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

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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.

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Todd Ullah – VP for STEM Education

Dr. Todd Ullah has been educational leader from science teacher to director of science and technology for Los Angeles City Schools. He received his doctorate at UCLA focusing on charter schools as systemic change in Los Angeles. He has been recognized for school improvement, parent engagement, college readiness, science education, and technology. Most recently, he is the Vice President for STEM Education at NEF, where works closely with the STEM+ Academy Directors to implement and maintain academies at over 20 schools across the US.

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Steve Canning – Project Specialist

Steve Canning is an Instructional Designer and adjunct instructor at SUNY Potsdam. He specializes in Education Technology 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. He also manages the Minecraft contests, and performs Moodle and Website administration.

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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.

Sidney Public Schools

The Sidney Public School District (Cheyenne County School District #1) is a state and NCA-accredited public school system located in the Nebraska Panhandle 100 miles east of Cheyenne, Wyoming. The District consists of 120 square miles including and surrounding the city of Sidney, the Cheyenne County seat with a population of 6500 people.

The District educates approximately 1200 students in grades K-12 at seven separate campuses: South Elementary (grades K-1), North Elementary (grades 2-3), Central Elementary (grade 4), West Elementary (grades 5-6), Sidney Middle School (grades 7-8), Sidney High School (grades 9-12), and the Alternative Education Center. In-town busing services are provided with stops at each of the campuses.

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N. L. Dillard Middle School

N.L. Dillard Middle School will provide students with an academically rich environment that focuses on character education and student achievement, thus preparing them to be lifelong learners.

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Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences

The Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences (MATHS), is a Baltimore City public charter school serving students in grades 6 -12. MATHS is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused school offering specialized pathways for students interested in these career areas.

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