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NERIC Receives National Award

Dale Braeult accepting the AESA awardThe Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) is the 2017 recipient of the Association of Educational Service Agencies' (AESA) Brian L. Talbott Award. This highly competitive national award acknowledges an individual or agency for contribution in the area of technological innovation and support to local districts and educational service agencies.

NERIC Director, Dale Breault Jr, accepted the award at the AESA Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX on December 2.

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been able to represent NERIC in San Antonio to accept this award for the work that we all do," said Dale. "It is too easy sometimes to focus so much on areas of improvement that we forget to celebrate what we are doing well. We should all take a moment to celebrate this national recognition."

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) interviewed Dale and several NERIC staff members when they learned of the award. Read their feature article, The Rodney Dangerfields of NYS education finally get some respect, which was published in the February 2018 edition of On Board.

AESA is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs), like BOCES and RICS, in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide. AESA's mission is to support and strengthen regional ESAs through such means as advocating nationally to assure that ESAs and the association’s policy platform are represented in and influence education legislation and policy discussions and decisions, providing professional growth opportunities for ESA leadership teams and their boards, and advancing the marketing or branding of ESAs as an indispensable partner in the education system.

Criteria for the Brian L. Talbott award stipulated advancement of the goals and philosophies of educational service agencies; evidence that agency/person has provided innovative technology support to constituent schools in the areas of instruction and/or business management that has caused positive improvement; and/or evidence that the agency/person has effectively used technology for enhancing the agency’s own operation and accountability.

The winning application from NERIC included examples of work being done by its Instructional Teams, highlighting the Model Schools and Distance Learning services, and incorporated the impact of NERIC's annual Technology Awareness Day. The conclusion of the application fittingly states that each of these programs has advanced the goals and philosophies of the NERIC and has provided innovative technology support to constituent schools in the areas of instruction, causing positive improvement across the regions served.

“We could not be more proud of NERIC and Dale Breault the director for receiving this national distinction,” said BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy. “This is a true testament to the hard work we all do on behalf of the students we serve. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor."

Photo: NERIC Director Dale Breault accepting the AESA award from Brian L. Talbott.