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2010 Faculty & Staff News

Koyzis and McGowan to assist with educational program of the European Union

March 11, 2010

Longwood faculty members Dr. Anthony Koyzis, dean of Graduate and Extended Studies, and Dr. Susan McGowan, assistant professor of education, were recently appointed to assist with the implementation of the "Thalis Educational Development Program," an initiative supported by the European Union. Drs. Koyzis and McGowan are members of a seven-member team charged with overseeing the continuation of a five-year program in Greece that focuses on professional development for educators at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels in the use of technology in education and employment training.  Drs. Koyzis and McGowan have received a $500,000 Euro grant to fund the project.

The goal of phase one of project was to enhance the educational technology capacity of Greek schools through the purchase and use of e-books. The goals of phase two include purchasing additional e-books for all students in the pilot schools; purchasing and utilizing Smart Boards in the pilot schools; providing professional development opportunities to educators from the pilot schools in the use of e-books and Smart Boards; designing and implementing an assessment and evaluation process focusing on measuring the effectiveness e-books and Smart Boards on teaching and learning; and reporting to the Greek Ministry of Education the findings of the project and providing recommendations for future actions.

Dr. Koyzis joined the Longwood faculty in 2008. He earned a B.A. in economics, political science and history; an M.A. in international comparative studies; and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies, all from the University of Iowa.

Dr. McGowan joined the Longwood faculty in 2007. She earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from Marymount University and an Ed.D. from The College of William and Mary.