Program Manager for the Office of Digital Literacy & Inclusion
Laura Ogando began her career in the DOE as an elementary special education teacher in a 12:1:1 classroom for 5 years and spent another year in a 1st grade ICT classroom. It was in these settings that she became an advocate for using technology to bring equity and access to all learners. She worked in her school’s media center as a digital literacy specialist for the following 4 years, where she designed and developed her own curriculum that brought together digital literacy, computer science, and project-based learning. Most recently, Laura transitioned to the role of Program Manager for Digital Literacy and Inclusion with the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). She has been training teachers, in the DOE and around the country, in accessibility, Google tools for education, and digital literacy and citizenship. Laura is a certified Google level 1 and 2 educator and is a Google Innovator part of the #NYC19 cohort. She is also a certified BrainPOP educator, a Common Sense Media educator, and an Apple Teacher. She is an active member and moderator of the #NYCSchoolsTech community on Facebook.