrators, faculty members and students transition from the traditional classroom to an environment of anytime anyplace learning.

This year's Leadership Summit will feature 3 keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Barbara Tracey - personalized learning scholar from Harvard University
  • Marcia Kish, blended-learning expert
  • Dr. Ryan Krohn, Director of The Institute for Personalized Learning.

Each keynote will also host a break-out session for a deeper dive into their practice. Once again the Leadership Summit will feature some "open spaces" break-out sessions to enable conversation and sharing on topics that are of particular interest to attendees.

On Wednesday, there will be breakfast meetings featuring state initiative updates and we will culminate with an Ignite session!

Sessions will be held on Tuesday, November 28th from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and continue on Wednesday, November 30th from 7:30 -12:00 a.m.

Registration fee is $275 per participant, and includes two continental breakfasts and one luncheon. If you are planning to attend AESA please register via the AESA registration site. Corporate attendees and non AESA attendees are asked to register directly with NAMTC by contacting Geoff Craven, NAMTC Executive Director, gcraven@windstream.net or 570-701-4202.




BlendED on my Mind, 2016 Leadership Summit 


From the Executive Director
by Geoff Craven
As my first “official” newsletter for NAMTC I want to thank everybody for their support and patience during my first 3 months as Executive Director.  As many of you know Betty Ehlinger retired as Executive Director on July 1st, and she and her husband Cliff are enjoying retirement and doing very well.  I speak on behalf of the board and all the members of NAMTC thanking her for her dedication and hard work for this organization.  I want to especially thank her for her guidance and advice during this transition period.  Some of you may be aware that I recently retired from the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit after over 35 years... Full Article >>


2016-2017 Proposed Budget

NAMTC Proposed Budget
by Jeff Kay, CSIU (PA) Treasurer

Like many membership organizations, the majority of NAMTC’s operational costs are derived from its membership dues and corporate partner support.  With that in mind, we would like to thank those organizations and past members who have already renewed their memberships.  We would also like to welcome those who have just joined!  We look forward to working with all of you this year!

In our continued efforts to reduce operating costs, we set up free electronic checking/banking/billpay to reduce costs associated with check writing and postage.  We also plan to continue using Paypal for those members who see this as a convenience in renewing their membership each year.  As we continue to make these small changes to try and reduce our operating costs, we would like to encourage you to reach out to your peers in other states, as well as corporate partners, to encourage them to join NAMTC.

A summary view of the 2016 - 2017 NAMTC proposed budget is as follows:

As of September 1, 2016 – NAMTC had a combined Net Worth (Checking/Savings) of $16,909.80.

Below is a brief summary of the 2016-2017 Proposed Budget:


Total Membership Fees $12,740.00

Estimated Leadership Summit Revenue $20,500.00

TOTAL INCOME            $33,240.00



Estimated Leadership Summit Expenses $15,000.00

Total Assoc Expenses    $16,500.00

TOTAL EXPENSES        $31,500.00

If you have any questions or need additional information on the NAMTC budget please feel free to contact me: jkay@csiu.org

2016-2017 Proposed Budget 


Call for Nominations

Braselman and Partner in Excellence Awards
by Doreen Bergman (NY) President

Call for Nominations

NAMTC Annual Awards 

As we approach the 2016 NAMTC Summit, it is time to give thought to nominees for two awards that are presented to outstanding leaders during the Summit.
The Herb Braselman Award, named after the late Herb Braselman who served as the first president of NAMTC is presented in recognition of exemplary service and leadership for regional media centers and for outstanding contributions to the field of educational media and technology.  The nomination form can be found on the website, www.NAMTC.org, in the ‘About NAMTC’ section, ‘Organization Information.’
The Partner in Excellence Award is given in recognition of exemplary contributions to the field of educational media and technology.  The NAMTC Executive Board instituted this award at the 10th Leadership Summit held in Phoenix, AZ in 2008.
These two awards epitomize our organization and those leaders who have been and continue to be instrumental in the success of NAMTC. If you have someone you would like to nominate for these awards, please notify me by email no latter than November 1, 2016



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