Professional learning services and resources to empower teachers, edtech coaches, and administrators and inspire educational innovation.
With close to 40 years combined experience coaching edtech coaches, the work we do with teachers, individual coaches, teams of coaches, and administrators drives our passion. We help educators improve their practice by exploring promising practices that make the best use of instructional technologies, and reflecting on the effect it has on teaching and learning.
Karen Streeter is a Managing Director and Consultant at Cogent TLC LLC., where she works with edtech coaches and administrators as a consulting collaborator and leadership coach in the areas of coaching skills, adult learning, and team dynamics. Karen brings over 35 years of experience to this work centered on educational technology leadership.
Most recently, Karen was the Instructional Technology and Library Media Services Supervisor at Portsmouth Public Schools where she established and led the district team responsible for design training interventions and classroom resources based on the needs of the teaching staff. In that position, Karen educated teachers and district-level employees on the value and impact of technology initiatives, planned and implemented district wide roll out and training for software purchases and coordinated technology-based projects across all departments in the school division. Prior to joining Portsmouth, Karen worked in Academic Technology Services at Old Dominion University producing and marketing video teleconferences for distance learning initiatives.
Karen has dedicated her career to maximizing the potential of technology by equipping others to become strong agents of innovation and technology integrators. She’s had roles identifying and recruiting talent, developing a shared vision and communicating that to community stakeholders, as well as organizing and training teams. Karen has shared her commitment to transforming education and advocating for the most appropriate uses of technology as a member representative and then chair of the Consortium for Interactive Instruction (C.I.I.), a regional consortium of public and private schools in eastern Virginia. She supported local community partnerships to strengthen public education as a member of the Portsmouth Schools Foundation Board of Directors.
For the past 5 years, Ms. Streeter has consulted for The Source for Learning, enhancing their professional learning initiatives which reach a global audience. Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in speech communications and organizational development and a Master’s Degree in English, professional writing and rhetoric. She is a certified Zenger-Miller Frontline leader, a certified technical trainer, and holds a graduate certificate in instructional technology.
Ruth Okoye is a Managing Director and Consultant at Cogent TLC LLC., where she works with teachers and edtech coaches helping teachers to overcome barriers to technology implementation and increasing teacher capacity for edtech integration. Dr. Okoye has spent over 30 years using technology to increase educational outcomes for students with diverse needs and began her career leveraging technology to work with students who had special learning challenges and helping teachers understand how to replicate her success.
Most recently, Ruth was a district level instructional Technology Resource Teacher or edtech coach with Portsmouth Public Schools where she coordinated large-scale and district-wide training events. Prior to working as an edtech coach, Ruth worked as a literacy coach at a Title I school coordinating the reading intervention program and training classroom teachers to implement computer-based instructional programs for reading.
Ruth's career has been served by her ability to identify and understand instructional technology trends in K-12 education and associated teacher needs. She has integrated the use of technology in her work as a reading specialist in both public and private schools. Additionally, Ruth amplified her commitment to empowering educators and students as they harness technology to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning; first as a 7-year member of the ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN leadership team and most recently as an elected member of the ISTE Board of Directors where she contributed to guiding education technology policy and advocacy for funding.
For the past six years, Dr. Okoye has worked as the K-12 Director at The Source for Learning, a non-profit educational services organization. Ruth guides the organization’s strategic vision for the K-12 suite of products and services that focus on helping teachers of the “under and unserved” identify and use free web-based instructional tools. Okoye received a Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science from Hofstra University and a Masters of Education and Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from Regent University.
Cogent TLC can provide custom Professional Development services to promote pedagogically sound technology implementation in your setting. As every school has different needs, we customize our offerings so that educators can return to class with with useful strategies to try. We will work with small groups or your entire faculty. Let us know what your needs are and we’ll come up with a custom solution that meets them.
Karen and Ruth are available to conduct workshops, plan and present professional development, speak at events, host webinars and seminars and more. Want to work with us? Complete this form to get in touch.
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