About Us: Staff
Frank Gallagher, Executive Director
Frank Gallagher is Executive Director of Cable in the Classroom (CIC). He is a specialist in the areas of media and information literacy, internet safety, media education, and the impact of media on children and speaks frequently on those topics. Mr. Gallagher manages CIC's staff, work, and strategic direction. He was a consulting editor to CIC's publications, Cable in the Classroom Magazine and Threshold, and is also responsible for tracking the cable industry’s work with schools, and writing briefing materials for both the cable and education communities.
Mr. Gallagher has served on the board of directors of National PTA and is immediate past chair and a member of the executive committee of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and is on the Interim Board of the National Forum on Information Literacy. In addition, he is on the Communications Commission of California PTA, the national advisory board for the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and on the Washington, DC, advisory board of Common Sense Media. He is a recipient of a 2011 Family Online Safety Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement for his work in media literacy and digital citizenship.
Prior to joining Cable in the Classroom in 1995, Mr. Gallagher was an educator and taught in a Maryland middle school. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and received a master's degree in Instructional Systems Design from the University of Maryland.
Helen Chamberlin, Deputy Executive Director (fka Dimsdale)
As Deputy Executive Director, Cable in the Classroom (CIC), Helen Chamberlin is responsible for increasing awareness and developing CIC’s brand among its member companies, Washington policymakers and opinion leaders. Prior to her new role, Helen was part of National Cable and Telecommunications Association's (NCTA) Communications & Public Affairs team where she championed the strategic development and implementation of NCTA’s state-of-the-art theater by producing premieres of cable’s original programming. Other responsibilities included directing public relations efforts on industry-wide initiatives, producing both external and internal industry messaging, and as a spokesperson delivering varying industry positions to diverse audiences. From 2001 to 2006, Ms. Chamberlin produced ten TV Critics press tours held in Los Angeles while representing 22+ cable networks, negotiating all production/vendor contracts and directing media consultants on the industry’s behalf.
Ms. Chamberlin got her start in cable in 1995, by joining NCTA’s newly formed Program Network Policy department working to develop the industry’s standards and adoption of the voluntary ratings system among NCTA’s program network members. Ms. Chamberlin worked on other programmers’ regulatory proceedings including closed captioning, video description and multicast must-carry requirements. Prior to her employment at NCTA, Helen worked in the Government Relations and Public Affairs department, for the U.S. Telecomm Association (USTA), the oldest trade association representing the Bell Operating Companies and local exchange carriers. Prior to USTA, she served in various management roles for Marriott International which included the University of MD - University College Conference Center and George Washington University Catering Services.
Ms. Chamberlin has filled volunteer leadership positions within cable industry organizations including serving as the 2004 President of the Washington/Baltimore Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the industry’s leading advocacy organization for women. Outside of cable, she currently serves as Board Treasurer for the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum and the historic home of The National Woman’s Party. Closer to home, Helen currently serves as First Vice President of the Cleveland Park Civic Association and was instrumental in moving forward the renovation of the communities’ firehouse, Engine Co. 28.
Outside the office, Helen worked the weekend overnight shift as an on-air jock at Classic Rock 94.7 The Globe (CBS Radio) in Washington, DC. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Chamberlin holds a BS, Food Science from the University of Maryland (College Park), and a MS, Information and Telecommunications Systems Management from Capitol College, Laurel, MD.
Kat Stewart, Director, Strategic Initiatives
As Director for Strategic Initiatives at Cable in the Classroom (CIC), Kat Stewart assists in the implementation of strategic planning and plays a pivotal role in achieving CIC’s strategic and tactical goals. She leads CIC’s social media efforts, via platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, to distribute information, participate in conversations and position CIC as a thought leader in education technology.
Ms. Stewart is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Leadership's Education Policy Fellowship Program. She is also an active member in several national organizations including the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) , the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Association of Cable Communicators (ACC), and Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). She currently serves on the board of the WICT Washington/Baltimore Chapter as co-Programming Chair.
Prior to joining Cable in the Classroom, Ms. Stewart worked extensively in video production concentrating on internal communications during her tenure at EFX Media, a marketing and media communications company. She began her career at WKYU-PBS, producing educational programming for the state of Kentucky. She also worked in the Department of Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University where she created communities that enhanced student learning, development and academic success.
Ms. Stewart graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Broadcasting from Western Kentucky University.
