About Us

The Cyberlearning STEM+ Academies program is a private-public partnership among the National Education Foundation, the State University of New York at Potsdam, Pearson Digital, Skillsoft, and public, private, and charter schools throughout the United States. We provide 21st century skills for disadvantaged students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) business, reading, management and test prep to close the academic and digital gaps. The goal is to set up a STEM+ CyberLearning Academy in most disadvantaged schools in the U.S. by 2020.
The National Education Foundation (NEF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Founded in 1989, after consultations with national leaders including former President Bill Clinton and Intel founder Dr. Gordon Moore, NEF is the world’s leading nonprofit organization bridging the employment, digital and academic divides by providing high quality affordable 21st Century online education to millions of students and jobseekers in many countries including the U.S., India, Egypt, Jordan and Mauritius. NEF offers 5,500 high quality K-99 online courses and mentoring using state-of-the-art LMS (Learning Management System) and interactive video platform

Our Team


Dr. Anthony Betrus – National Director of NEF STEM+ Academies

Dr. Anthony Betrus is a national expert in digital education systems and instructional technology. He is a professor of the Organizational Leadership, and Technology program at the State University of New York at Potsdam. His primary research area is using simulations and games to enhance teaching and learning environments.


Marshall ‘Mush’ Hughes – Assistant National Director of NEF STEM+ Academies

Marshall ‘Mush’ Hughes received his Masters Degree in Educational Technology from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2012. He has worked with the National Education Foundation for three years, and has lead several major projects including creating a nationally used Digital Literacy course, leading and developing technology teacher training for the US Virgin Islands, and most recently as the Assistant National Director for the NEF’s STEM+ Academy Program, where he works closely with Academy Directors to implement and maintain academies at over 20 schools across the US.


Steve Canning – Project Specialist

Steve Canning is an adjunct instructor in SUNY Potsdam’s Education Technology Graduate program and has been working with Dr. Kuttan and the NEF since 2010. He most recently finds himself working as a Project Specialist for the team, using his data analysis & educational background to deliver specific, targeted implementation strategies to Academies throughout the year.


Joe Smith- Graduate Assistant

Joe is entering his first year of his MS. in Organizational Performance and Technology with a concentration in OPLT. For his undergraduate he studied at SUNY Delhi . He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management and Technology, as well as an Associates in Applied Science- Business Administration.