About Us

Advisory Board

Hilary Wilder, EdD, is Professor in the Educational Leadership and Professional Studies department at William Paterson University of New Jersey in the United States, where she teaches courses in Educational Technology and directs the graduate programs in Learning Technologies. In addition to her work in New Jersey, since 2001, she has been working with the National Institute for Educational Development in Namibia and the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia on curriculum development and educational technology projects. More recently, she worked with the National Center for Educational Resource Development in Guyana. Her research includes the use of ICTs in teacher education programs in developing nations, using ICTs to facilitate international collaborations in classrooms, using social networking technologies to promote writing literacies, and the feasibility of mobile-assisted learning systems. More at http://www.wpunj.edu/coe/departments/elps/faculty/wilder-hilary.dot

Michael Searson, PhD,  is executive director of the School for Global Education & Innovation at Kean University. This new school works within the intersection among global education, learning technologies and world languages. He becomes president of the Society of Information Technology & Teacher Education(SITE) in March 2011. Searson previously served as SITE Vice President and Chair of the Consultative Council, and is founding chairperson of SITE SIG on Games & Simulations. Much of his recent work has focused on international initiatives, such as chairing the 2009 Xi Hu Conference on 21st Century Learning in China. He has also worked with educators from Angola, Australia, Cambodia, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, and the UK, among other countries. He serves on the Global Learn Asia Pacific Executive Committee and was a keynote speaker for the 2010 24/7 online Global Education Conference, hosted by Elluminate and the Global Education Collaborative. Other capacities for Dr. Searson include his work as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), serving on its Advisory Board from 2008-2010; as a Curriki Hearst Fellow, where he served with a number of higher education colleagues exploring Open Education Resource applications in teacher education programs; and participation in the Google Teacher Academy.

Core Board Members

Nusrat Sohail, Founder and Co-President, MA Education,  is the Director of Startalk Urdu Language Camp at West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey. She has been involved with the teaching profession in different capacities for more than twelve years. She has taught Social Studies in New Jersey Public Schools for seven years and worked in Pakistani schools for more than five years. She has been actively involved in many academic, cultural and community affairs. In addition, she has been working as a teacher training instructor at Hindi-Urdu language teachers at NYU. She also supervises student-teachers at Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She has acquired two masters degrees; first one is M.A. in South Asian History from Karachi University, Pakistan and second one is M.A.T. in Education from Monmouth University, New Jersey. Currently she is completing a postgraduate program in ‘Educational Leadership’ to get Supervisor and Principal license for New Jersey Schools. She also endeavors to introduce Urdu language in different academic settings in New Jersey including Kean University. She is also involved in creating Urdu language materials and getting them published. She is also providing services to DLI by creating Urdu assessments.