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Gibran T. Majdalany

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., University of Kansas; M.A., Ed.M., M. Phil., Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Majdalany is Deputy Chair of the Superintendents Work Conference, and Deputy Director of the Inquiry Ed.D. Program, at Teachers College.  He is also an Adj. Associate Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership, at Teachers College.  

He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Kansas; and his M.A., M.Ed., M.Phil, and Ed.D. degrees in Educational Administration from Teachers College.

Dr. Majdalany's expertise is in the area of Staff Development; information systems; implementation of integrated technology in education; Distance Learning; youth culture; program evaluation, action research and system dynamics in education.

One of his latest articles appeared in the ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education # 150 "Implementing Distance Learning in Urban Schools."

He is currently teaching "Information Systems" in the Inquiry program at Teachers College, and has been conducting district-wide workshops at school districts in New Jersey and New York, instructing teachers on ways to bring the Internet into the classroom and to integrate it with curriculum.

He has also conducted seminars and made presentations on technology and education at several conferences in New York and elsewhere.

Two years ago he made two presentations on Distance Learning at the annual convention of the Near East and South Asian Council of the American Overseas Schools in Cairo, Egypt, and also in the US Island of St. John in the Caribbean.

Recently he went to Lebanon by invitation of the new president of the American University of Beirut, Dr. John Waterbury, and conducted an assessment of their educational division and programs.

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Papers, Seminars Presentations & Others

"Motivation and Educational Achievement, The Technology Perspective".  Keynote speaker at the Seventh National Forum 2003 of the "Instituciones De Ensenanza Particular De La Republica Mexica, A. C."  an organization for independent and private schools in Mexico. (November 15, 2003)

 "Integrating the Internet into Classroom Instruction".  Three workshops with teachers and administrators at Nyack Public Schools, November 4th, 2003.

"Technology Seminar at the Future Schools Administrators Academy".  This special seminar was part of a graduate course offered by Teachers College, Columbia University to the 25 students in the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES' "FSAA". The students were introduced to the Principal Connections: A Guide to Technology Leadership, and played the role of the principal as a technology leader.. (April 2003)

"Technology Training for K-12 Teachers" A year-long weekly technology consultation sessions for staff at Holmdel Public Schools, in NJ.  During these informal sessions I addressed specific questions posed by the teachers.  Staff members were then able to apply what they've learned in the classroom.  I was available throughout the day to enable teachers to meet with me during their prep periods.  Some of the sessions were for teachers that focused on applications of the new wireless lab donated by the PSA and HFEE.  That mobile lab provided a learning center in each classroom, furthering the opportunity for differentiated instruction and alternative activities.  (Academic year 2002)

"Technology Training @ Hawthorne Cedar Knolls UFSD, Westchester, NY"

A series of four workshops for teachers, basically showing them ways to integrate technology with curriculum in their classrooms. (June 4, 7, 11, 13, 2002)

"Technology Training @ Greenburgh CSD # 7, Westchester, NY"

A workshop for teachers, and students at the Westchester Magnet Academy. (May 9, 2002)

"Technology Need Assessment @ The Baldwin School in Puerto Rico" 3 days visit and consultation with trustees, faculty, staff and students at this distinguished private school in Puerto Rico, a technology blue print proposal was submitted. (November 2001)

"Staff Development & Technology " a semi weekly workshop & consultation at Yonkers Public Schools - School 13 implementing technology in an Elementary school environment, The Federal Magnet Assistance Grant, Fall 2000 & Spring 2001.

"Technology for Parents & Community " a weekly workshop and training at Yonkers Public Schools - School 13 for parents and community members, The 21st Century Grant, Fall 2000 & Spring 2001.

"PowerPoint in the Classroom " two workshops with hands-on training for teachers on using PowerPoint in their classroom, at Yonkers Public Schools - School 9,March and April 2001.

"Implementing Distance Learning in Urban Schools", an ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education research paper, ISSN 0889 8049, EDO-UD-99-10, Number 130, December 1999.

"Using the Web in The Science Classroom", a workshop delivered to the science teachers at Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD in Long Island, Nassau County, NY, November 2, 1999.

"The Web for Foreign Language Teachers", a workshop delivered to the foreign language department at Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD in Long Island, Nassau County, NY, November 2, 1999.

"Workshops and Technology Consultation on Videoconferencing, Distance Learning, & Integration of Technology and Curriculum in the Classroom" a weekly district-wide visit to the public schools in Bound Brook, NJ, Fall 1999 & Spring 2000.

"Implementing Technology in the Classroom" a weekly workshop & consultation at Yonkers Public Schools - School 13 on learning and using technology in an Elementary school environment, Fall 1999 & Spring 2000.

"Technology and Professional Development", a workshop delivered to the teachers of the Pine Peace School at St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, November 1, 1999.

"Integrating the Internet with the Curriculum", a workshop delivered to K-12 teachers at Plainview-Old Bethpage CSD in Long Island, Nassau County, NY, October 21, 1999.

"Technology Goldmines, The Web & Beyond", a series of three workshops delivered to a national group of superintendents of schools from July 15 to the 23rd, 1999, at the 58th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, at Teachers College, Columbia University.

"An Assessment of the Division of Education Programs and its Constituent Departments at The American University of Beirut".  I was part of a team of two academics from the U.S. invited by the President of the AUB John Waterburry to visit their campus in Beirut, Lebanon, and conduct this comprehensive assessment.  June 7 to 11, 1999.

"The Internet for Adult and Senior Citizens", a workshop at Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District, NY, May 20th, 1999.

"Exploring The Internet with K-12 teachers".  Two series of 6 workshops each, for teachers at Uniondale Union Free School District, NY, from January to March, 1999.  The sessions covered the following segments of the Internet:       E-mail, Mailing Lists, Newsgroups, Chat, The Web, Building a Homepage, Audio and Video Conferencing, Internet Integration, Creating Internet Lesson Plans and Internet Projects, and Safety and Security.

