Winners Announced for Internet2 Community Anchor Program’s 2022 Distance Learning Scholarship
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 28, 2022 – Internet2 today announced the winners of the 2022 Community Anchor Program (CAP) Distance Learning Scholarship to provide free, interactive distance learning experiences for K-12 classes through the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). A total of 31 K-12 teachers across Connecticut, Illinois, New York, and North Carolina are being awarded CILC scholarships, which will directly benefit more than 1,200 students.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to help teachers bring unique, interactive learning opportunities to their classrooms – and we are so thankful for their brave, selfless service, especially during the past two years,” said Stephanie Stenberg, Internet2 Community Anchor Program director. “This program also highlights the importance of nonprofit state and regional research and education networks, which do so much more than provide schools with lightning-fast internet connections. Their mission-driven service means that connected schools get hands-on network help and a community of interest to share resources with other connected schools, libraries, museums, and institutions.”
The scholarship program was open to K-12 teachers from schools that connect to Internet2’s national network through their state or regional research and education network, which includes about 50% of all U.S. public schools. Teachers could choose from any of the over 1,900 professionally delivered programs offered through CILC, which connect students to unique subject matter, artifacts, and experiences.
Live, Interactive Learning Experiences
Cathy Shide is a teacher at St. George Elementary in Illinois, which is a member of the Illinois Century Network. For Shide, CILC’s Mathimals program with the Saint Louis Zoo is the perfect opportunity to supplement what her sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade math students are learning – from the number system, to ratios and proportionality, to equations and expressions. The program offers videos, live animals, and hands-on activities that demonstrate the importance of math in the zoo world. “I can envision using elephants’ weights to compute about how much hay an elephant would need,” Shide said. “We could extend that to water and other foods and nutrients.”
Lorrayne Bolger is a fifth-grade teacher at Roxbury Central School in New York, which is a member of NYSERNet. Bolger selected the Stewards of the Sea program to allow students to explore how essential a clean watershed is to the functioning of our planet, discover pollution sources and environmental effects, and hear stories of marine mammals that have been entangled in trash and rehabilitated. “We live in the NYC watershed, and it is important for our students to understand how our environmental decisions can impact others,” Bolger said. “They hear adults talking about watershed regulations, but they don’t truly understand what a watershed is or how it is our job to help keep it clean.”
Michelle Bibeault is the media technology integrationist at Eastford Elementary School in Connecticut, which is a member of the Connecticut Education Network. For Bibeault, the Digital Citizenship: Handle Technology With Care program will offer the school’s kindergarten and first-grade students a jumpstart on how to use technology safely and responsibly – ultimately leading them to become good digital citizens. “Many of our young learners may have a difficult time understanding the meaning of digital citizenship, depending on their exposure to different technology media,” Bibeault said. “This program will explore the meaning in a fun, interactive mode which will keep our students engaged and interested.”
Distance Learning Scholarship Winners
The 31 scholarship recipients connect to the Internet2 network via one of the following four state research and education networks: Connecticut Education Network, Illinois Century Network, NYSERNet in New York, and MCNC in North Carolina.
Scholarship winners are listed below, along with the state or regional research and education network that connects their school to the Internet2 network.
|#||Teacher Name||School Name||City & State||Grade(s)||Connecting Research & Education Network|
|1||Anne Halloran Tortora||Saint Bernard School||Uncasville, CT||8 – 12th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|2||Betty Ann LaPenna||Ridge Road Elementary School||North Haven, CT||1st Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|3||Carla DeStefanis||North Haven High School||North Haven, CT||High School||Connecticut Education Network|
|4||Claire Cloukey||Mary E. Griswold School||Berlin, CT||3rd Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|5||Dawn Primo||Mary E. Griswold School||Berlin, CT||3rd Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|6||Charles Kernan||Eastford Elementary School||Eastford, CT||5 – 8th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|7||Ellie Mulligan||North haven Middle School||North Haven, CT||Special Education Program||Connecticut Education Network|
|8||Gary Pflomm||Polk||Oakville, CT||5th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|9||Julie Prescott||Chippens Hill Middle School||Bristol, CT||8th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|10||Lisa Wasylean||Mary E. Griswold Elementary School||Berlin, CT||3rd Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|11||Louise Morrison||Thompson Middle School||North Grosvenordale, CT||6th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|12||Lynn Erickson||Stafford Elementary School||Stafford Springs, CT||1st Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|13||Megan Dill||Eastford Elementary School||Eastford, CT||4th Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|14||Michelle Bibeault||Eastford Elementary School||Eastford, CT||Kindergarten and 1st Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|15||Rhiannon Scioscio||Mary E. Griswold School||Berlin, CT||3rd Grade||Connecticut Education Network|
|16||Cathy Shide||St. George Elementary||Bourbonnais, IL||6 – 8th Grade||Illinois Century Network|
|17||Nick Gerndt||Litchfield Middle School||Litchfield, IL||7th Grade||Illinois Century Network|
|18||Annette Bahun||Eden MSHS||Eden, NY||6th Grade||NYSERNet|
|19||Barbara Cella||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||4th Grade||NYSERNet|
|20||Catherine Schuman||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||Pre-K and Kindergarten||NYSERNet|
|21||Elizabeth McLaughlin||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||2nd Grade||NYSERNet|
|22||Catherine Novaes||Stamford CSD||Stamford, NY||9th Grade||NYSERNet|
|23||Logan Betts||Chautauqua Lake Elementary School||Westfield, NY||6th Grade||NYSERNet|
|24||Lorrayne Bolger||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||5th Grade||NYSERNet|
|25||Karen Bramley||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||3rd Grade||NYSERNet|
|26||Katie Wolford||Unadilla Valley Middle School||New Berlin, NY||8th Grade||NYSERNet|
|27||Megan Tumilowicz||Unadilla Valley Central School||New Berlin, NY||7th Grade||NYSERNet|
|28||Stacey Vasta||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||6th Grade||NYSERNet|
|29||Morgan Park||Milford Central School|
|Kindergarten – 3rd Grade||NYSERNet|
|30||Rebecca Griffing||Roxbury Central School||Roxbury, NY||1st Grade||NYSERNet|
|31||Ruth Anderson||E. B. Frink Middle School||La Grange, NC||7th Grade||MCNC|
About the Internet2 Community Anchor Program
The Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) is a community-driven program focused on expanding access to advanced broadband services and putting them to work to increase educational opportunities for everyone. CAP projects and resources include the Presidential Primary Sources Project, K-12 curriculum resources, and library broadband resources. For more information, visit the CAP webpage or follow @Internet2CAP on Twitter.
Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 323 U.S. universities, 59 government agencies, 46 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 80,000 community anchor institutions, over 1,000 InCommon participants, and 54 leading corporations working with our community, and 70 national research and education network operators that represent more than 100 countries.
Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.
Senior Communications Specialist, Internet2