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NAMTC Newsletter
  March, 2016  


NAMTC Newsletter
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New Leadership Positions within NAMTC

New Board Positions Begin July 1
by Beth Kabes, Nebraska ESUCC and NAMTC President

Election results for our organization have been tallied and verified. At this time, I would like to announce the results of your votes

Serving as President will be the former President-Elect, Doreen Bergman. Doreen is the School Library System Coordinator for OCM BOCES in Syracuse, NY. On July 1, Doreen will be assuming her new leadership position.

President-Elect is Angela Burke. Angela is the Chief Technology Officer at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, MA. She has served previously as the Secretary for our organization. Angela will assume her duties July 1.

I will be moving to the Past-President position after serving as President this last year. At the same time, I will be moving to a new position, Director of Blended and Distance Learning for Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council in Nebraska. I will be based in Columbus, NE.

With the selection of Angela to President-Elect, the membership has elected Sarah Kyriazis to serve as the Secretary for NAMTC. Sarah is currently the Technology Integration Coordinator for the Assabet Valley Collaborative and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, MA.

The Treasurer’s position was appointed by the Executive Board on November 30, 2015 and was filled by Jeff Kay, Central Susquehanna IU, PA. This was to fill the position following the retirement of the former treasurer. Jeff has been in this position since January 1 and will fulfill the remainder of the four-year term through the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Executive Director position has been held by Betty G. Ehlinger since 1998. She has guided and led this organization with her passion and leadership. She will be stepping down as of July 1, 2016. In replacing Betty, the Executive Board has appointed Geoff Craven as the Executive Director. This position will be ongoing. Geoff is a former NAMTC President, state board representative, and past Treasurer. I look forward to his leadership and working with him.

The remainder of the board is a group of representatives from across the country: Iowa – TBA; Kansas – Denise Grasso, Associate Executive Director, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center (Greenbush), KS; Nebraska – Molly Aschoff, Distance Ed. Coordinator - Media Specialist, ESU #8, NE; New York – Mala Yudin, Marla Yudin, Oswego County School Library System, NY; Pennsylvania – OPEN; Central At-Large – Ron Cone, Network and Information Services Director, Educational Service Unit 10, NE; Eastern At-Large – Brad Landis, Assistant Executive Director, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. PA; Mountain At-Large – OPEN; Pacific At-Large – OPEN; Corporate – Andrea Downing, PBS; Publications Chair – Valerie Hill, Public Information Specialist, Grant Wood AEA, IA; Membership Chair – OPEN. If you know any of these members personally, reach out to them and send them a congratulatory greeting. Their work is key to the success of our organization.

The Executive Board will be meeting in April at a Retreat in Syracuse. This will be a time for the group to analyze the data and effectiveness of the organization and plan for the future events and opportunities for learning for the members.



From Your Executive Director

by Betty G. Ehlinger, NAMTC Executive Director

It has been a pleasure working with the Board of Directors and the NAMTC membership for the past 18 years.  Some of the highlights of my career focus on the community involved in hosting the annual Leadership Summit and the collaborative learning through the NAMTC Shared Conversations.  NAMTC is poised for greatness as the organization completes the final stages of its transformation process as identified during this past year.  There are strong leaders involved, and the future of NAMTC is assured.  The new leadership will provide excellent guidance and oversight. 

I am so very impressed with the programs and services provided by the educational service agencies you represent.  The futures of our students are dependent on the opportunities for growth afforded them at the schools you serve.  NAMTC’s corporate partners value membership for the direction and communication our Institutional Members provide.  Many of us have long histories with each other, and a value cannot be placed on the friendship, professionalism and kindness shown throughout the ups and downs of our educational careers.

My resignation as the NAMTC Executive Director, made at the November 30, 2015 Board Meeting held in New Orleans and effective June 30, 2016, was the result of a difficult decision process.  I enjoy the connections provided through my work with you, but it is time for change.  Short-term projects will fit my schedule much better, as Cliff and I plan to do more traveling and taking advantage of a flexible lifestyle.   I will keep the bettyge@mchsi.com e-mail address, so stay in touch!

