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2014Present

College Process Savant

CollegeProcessParagon.com
  • Guide students through the maze called the 'college application process'.
  • Specializing in developing student's, "Promotional Genres of Self-Narration" for their Personal and Supplemental Essays.
  • Resume building , Internship support, and Experiential Learning guidance.
  • SAT, ACT, and Subject Area Test Advising.
  • Expert in Parental Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Practices.
Sep 2013June 2015

Director of Social Media Communications

RI Joint Legislative Commission on Blended Learning

Active Commission member serving as both the Social Media guru and the only active educator on the commission.  

  • Commission's goal is to curate data, bring in industry professionals, and serve as the driving force, giving direction to the State Legislature's legislative eLearning initiatives.
  • Monitors and comments on trends in social media.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert within the Commission.
  • Acts as an advocate for the Commission in Social Media spaces and engages in dialogue where appropriate.
Jan 2004Present

Peer Virtual Learning Trainer/Online Instructor

University Of Rhode Island Graduate School of Education
  • Superior ability to lead and manage as well as collaborate on complex projects with diverse teams including administrators, faculty, academic staff, graduate teaching assistants, librarians, technologists, designers.
  • Experience providing instructional technology consulting and support, instructional design, and/or instructor training in a higher education setting.
  • Awareness of current issues and challenges in higher education instruction; universal design and accessibility; intellectual property/copyrights.
  • Experience teaching in a higher education environment, such as:

•EDC 525  "Website Technology in Education and Training"  

•EDC 922 "eBooks and Digital Content"

•EDC 586 "Social Media Technology to Promote Learning"

•EDC 923 "Online Collaboration and Exploration"

•EDC 922 “Integrating Open Educational Resources in the Classroom"

•EDC 921 “Using Blogs and Wikis to Foster Literacy”

•EDC 920 “Harnessing the Power of the Internet for Teaching & Learning”

•EDC 478 “Exemplary Teaching Practices”

•EDC 479 “Documenting Accomplished Teaching Through National Board Certification”

Sep 2012Jun 2013

Online Teaching Fellow

University of Rhode Island-Office of Online Education

Online Teaching Fellows participate in a rigorous, highly interactive virtual fellowship of Professors.  The goal of this program is to remain on the cutting edge of 21st century technological tools, resources, and online pedagogy. This intensive training program focuses upon excellence in online teaching and learning and staying 'current' with the most effective teaching practices for both online and blended learning environments.  Additionally, fellowship participants must also demonstrate their commitment and willingness to share their expertise through the mentoring of other faculty in online course development and delivery.  

The OTF creates a community of practitioners that:

  • support faculty efforts to enhance familiarity and facility with blended and online learning.
  • support faculty innovation online to enhance student learning.
  • engage faculty as online learners to develop a community of practice who value and appreciate student experiences with technology.
  • develop a cadre of motivated, involved faculty willing to mentor future Online Fellows– to build a self-sustaining faculty mentoring program for online and blended teaching.
Mar 2004Present

Digital/Media Literacy Instructional Librarian

Middletown School Department
  • Collaborates with faculty and students in all subject areas providing library instruction, research consultations and reference services.
  • Promotes the use of subject-specific information resources utilizing current technologies.
  • Teaches "Digital/Media Literacy" courses across grade levels.
20092010

Open Educational Resource Fellow

Curriki.org

Curriki worked with 6 distinguished graduate professors of education from around the nation to develop a course on integrating open educational resources into the classroom. The course is broken into 6 chapters that cover an introduction to OER, licensing, searching/finding OER, creating your own OER, using OER in the classroom and mixing and remixing with OER.    All content is offered freely under Creative Commons Attribution licensing.

2009Jul 2010

Online Instructor

PODetc.com

Professional Online Development from the Educational Technology Community (PODetc) was designed to give professional educators the tools they need to utilize technology resources in the classroom setting.

PODetc provides teaching professionals with online learning options that allow them to bring 21st century technology skills to their students. The innovative online classroom allows busy professionals to increase their knowledge of the latest technology tools and learning theories in a convenient asynchronous format 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jan 2004Jan 2007

Instructional Librarian

National Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • Taught online research skills using both whole language and one-on-one teaching strategies
  • Guided graduate and doctoral students through the thesis---from inception to culmination

Education

2003Present

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board Certification is the highest symbol of professional teaching excellence in the United States.  Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher attests to the fact that you have been judged by your peers as an exemplary educator in your field.

20032007

Model Classroom Teacher

Rhode Island Teachers & Technology Institute

The primary goal of this program is to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. Additional goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and, through the integration of technology with both teacher training and curriculum development, establishing research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented.

Jun 2000May 2002

Master of Library & Information Studies

University of Rhode Island

A 21st century MLIS graduate receives rigorous training in 'Educational Technology.'  My education focused upon real-world skills, and the practical application of online resources in the global economy.   Additionally, I received extensive experience using collaborative tools to facilitate learning, such as Social Software like edu-blogs, wikis, and social media.

References

Christine Dolan, Education Specialist

Primary contact at URI 1-401-837-4150

Christopher Richards, Director of Humanities

Middletown School Department 1-401-743-8912

Libby Gill, Technology Support Specialist

1-401-864-1062

Presentations & Articles

Professional Speaking Engagements



"How Can We Guide Students Towards Reliable Information in the Google Age?"  

Coventry High School,  12/9/14

Interviewed on the State of the State  with RI's Commissioner of Ed.

1/23/14 State of the State

• "Open Educational Resources and Digital Literacy for Teachers"  (Interview) 12/30/13 "Meet Education Project" podcast

"Creating Your Own Digital Textbooks Using OER's"

Innovation Through Technology Conference, October 2013

eBooks, Digital Content, and Extending Learning Beyond the School Day---Empowering Practice Through Technology Conference, March 2013

Innovation Through Technology Conference--Open Educational Resources and their potential in RI schools, Feb.,2012

•Computing in the Cloud--How the Central Falls High School community can improve teaching and learning through the use of'Business' tools while maintaining an 'Education' budget, June, 2010

Simplify Your Teaching Using Wikis and Collaborative Software!,   Central Falls School Department,  June, 2009

How to Work with Widgets and GadgetsInternet @ Schools East, National Conference, March 31, 2009

How to Use Online Collaborative Websites to Facilitate Communication Among Elementary School Teachers, Coventry School Department, March, 2009

•How to Use Online Tools to Teach Higher Education Students in a Virtual Environment, University of Rhode Island Professors, August, 2008

Are Textbooks Becoming Extinct?  Welcome to the Age of the Wikitext[email protected]National Conference, April 6, 2008

Web 2.0 and What It Means for the School Librarian RIEMA State Conference, April 28, 2008

Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction, West Bay Educational Collaborative, March 4, 2008

Finding Online Professional Development Opportunities for Librarians, RIEMA sponsored Nov 5, 2007

How to Use Online Resources in Education, embedded professional development, Middletown School Department