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About ETPRO

Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach (ETPRO), a research and development organization located in Maryland, advances the design, delivery and evaluation of innovative programs that connect educational technology policy and research to instructional practice. ETPRO brings more than two decades of experience in the educational community, and more than a decade of experience in evaluating both formal and informal educational programs at the K-20 level, and conducting educational technology policy analysis. ETPRO’s expertise is founded on a combination of classroom practice across K-16 tied with a solid research base. 

Our services include research, evaluation, training, educational material development and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives. ETPRO enjoys a worldwide reputation for its excellence in program development and fiscal management and for the scale and impact of its work.

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ETPRO has pioneered strategies that link the worlds of policy, research, and business and education practice. From ETPRO’s earliest years, we have fulfilled the distinctive roles of catalyst, innovator, and developer and have proven to be an effective instrument for organizational improvement and renewal. ETPRO’s programs and products, developed in collaboration with multiple partners, consistently advance development for individuals of all ages and institutions of all types.

ETPRO’s capabilities include:

  • Project & Program Planning, Design, Delivery
  • Training and Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Materials Development
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Publication and Distribution
  • Online Learning
  • Public Policy Development
  • Media Outreach and Social Marketing
  • Institutional Development
  • Equity Recruitment and Retention

ETPRO FACT SHEET

ETPRO: Educational Technology Policy, Research and Outreach, Inc.

Founded: 2007

President and CEO: Davina Pruitt-Mentle, PhD

Funding: ETPRO work is supported through grants and contracts from a number of sources including U.S. local, state, and federal agencies, international agencies, private foundations, higher education institutions, and corporations.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Education and Workforce Development Research and Evaluation
  • Educational Technology Policy Analysis
  • Professional Development and Training
  • STEM Curriculum and Material Development
  • C3®: Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity
  • CyberSTEMTM Initiatives

Corporate Structure

ETPRO’s work is organized as individually funded projects that are housed in our four divisions: C3 Institute, NCWC-K12,  Policy and Research, and Evaluation, and  Innovative Programs. Project staff  work within and across these entrepreneurial divisions to address specific challenges and build multi-faceted responses. This structure provides ETPRO with the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and to meet a variety of complex challenges.

Corporate Headquarters:

5333 Broadwater
Clarksville, MD 21029
Telephone: 301 503 8070
Fax: 443 740 9101

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Partners

ETPRO's work is supported through grants and contracts from a variety of sources, including U.S. agencies, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and corporations.

Corporations

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Development Company
  • Symantec
  • Google
  • LifeLock

Foundations/Non Profit

  • AT&T Foundation
  • SHAKTI Warriors
  • iKeepSafe
  • CompTIA
  • Cengage Learning
  • MHEC
  • MSET

Federal

  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Justice

 

History

ETPRO originated from the Educational Technology Outreach division of the College of Education, at the University of Maryland, and in 2007 was founded as an entrepreneurial entity committed to quality education for all learners, targeting the effective use of cutting edge technology in formal and informal educational settings to increase interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

The fundamental gap between technology use and the understanding of proper practices, led ETPRO to the forefront of research, program evaluation and development of Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and Cybersecurity (C3®)  and CyberSTEM™ initiatives.

Founder

Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle recognized early on that the presence of a holistic policy framework could strengthen the already positive directions made by many Internet safety providers, education entities and state attorney general offices. Adopting a policy framework adds the potential to broaden the impact on students, teachers, and parents in addressing ALL areas determined by government, business and industry, health agencies, and education to be of increasing importance. The C3 Framework was originally conceived in 2000, and has been embraced and adopted by CyberWatch, the National Cyber Security Alliance, and several Internet safety providers and state educational agencies to guide the design of their policies, recommendations, and content.

The C3 theoretical framework can be used to inform a national, regional, or local agenda. Its three dimensions are based on practical circumstances and experiences with educating students and teachers, with input from multiple stakeholders including parents, students, educators, technology coordinators, media specialists, curriculum resource teachers, Internet safety providers, and industry security specialists and serves as a basis for behavioral change. The logo with its overlapping rings of Cyberethics, Cybersafety, and CyberSecurity indicates the subject areas have common ground, but also have significant differences that must be discussed separately, including both subject matter and psychological and intervention differences.

ETPRO conducted the National C3 Baseline Study, funded by the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008, and a follow on Survey in 2010. These initial efforts have led to the National C3 Education Research Project.

The CyberSTEM™ program curriculum is based on the Young Scholars Program (YSP) content, Students, Learning and Technology, developed by Pruitt-Mentle, initiated in 2001 at the University of Maryland, College of Education. The YSP is a campus wide initiative to attract high school students to pursue academic interests, explore career opportunities, earn three college credits, and discover campus life at the University of Maryland. Each college developed a signature program. The purpose of the College of Education’s program was to foster excellence in 21st century skills to help students succeed in college, and prepare themselves with the skills necessary to meet the shifting and constantly changing demands of the future workplace. Students gained valuable skills related to digital literacy while exploring career opportunities related to the STEM fields. Students investigated the design and use of games and simulations for educational purposes, the research and development issues associated with each, and experience various modeling and simulation software packages and programming languages (MicroWorlds, Excel, RoboLab, Scratch, GoogleSketchUp, StarLogo and other open source applications). Through the National Science Foundation  funded CyberWatch Advanced Technology Education grant, the program was expanded to specifically explore career opportunities related to CyberSecurity . Materials were developed, piloted, evaluated, and adjusted. ETPRO continues to led the CyberWatch K12 Division efforts and other CyberSTEM™ initiatives, content, summer programs and research.