The Educational Technology Center at World Education seeks to meet the evolving education and training needs of under-educated adults and youth through high-quality, innovative services aimed at increasing local staff skills and program capacity. The EdTech Center supports educators and local partners in the integration of digital technologies into instruction, promotes digital literacy and access to accelerate learning, college and career readiness, and offers mobile and online learning opportunities.
Meet our Team
Kaye Beall is the Director of the LINCS Professional Development Center. Kaye is a skilled facilitator and project director with the ability to build instructional and programmatic capacity. She also serves as an instructional designer for World Education E-Learning.
Ben Bruno is an Instructional Technologist at World Education, Inc. As Instructional Technologist, Ben produces webinars, creates online audiovisual content, enhances website design, and leads online course development and tech support for World Education E-Learning.
John Comings, EdD
Senior Technical Consultant
John Comings, EdD, is a Senior Technical Consultant at World Education and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From April 2012 to October 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as an Education Policy Advisor focused on USAID’s early-grade reading initiative, with a particular emphasis on the use of technology. Before that, he was a Principal International Technical Advisor at the Education Development Center from 2008 to 2012. From 1996 to 2008, he was Director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Before Harvard, Dr. Comings spent 12 years as Vice President of World Education.
Director for Youth Development
Estelle Day has twenty-one years’ experience of working in the international education sector, focusing mainly on education programs for vulnerable youth in Asia, especially girls. Ms. Day has extensive experience in the planning, design, oversight, implementation, testing, monitoring and evaluation of formal and nonformal education interventions, with an increasing emphasis on the integration of technology for improved learning outcomes. Youth programming interventions span life skills curriculum development, teacher education, workplace readiness, practical and technical skills training, youth-led programming, and parental engagement.
Director of Career Pathways
Sandy Goodman’s expertise is in college readiness and career pathways initiatives. She designs and facilitates e-learning and blended professional development and develops training for new trainers and facilitators. Currently, Sandy leads the capacity building component of the Massachusetts Career Readiness Initiative, a statewide, multi-agency effort to increase the educational and career attainment of Massachusetts residents. In that role, she assists adult education programs, career centers, and community colleges to incorporate blended learning approaches using ACT’s Career Ready 101 system.
David Noyes, PhD
Chief of Party and Senior Capacity Building Expert USAID | Aprender a Ler Program
Dr. David Noyes has over eight years of experience managing and implementing community development and education programs in Africa. He currently serves as the Chief of Party and Senior Institutional Capacity Building Expert for the USAID|Aprender a Ler (ApaL) project in Mozambique, implemented by World Education, Inc. In this role, he provides senior level support to all Institutional Capacity Building and Monitoring and Evaluation actives for the program, including providing leadership to all data collection activities associated with the program impact evaluation. Additionally, he spearheaded development of the mobile-based Rapid School Assessment, which develops the capacity of local education institutions to monitor school-level results and improve data-driven provision of pedagogical and management support.
Assistant Director of the Ed-Tech Center
Leah Peterson manages the E-Learning Professional Development program, coordinates the IDEAL Consortium, and is the editor for the Tech Tips for Teachers blog. She also coordinates the communications efforts for World Education/U.S. Leah is working toward her M.Ed in E-Learning and Instructional Design at Northeastern University. Her current interests include asynchronous communication techniques, technology integration, and innovative practice.
Senior Advisor, EdTech Center
Steve Quann is the Senior Advisor of the EdTech Center at World Education. Steve has a M.Ed and a graduate certificate in instructional technology design. In his role as senior instructional designer, he leads course development and implementation for E-Learning Professional Development, new IDEAL Consortium courses and the High School Equivalency Program for Out-of-School Migrant Youth. He has co-authored two books on technology integration into instruction and facilitates workshops in the United States and internationally.
Social Media Specialist and Instructional Developer
Priyanka Sharma is Coordinator of the National College Transition Network (NCTN) at World Education, Inc. Her areas of expertise include transition to postsecondary education and training for nontraditional students, professional development for educators and E-Learning. Priyanka facilitates online courses and works on online course development. She also serves as social media expert.
Huai-Ming Sun is an Education Technical Advisor at World Education, Inc. With over ten years of experience in education and international development, Ms. Sun is deeply committed to the role of education in the developing country context. At World Education, she currently provides advisory to a broad range of programs that focus on adult and teen functional literacy, mobile-based interventions, local capacity development, and public-private partnerships. Ms. Sun has also supported international programs on child labor, human trafficking, gender inclusion, formal education support services, and conflict mitigation and management. Prior to working at World Education, she spent time in the classroom, both formal and informal settings, teaching math and science to secondary school-aged children.
Director of the IDEAL Consortium
Jen Vanek is Director of the IDEAL Consortium at the EdTech Center. She is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction/Second Languages & Cultures at the University of Minnesota. She’s been working in the field of adult literacy since receiving her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. Her recent work centers on creating online content for Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and supporting the professional development of ESL and ABE teachers in the area of digital literacy, distance learning, and adult career pathways.
Willem van de Waal is a senior advisor for World Education, with extensive field experience in several Asian and African countries. He has developed and led projects related to early literacy that included the use of digital teaching aids and M-learning tools.
Ebony Vandross supports E-Learning and the EdTech Center, both for the U.S. and International Teams. She also works on publications and program development. Ebony comes to us from the MCPHS University where she did administrative work for the past seven years.
Alison Ascher Webber
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Alison is a national expert in adult education and mobile learning. As the Education Director for Cell-Ed, Alison led user experience, curriculum design, teacher training, and partnership development and helped grow Cell-Ed’s active users from 20 to over 1,000 low-wage agricultural and service economy workers through employer, union, government, and non-profit partnerships. Most recently, as Associate Director at Avasant Foundation she has supported innovative edtech and employment initiatives for youth in the Caribbean, Africa, and India.
Alison has developed curricula, trained teachers, and led adult education programs serving low-wage immigrant workers in California for over 15 years. She brings to World Education deep expertise and experience designing and managing adult education initiatives as the first Executive Director of the Leadership Training & Education Fund and later helping lead the associated statewide non-profit, Building Skills Partnership. The ADVANCE Workplace English and tutoring programs she developed for janitors at leading high-tech companies and universities in Silicon Valley were recognized by the Migration Policy Institute as innovative models for immigrant integration.