ITTIP is a PK-12 outreach of Longwood University. As our mission indicates, we specialize in providing professional development for PK-12 teachers in best practices for teaching and incorporating technology into the classroom. Most of our work is funded through public and private grants. One of our primary focuses for professional development is on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the classroom. At times, we also provide opportunities for students so that they will also become engaged learners through the use of technology.
School divisions in Superintendent’s Region 8 and SVRTC member divisions are our primary targets for professional development. However, we also have partnerships with divisions across Virginia and the nation and have also provided professional development on location for teachers in Ghana, India, South Africa, and New Zealand.
ITTIP staff and Longwood faculty provide the content instruction for professional development and student programs. All learning opportunities are initially advertised through our consortium Superintendents and central office personnel for distribution to teachers. We also post available opportunities on our website.
|Dr. Paula Klonowski Leach is the director of Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP). She first came to ITTIP in 2011 as a STEM Learning Specialist.
Before joining ITTIP, Dr. Leach was the state science coordinator at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for eight years. Prior to her work at VDOE, Dr. Leach was a division science coordinator, as well as a middle-school science and special education teacher, for Powhatan County Public Schools. A native of Lower Burrell, PA, near Pittsburgh, Leach is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and has a master’s and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Leach succeeded Dr. Manorama Talaiver, ITTIP director from June 2005 - June 2015.
ITTIP is located in the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC)