Honors for Two Educational Technology Leaders

At its Annual Educators' Salute on November 19, 2000 the Center for Enabling Technology honored two teachers, Karen Pike and Karen Warner, as CET's Exemplary Educators 2000. The Center for Enabling Technology is a non-profit organization which helps children and adults with disabilities gain access to the powerful world of computer technology. The CET Award is given to individuals from the New Jersey region who have demonstrated exemplary use of Computers and Educational Technology to support children or adults with disabilities.

Karen Pike

Karen Pike, author of the articles on pages 3 and 14, was recognized for her unique efforts to bring technology to students with learning disabilities. In her position of coordinator of the Lower School Learning Resource Center at Princeton Day School, she provides academic support services to students who are weak in reading and writing. In Karen's words, "My passion is to learn all that I can to use technology to enhance the educational experiences of students with learning disabilities." Karen is breaking new ground in her use of computers to help students develop their writing skills, find solutions to their reading problems, and organize themselves for the academic demands of school.

Karen Warner

Karen Warner is director of the Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) of Middlesex County. The county ETTC's were established four years ago by the New Jersey Department of Education to strengthen teachers' computer skills and enhance their ability to integrate computers into instruction. Karen Warner has made the Middlesex ETTC into one of the finest in the state. Under her leadership, the Middlesex ETTC has reached out to teachers of students with disabilities and has made training in assistive technology a high priority.

Karen Warner's interest in computers goes back many years. She received a masters degree in Computers and Instruction from the Bank Street College of Education, and for 10 years taught a course called Computer Applications for Special Populations at Kean University. Before taking on the directorship of the Middlesex ETTC she served as supervisor of technology for the Roselle Public Schools, and directed an innovative initiative called Project PULSE: Pupils Using Laptops in Science and English. CET recognized Karen Warner for her leadership in including the needs of students with disabilities in her ETTC's training of teachers.

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