"How to Create Your Own Web Page", a special workshop for parents and residents of Uniondale UFSD, April 12, 1999.

"Exploring Teleconferencing and Internet-based Video-conferencing Technology for the Classroom", Part I: A presentation at the NESA (Near East and South Asia Council of the American Overseas Schools) annual convention in Cairo, Egypt, at the Cairo American College, October 17, 1998.

"Distance Learning, Case Studies & Solutions", Part II: A presentation at the NESA (Near East and South Asia Council of The American Overseas Schools) annual convention in Cairo, Egypt, October, 18, 1998.

Grant Advisor on "Making Connections, The Infostructure" a $100,000 educational technology grant for Bound Brook Public Schools, N.J. RFP #99-CC04-L07, New Jersey Department of Education, October, 1998.

"The Internet for the School Superintendent", Three seminars for superintendents of schools from across the country who attended the 57th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, July 10, 13,15, 1998.  

"Exploring Exciting Interactive Distance Learning Options for the Classroom: Why, What and How?" A Workshop organized and presented at the Westchester Education Coalition's 8th Annual Conference, April 29, 1998 at SUNY, Purchase, NY, under the theme "Technology and Standards: Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Business". Working in partnership with schools, colleges, social service agencies, government, business, parents, and the communities of Westchester and Putnam counties, NY.

"The Distance Learning Solutions, Introducing White Pine's ClassPoint." An open house/technology presentation exploring how Distance Learning is an effective communications tool in enhancing educational experiences, and in conducting corporate training or communications with clients, employees. Etc, and how to provide an opportunity for schools/universities and corporations       to learn how to implement cost-effective, viable distance learning solutions.  Teachers College, Columbia University, March 20th, 1998.

"Using the Internet to Teach Math and Related Areas in the Elementary School", A series of 10 workshops and special classroom consultation organized and presented to the faculty of 3 elementary schools at Bound Brook School District in New Jersey, Spring 1998.  Topics included the following: how to integrate the Internet into your favorite lesson plans and classroom activities, how to use the Net for professional development and networking with math teachers around the globe, how to mine the Internet for instructional resources in math and science you won't find anywhere else, and introduction to several math web sites such as: The Math Forum, Math Magic, Ask Dr. Math.

"Internet Technologies for the Classroom", A series of 12 workshops organized and presented to the K-6 faculty at School 13, Yonkers Public Schools in New York, Spring and Summer 1998. Topics included: fundamentals of e-mail, mailing lists, newsgroups, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), The World Wide Web and basic HTML, Pen Pals and lesson plans that integrate the Internet into the curriculum, and Internet safety and security in school.

"Internet Technologies & Curriculum Integration", A series of 16 workshops organized and presented to the K-12 faculty at Bound Brook School District in New Jersey, Fall, 1997 & Spring 1998.  Topics included the following: the Internet defined, fundamentals of e-mail, mailing lists defined, newsgroups defined, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Internet Relay Chat (IRC), the World Wide Web (WWW), HTML and building your own homepage, virtual educational tours over the Internet, audio and video-conferencing, Internet integration, creating Internet lesson plans, creating Internet projects, safety and security, and funding sources for school telecommunications programs.

"Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web", a multimedia presentation to the faculty and new students in the program of Educational Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, September 2, 1997.

"The Electronic Community - with emphasis on Distance Learning, Video Conferencing, Newsgroups, Homepages...etc", - a multimedia presentation to over 50 superintendents of schools from across the country, at the 56th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, July 17, 1997.

"Computer Literacy for the Superintendent of Schools", Three seminars for superintendents of schools from across the country who attended the 56th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, July 11, 14,15, 1997.

"Learning Technologies for the Development of Adults - The Internet and Video Conferencing ", - a multimedia presentation for the AEGIS (Adult and Continuing Education) program at Teachers College, Columbia University, May 10, 1997.

Grant Investigator on "Internet Connection" for Huntington, W.V. Hospital and its Affiliated Behavioral Health Center, sponsored by Bell Atlantic, May 15, 1996.

"Networking and E-Mail", a multimedia presentation for the new Inquiry Cohort in Educational Administration, at Teachers College, Columbia University, May 18, 1996.

Grant Advisor on "Internet Connection for Medical Institutions"  RFA: LM-96-001, sponsored by The National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health, June, 1996.

"Communications Technology for the Superintendents of Schools", a multimedia presentation at the 55th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, July 16, 1996.

"On Growing up in America, Youth Today", an article on youth and youth culture published in an international bilingual magazine (Dahesh Voice, September 1995).

"Survey of Opinions and Concerns of the Superintendents of the Capital Cities of the World", a survey questionnaire designed to document and assess the status of the educational leadership in the 50 largest cities of the world. Conducted preliminary planning for an international conference to be sponsored by Teachers College, and New York City Board of Education, June, 1995.

"Training the CEO of Schools, an Analysis of the Teachers College Superintendents Work Conference", dissertation - Teachers College, Columbia University, 1995.

"A Comparative Review of the Educational Systems in the Middle East", background briefing for Clarence Pearson, VP for Health & Safety in Education Division of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company who was attending an International Health Education conference in Morocco, 1983.

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

working in schools

ORLA 5020: Information systems for decision making in learning organizations

A theoretical, conceptual, and operational analysis of information systems used for decision making and problem solving in learning organizations. An integral part of the course involves developing the technical and analytical skills necessary to manage information systems, with an emphasis on those systems that are designed to make it possible for organizations to transform their information-based systems into knowledge-based systems. Emphasis is also placed on understanding the environmental system in which the organization exists.