Maria Gallo, Director, Professional Development & Special Programs

Maria Gallo oversees the professional development programs of the Center and manages the presentation of Center programs and curricula at conferences, both nationally and internationally. Gallo also directs the Citizens Not Spectators voting curriculum and the annual American Civic Educator Teacher Awards. Gallo was formerly the national director of the School Violence Prevention Program, managing a network of program sites across the country that provided civic education as a means of preventing school violence. She was responsible for building and standardizing staff development programs for each of the sites and developing ongoing professional development opportunities in civic education for teachers. She also created the Training of Trainers Institute offered each summer. Prior to joining the Center, Gallo was a teacher and administrator in the New York City public school system.


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