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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Mano Talaiver recognized for outstanding service in digital equity

March 4, 2010

Dr. Mano Talaiver

Dr. Manorama (Mano) Talaiver, director of Longwood University's Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP), has been selected to receive the Outstanding Service in Digital Equity Award from the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). The award will be presented at SITE's 21st International Conference to be held March 29-April 2 in San Diego.

The Outstanding Service in Digital Equity Award (OSDE) was established to recognize and encourage outstanding scholarship and service in the area of digital equity and increase awareness of the variety and range of successful approaches taken through teacher education for increasing equity over the many digital divides that affect our societies today-economic, cultural, physical and mental. SITE presents the award in anticipation that such recognition in the area of digital equity and teacher education will stimulate scholarship and service to

  • expand the knowledge base relative to teacher education;
  • promote equity in technology and teacher education; and
  • disseminate information nationally and internationally.

The presentation of the award also emphasizes SITE's concern for equity in technology and teacher education.

The criteria for the award include outstanding evidence of service to and impact on teacher education; service to digital equity; scholarship; (potential) systemic impact; overall initiative; and work as an innovation catalyst.

In February 2009, Dr. Talaiver received the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Promotion of K-12 Education at the 2009 STEM Global Competitiveness Conference. In January 2010, Senator Frank Ruff presented Dr. Talaiver with Resolution 34 from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Virginia commending her work with low income and minority students and rural school divisions and congratulating her on earning the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Promotion of Elementary Education.

The ITTIP, founded in 1999 and based in South Boston, is an outreach of Longwood that helps teachers integrate technology and disseminates research-based best practices in schools. It serves 35 school divisions in Central and Southside Virginia and works closely with the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium. Talaiver is the project director for the Central Virginia Technology Consortium, which includes 15 school divisions, in which she works with teachers and administrators in technology integration in classrooms.

The ITTIP has received math and science partnership grants from the Virginia Department of Education for the past three years and recently earned a second grant from the National Science Foundation for $1,049,777 to fund "Digispired ii: Workforce Investigation Inspiration for STEM (WiiSTEM)." The grant allows for the continuation of the Digispired project that began in June 2007 and was funded by an $891,000 grant from the NSF. The project serves students and teachers in rural communities of Southside Virginia.

Talaiver, a native of Sivakasi, India, came to the United States in 1981. In addition to her previous position at the Science Museum of Virginia, she was a technology specialist with the Chesterfield County schools (1996-2000) and at the Mathematics & Science Center in Richmond (1988-96), and she was a math, sciences and computer teacher at Richmond Christian School (1986-88). In India, she was a faculty member at Lady Doak College in Madurai from 1970 to 1981, becoming professor of mathematical economics, and also held several administrative positions, including dean of students her last two years.

Talaiver is co-chair of SITE's workforce education special interest group and is a board member of the Virginia Mathematics and Science Coalition. She is a former president of the telelearning (now known as online learning) special interest group of the International Society for Technology in Education and was involved with the society's annual conference and program committee for the 2009 NECC Conference.

Talaiver earned an Ed.D. from the University of Georgia, an M.A. from the Victoria University of Manchester, an M.S. from Madurai University, and a B.S. from Madras University.