Dr. Sheila Cory is the Director of Technology Services for the Principals' Executive Program (PEP) of the University of North Carolina. PEP has offered leadership-focused professional development to North Carolina school administrators for fifteen years.
Dr. Cory received her BA and teaching certificate from San Francisco State University. She received both her MA and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. She became interested in technology and education in 1976, when she was teaching first grade and her family assembled a computer from a kit.
Dr. Cory provided leadership for instructional technology in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools from 1983 through 1996. During those years, she also had major responsibilities in areas of testing and program evaluation, professional development, media services, curriculum restructuring and site-based management. When she began working with the school district, there was one computer in each school, purchased by the PTAs. Under Dr. Cory's leadership, the school district was among the first group nationally to put in place some practices such as school technology specialists, technology-infused classrooms, intensive professional development, technology planning that focused on curriculum and pedagogy, etc.
In her current work with PEP, Dr. Cory offers technology-related leadership training to school administrators. Last year PEP offered a 10-day residential program entitled Principals as Technology Leaders (PATL). For the next three years, PEP will be offering that program to the majority of principals and superintendents in North Carolina with funding assistance from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. For the PATL curriculum, Dr. Cory developed Taking a Good Look at Instructional Technology (TAGLIT), a suite of on-line technology assessment tools to help school administrators understand the current status of technology use in their schools. Available online at http://www.peptaglit.org/taglit/default.htm, these tools were used by the BellSouth Foundation to evaluate their EduPwr3 Grants.
Dr. Cory has served on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education and has published a book and many articles on instructional technology. She is also a frequent speaker at state and national conferences.