Joseph P. Schramm entered teaching after receiving his Bachelors of Science in Education from SUNY Oswego in 1969. He was hired in 1969 by the Syracuse City School District and received his Masters in Education in 1971 through the Urban Teacher Program at Syracuse University. Joe taught at the intermediate grade level and thoroughly enjoyed his students and their families. Joe was remembered as a hard worker who was often found laughing with his colleagues as they developed new ideas and activities to help their students learn. In addition, Joe enjoyed working with administrators in developing statistics and programs to reach more children. Joe took a teacher-on-leave assignment to facilitate assessments and completed his CAS degree. Soon after, Joseph saw that the state was seeking to open Teacher Centers where new ideas could be collected and exchanged and where practitioners could access experts on content, skills, and research. From the beginning, equipment and technology were also part of the Teacher Center concept.
Joe facilitated the state network of Teacher Centers and supported many educators. Through the ease of conversations, Joe was able to support other directors apply the fundamental Teacher Center concepts to their own communities. Under his direction, the Syracuse Teacher Center became the "lighthouse" by which districts could model and network. When the state cut full time funding for Teacher Center Directors, Joe became an administrator with the Special Programs Department. While there he facilitated grant writing for public and private schools and was also involved with grants to address the needs of children with special needs. Throughout his career, Joe loved teaching and facilitating excellence in the teaching profession. Joe retired from the Syracuse City School District in September of 1999 and sadly passed away in October of 1999. – A company is only as strong as its executive leadership. This is a good place to show off who’s occupying the corner offices. Write a nice bio about each executive that includes what they do, how long they’ve been at it, and what got them to where they are.
We welcome you to participate in the annual Joseph P. Schramm Creative Instruction Project Mini-Grant Program. This program provides funds to be used for experimental and innovative projects. The focus of the program is to encourage creative instructional practices to improve student achievement. While individual award amounts differ, $30,000 has been allotted to fund creative instructional projects.