Thank you for the opportunity to work with NAMTC.  I wish each NAMTC member an exciting future and look forward to hearing about the educational innovations you implement.  Keep that positive enthusiasm as you serve students, staff, faculty and administrators who need your leadership, programs and services. Our world will be a better place because of your daily work.  One of my favorite quotes is : “ Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”  I’ve enjoyed dancing in the rain with each of you!



NAMTC Shared Conversations Provide Professional Development Opportunities

Mark your calendars for May 17 Conversation on Print Shops
by Valarie Taylor Hill, Grant Wood AEA
NAMTC offers FREE virtual professional development opportunities for members and non-members. The 2015-2016 year has included NAMTC Shared Conversations on the topics of “Designing Next Generation Media/Library Centers: Digital vs. Analog” and “Creating and Accessing Virtual Tours.” The links to these NAMTC Shared Conversations are archived on the NAMTC Facebook page. Join us for the next NAMTC Shared Conversation: “Print Shops: What, Who and How,” Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT with presenters Tara Johannsen, Graphics/Printing Supervisor at Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Dave Johnson, Print &... Full Article >>


Middle & High School Computer Fair Competition in PA

by Jennifer Spotts and Jeff Kay, Central Susquehanna IU 16
Spring is almost upon us – and in Pennsylvania – Middle and High School students throughout the Commonwealth are busy participating in Regional Computer Fair competitions for a chance to represent their school at the State Competition held at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA on May 24th and 25th, 2016. Purpose The Pennsylvania Middle and High School Computer Fair is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process. Categories There are six different... Full Article >>
Middle & High School Computer Fair Competition in PA 


NewsWorthy Links

Simplifying Text
by Diane Jackson, Prairie Lakes AEA 8
Rewordify https://rewordify.com/ This website gives users the ability to simplify text. Copy and paste the text you need simplified into the website. The site replaces tier 2 and 3 words with simpler text.  The website also allows you to do activities to learn the tier 2 and 3 words. Text Compactor http://textcompactor.com/ This website allows for summarization. Copy and paste text into this website, then move the slider to the percentage that you want the text summarized. Simple English ... Full Article >>


NAMTC Corporate Members


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San Francisco, CA 94107  Ph:   415 636 0831
Defined Learning
900 Skokie Blvd. #100
Northbrook, IL 60062  Ph:   224 220 3595
Fax: 847 483 1259
372 Main St.
Watertown, MA 02472  Ph:   617 600 7230
Fax: 617 977 0980
Human Relations Media, Inc. (HRM Video)
41 Kensico Dr.
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549  Ph:   914 666 9151
Fax: 914 244 0485
iBoss Network Security
9950 Summers Ridge Rd. #160
San Diego, CA 92171  iboss.com 
JDL Horizons, LLC
8200 Kingslee Road
Bloomington, MN 55438  Ph:   952 697 0555
Fax: 952 697 0551
57 Warren St., Flr 4
New York, NY 10007  Ph:   914 953 3210
MindShine Technologies
19800 N. 7th St.
Apt. 1069
Phoenix, AZ 85024  Ph:   602 369 4011
PBS Distribution
2100 Crystal Drive
Arlington, VA 22202-3785  Ph:   703 739 8693
Fax: 703 739 5085
Pear Deck
316 E Court St
Suite #4
Iowa City, IA 52240  peardeck.com 
Rosen Digital
29 East 21st St.
New York, NY 10010  rosendigital.com 
Tek Data Systems Co.
1111 West Park Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048  Ph:   847 367 8800
Fax: 847 367 0235
2150 S. Country Club Drive #12
Mesa, AZ 85210  Ph:   480 924 8661
Fax: 623 321 7815
Weston Woods/Scholastic
90 Old Sherman Tpke.
Danbury, CT 06816  Ph:   203 797 3545
Fax: 203 797 3541


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