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Via Evaluation Grant Project Evaluation Workshop a Success!

  July 9, 2018 Dr. Gary Ciurczak, Founder of Via Evaluation, provided the second half of the training day shared with Margit Brazda Poirier, M.S., GPC, of Grants 4 Good, at Fountain Plaza last week. A special thanks to Five Star Bank, who provided the excellent venue and breakfast! Workshop attendees included non-profit and university executive directors, managers, project directors, grant writers, and those interested in an overview of grant…

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VIA Seeking Interns for Evaluation Team!

June 19, 2018 VIA is seeking part-time paid Interns for the upcoming school year to join our team from September 2018 through May 2019. We are looking for individuals who want to learn how to apply their developing research skills and interests to help real-life programs improve. You will work and learn, with the guidance of Evaluators and Research Associates, to develop data management systems, clean real-world data, analyze results,…

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1-day Intro: Grant Writing & Project Evaluation workshop!

June 12, 2018 On Monday June 25th, VIA’s Founder, Dr. Ciurczak (Gary) and Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, M.S., Founder of Grants4Good LLC, are hosting a full day workshop to cover ‘all you need to know to get started in grant writing’ in Buffalo, NY. They are eager to share their many years of experience in the field to give you best practices and key information if you are starting out…

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Via Welcomes Kelli Cavo!

5/23/18 We are excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Kelli Cavo! Kelli will be joining  the administrative team as our with Komani and Gary, as the Office Manager. She brings a wealth of experience from her time at Gerard Place and Western New York Women’s Foundation as the Director of Development.

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Amy attended the SUNY Erie Mentorship Program Brunch

May 21, 2018 Now that Amy Puca has found her professional home here at VIA, she decided to help others find their way as a mentor in the SUNY Erie Mentorship Program. Amy worked with Chelsea Simmeth, her mentee, throughout the Spring 2018 semester on a variety of college and career topics, including future plans, life in the workplace, balancing responsibilities, and choosing an appropriate and balanced college course load.…

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Four Reasons to Consider Applying for the NYS Learning Technology Grant

May 18, 2018 The 2018-21 Learning Technology Grant was released by NYSED, due 6/8/2018. There is still time to decide to apply if you act now. Here are four reasons that may help your district make that decision. Funding is higher than it was in the past. The award maximum is now $100K/year for three years for an eligible (outside of the Big 4) district, and $200K/year for three years…

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VIA volunteering!

May 2, 2018 VIA staff serve on several advisory committees and in other volunteer roles. Our highlight of this community service today is the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Research Advisory Committee through the United Way of New York State. Caroline Taggart and Jessica Weitzel have served on the committee. United Ways from 18 states are collaborating on the ALICE project to ‘quantify and describe the number of households…

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NYS Learning Technology Grant RFP out now!

May 1, 2018 The 2018-21 Learning Technology Grant was released by NYSED. Its purpose is to have grantees: “develop, implement, and share innovative programs that utilize learning technologies to personalize learning and/or increase access to high-quality, rigorous learning experiences, as well as professional development programs to assist teachers and educational leaders in effectively utilizing learning technology to enhance teaching and learning (from the RFP).” This RFP is very different than…

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VIA in the news!

April 27, 2018 Via Evaluation had the privilege to complete the analysis for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and then present it to the board of Buffalo Public Schools. Both The Buffalo News, and WBFO reported on the project: http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/22/violence-drugs-suicide-survey-shows-buffalo-students-face-myriad-issues/ http://news.wbfo.org/post/preliminary-results-cdc-youth-risk-behavior-survey The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a reliable, national survey tool created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess six categories of priority health-risk…

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