Vision for Education

As a designer and coordinator of curriculum with twenty plus years in the field, I am committed to discovering and applying the processes and qualities of learning through effective curriculum, meaningful and timely change in response to individual and community needs, and to the development of a strong educational program.

Qualifications and Education

Education

Professional Certificate, Teacher Education

Washington State

Permanent K-12 endorsement, all subjects, December 1979

Jan 2003 - Jan 2007

Post Graduate coursework

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Courses:  Leading for Understanding, Teaching for Understanding, Dimensions of Understanding, Differentiated Instruction, Algebraic Thinking.

I also serve, and have for the past 10 years, as a “full summer faculty” member at Project Zero, a branch of the Graduate School of Education. My role there is to teach educators how to build curriculum from what they are learning. Participants engage in a variety of philosophy of learning and content-oriented courses and then, each day, bring their understandings and questions to my course for shaping these into classroom and cross-curriculum units of work (see below for details).

Jan 1979 - Jun 1982

Masters of Education

Central Washington University

Master of Arts in Education, Reading Specialist, with honors 

Research on the relationship between Piagetian stages of child development and early literacy

Bilingual: Italian and English

I am proficient in communicating with both English and Italian speaking faculty and parents in both languages. My language skills bring value to the school for understanding our local culture, particularly parents’ perspectives about learning. I regularly work with the Italian Ministry of Education documents, giving me insight into the Terza Media structure.

Work History and Professional Development

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Curriculum Coordinator and IB-PYP Coordinator

Bilingual European School in Milan, Italy

Lead the school's development and implementation of curriculum across the elementary and middle school

  • Teach and apply principles of Teaching for Understanding and Understanding by Design in developing concept based curriculum in collaboration with teachers.
  • Develop and refine the Primary School Transdisciplinary Program of Inquiry.
  • Develop and refine the Middle School Interdisciplinary Program of Inquiry, focused on global issues.
  • Facilitate the collaborative development of disciplinary units of study.
  • Facilitate weekly meetings for team planning, assessment, teaching and learning strategies, documentation, and reflection.
  • Observe classroom learning, model and co-teach lessons with teachers, and participate in student learning experiences. 
  • Implement ManageBac online system for planning and documenting learning, parent communication, and evaluation of the program and of student learning, providing usage support with faculty and parents 
  • Provide teacher support and modeling in a LEGO maker-space and develop related curriculum.
  • Manage Google Drive and ManageBac systems for development and documentation of school practices
  • Focus curriculum development in current school year (2015-2016) on information technology and mathematics
  • Guide reflection on and refinement of curriculum mapping in June and September of each school year, analyzing the program for vertical and horizontal articulation.
  • Align, monitor, and evaluate the development of disciplinary skills of research, thinking, communication, self-management, and social skills across the school.
  • Develop school-wide and classroom assessments, participate with teachers in analyzing assessment data, evaluating student learning, identifying areas of strength and learning challenges, and developing curricula and teaching practices to address learning goals. 
    • Organize and monitor school-wide assessments for writing, reading, and mathematics.
    • Organize and monitor administration of the International Schools Assessment (ISA) for years three through eight.
    • Organize and monitor online International Schools Assessment for science with middle school students.
  • Participate in the Educational Leadership Team.  Organize leadership team tasks, identify areas of focus and follow through for the school's Strategic Plans for primary and middle school, provide teacher support for actions, develop creative approaches to program development.
  • Lead the school’s Self Study process and successful evaluation as an International Baccalaureate World School in 2013, and currently preparing for the next evaluation in 2018.
  • Prepare an extensive Google Site with documentation of the school's development according to the IBO standards.
  • Co-facilitate a teacher induction program with regular sessions on various aspects of teaching and learning.
  • Initiate and develop school-wide learning-related projects, including Career Day, Humanitarian Day, middle school Museums of Learning, and celebrations of the arts, literacy and mathematics
Sep 2015 - Present

Board Member 

Association for International Baccalaureate World Schools of Italy

The Association provides support for IB World Schools in Italy through various means, including sharing best practices and providing professional development opportunities. I have participated with the organization since September 2013 and have recently become a member of the Board. I have initiated a coordinators' study group, helped develop collaborative experiences among the schools, and lead the development of a research skills continuum for IB-PYP and MYP in Italy. We are currently developing a thinking skills continuum, shared professional development across our schools, and analyzing and improving our assessment practices.

Feb 2015 - Present

Online Course Coach

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Coach an online course, Making Learning Visible, on group learning and documentation strategies for improving teaching and learning.   