Beverly Hicks, Assitant Director
As Assistant Director at Cable in the Classroom (CIC), Beverly Hicks assists in all aspects of CIC’s work, including contributing content to CIC website and communicating on behalf of CIC with representatives of CIC and NCTA member companies. She manages CIC’s administrative functions, the staff’s special projects, and assists with the management of technology including management of the CIC website. Her other responsibilities include participating in a variety of industry, education, and technology meetings, collaborating with other organizations, and serving as liaison to business sources and schools for the purpose of providing general information and enhancing public relations.
Prior to joining Cable in the Classroom, Ms. Hicks worked for National Cable & Telecommunications Association for 20 years, mostly with the Communications and Public Affairs Department. She began her career with the government and various private organizations. Ms. Hicks also had a successful career in insurance/financial sales.
Ms. Hicks is on the Membership Committee with the Professional Convention Management Associationand is a member of National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, Women in Cable Telecommunications, and Alliancefor Women in Media.
Ms. Hicks attended The University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College and is the mother of a wonderful son.
Does all the technological wizardry of the latest gadgets, games and applications inhibit our ability to concentrate? Does all this magical media provide a constant source of distraction that conditions our brains for short attention spans?
Some scholars believe that the ability to focus and concentrate is a strong predictor of success. The ability to attend to a problem, think about complexity, wrestle with potential solutions is fundamental to writing, science, mathematics and life in general.
Clifford Nass did pioneering studies of multitasking and found, guess what? We really don’t multitask well. Read more in this guest blog for I-KeepSafe.
In November, a Tennessee elementary school counselor decided to give her students a real-life demonstration of how fast things can spread on the Internet. She got more than she bargained for.
Julie Culp posted a photo on her Facebook, asking people to “like” it to show “how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people.” It went viral soon after, being reposted by radio personalities and getting press coverage around the world. And it garnered more than 4 million “likes.”
Culp certainly succeeded in illustrating how quickly images can spread.
By Kat Stewart
Over the last several months, Cable in the Classroom has rolled out InCtrl, a series of standards-based lesson plans that help 4-8 graders learn about digital citizenship. I’m happy to announce the final lesson in the series is available on the Cable in the Classroom website. There are now seven lessons, each covering a specific digital citizenship topic, that help students make thoughtful decisions and be in control online.
All of us at Cable in the Classroom are really proud of InCtrl.
By Eric Langhorst
This October teachers around the country are participating in activities for Connected Educator Month. Digital Citizenship Week (October 21-25, 2013) places an emphasis on how all of us – teachers, students and parents – can have thoughtful discussions about being ethical and responsible online. It’s so important to have these discussions considering the digital world in which we live.
I am a self-admitted geek – a Google Certified Teacher who carries multiple devices and instinctively checks for Wi-Fi access and electrical outlets whenever I enter a building – but I have no personal experience in navigating today’s digital world as a teenager.
When we talk to our kids about the Internet and their digital world, have we kept up with the times? Are we trying to scare them with stories of bad things that can happen or are we teaching them to be good digital citizens who are in control of their digital lives?
The old fear-based approach doesn’t work, and it isn’t supported by the research about online risks, about risk prevention, or about effective teaching and learning.
Today’s Google Doodle was in recognition of Jane Addams’ birthday. Addams (1860-1935) was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her work for women’s suffrage and world peace. She was most known for establishing Hull House, the first Settlement House in the US, providing a residence for woman, adult education classes, Kindergarten, and more.
In Addams’ time, information and training were scarce commodities, available in libraries, newspapers, schools and places like Hull House.
Today in Washington DC, traffic is snarled, the Metro is crowded, and the mood is festive. We get a lot of demonstrations and commemorations here in the Nation’s Capital. We natives like to think we’re above it all, going about our business as busloads of ardent citizens sally forth for this or that cause.
Today, however, is different. We mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, of the “I have a dream” speech. That day and that march changed America.
By Kat Stewart
InCtrl, a new initiative launched by Cable in the Classroom, is a series of free, standards-based lessons that teaches digital citizenship.
Digital citizenship empowers students to make thoughtful decisions and develop a sound digital foundation for the rest of their lives. It’s a holistic and positive approach to helping students learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping them understand their rights and responsibilities, recognize the benefits and risks, and realize the personal and ethical implications of their actions.
Earlier this summer, the Obama administration announced ConnectED, an initiative to provide schools with high-speed broadband, teachers with adequate professional development, and students with exciting digital content. By midsummer, the FCC opened proceedings to reform the e-Rate program to help pay for faster broadband connections to schools and the wireless, internal infrastructure necessary to get broadband to classrooms.
What are these initiatives trying to accomplish? What does a 21st Century digital learning environment look like?
For the past year the Partnership for 21st Century Skills has been visiting schools that exemplify 21st century teaching and learning, schools where kids are regularly practicing the four Cs: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.
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