  • Facilitate teacher teams' application of course content in their own settings.
  • Monitor and give feedback to participants who come from a wide range of global education settings and experiences.
Jan 2012 - Present

Online Course Instructor

International Baccalaureate Organization

Facilitate various online courses for the IB-Primary Years Program:  Pedagogical Leadership, Assessment, and Exhibition

  • Facilitate participants' interaction with course content.
  • Monitor and encourage participants, and guide problem-solving when difficulties arise.
Jul 2008 - Present

Consultant, Project Zero Summer Institute

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Facilitate study groups and a minicourse for Project Zero Summer Institute:

  • Guide participants' synthesis of learning and development of curriculum at the institute.
  • Lead mini-workshops in response to participant needs and overall institute goals, including documentation and reflection strategies.
  • Counsel participants through action plans that they take back to their schools.
  • Develop and facilitate a course on professional reflection.
Aug 2008 - Jul 2010

Deputy Head for Early Childhood through Middle School and IB-PYP Coordinator

Bilingual School of Monza
  • Developed elementary and middle school curriculum in collaboration with teachers.
  • Aligned curriculum across the school.
  • Provided professional development workshops for faculty.
  • Facilitated pedagogical leadership meetings.
  • Led the school through the process to achieve International Baccalaureate authorization as a Primary Years Program in May 2010.
Aug 2000 - Jul 2008

Elementary Program Coordinator and Classroom Teacher

American School of Milan
  • Led teacher teams in curriculum development, team functioning, action plan tasks from September 2001.
  • Taught grades three, four, and five.
Jul 1999 - Jul 2000

Head of Lower School and PYP Coordinator

Miras School in Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Primary Years Program Coordinator:  guided teaching and learning, developed curriculum, procured resources, provided professional development.
  • Middle Years Program: “Homo Faber” Coordinator, Art/Design Teacher for years 6, 7, and 10.
  • Participated in Diploma Program development.
Aug 1982 - Jul 1999

Various Leadership and Teaching Positions

Ellensburg School District, Washington State
  • Gifted Program Coordinator and Teacher, curriculum development across all disciplines and year levels, grades one through eight (nine years).
  • Visual Arts Teacher, curriculum development and teaching, middle school (three years).
  • Classroom Teacher, grades three and four (five years).
Nov 1980 - Jun 1982

Classroom Teacher

Selah School District, Washington State

Team teaching, grade one.

Sep 1979 - Nov 1981

Lead teacher and adjunct professor

Central Washington University

Educator for Amanda Hebeler School, the campus laboratory school for preschool through grade three. The school offered an Early Childhood teacher preparation program, served as a research site for graduate students and professors, and provided for parent education and participation.

  • Taught in a grade one model classroom.
  • Participated in ongoing research projects with professors in psychology and education programs.
  • Assessed exceptional needs students.
  • Taught university courses in child development, integrated curriculum design, literacy, thinking skills, writing, and mathematics.
  • Provided professional development, including organization of a conference for Washington State early childhood educators.
Jan 1979 - Present

Professional Development and Curriculum Design

  • Presented workshops in the fall of 2015 on teacher reflection at an institute sponsored by the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education institute at the International School of Amsterdam and at the Milan International Teachers Association conference.
  • LEGO Education Innovation Studio teacher trainer workshop for LEGO Laboratory, Milan, September 2015

  • Digital and Media Literacy Institute, sponsored by Columbia University Reading and Writing Project, in Paris, France, April 2015

  • Participate in developing initiatives for student and educator curriculum collaborations with educators from other schools (Ridley College in Canada, and the International Schools of Como, Turin, Bologna, and Brescia) on various projects, from September 2013.

  • Numerous IB Workshops:  Pedagogical Leadership, Concept-Based Learning, Teachers as Researchers, Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Exhibition, Assessment, Mathematics, Action, Inquiry.

  • North American Study Group, Loris Malaguzzi International Center, "Atelier and Languages of Materials" on learning through the arts, Reggio Emilia, Italy, April 2009.

  • International Study Group, Loris Malaguzzi International Center, "Documentation, Action of Listening," Reggio Emilia, Italy, November 2008.

  • Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Academy for Academic Leaders, Washington, D.C., June 2007.

  • ECIS (European Council of International Schools), Understanding by Design, Nice, France, November 2006.

  • Making Learning Visible Institute, Harvard and Reggio Emilia Schools, research and documentation practices, Summer 2005.

  • Project Zero Summer Institute participant, 2005-2007.

Student Learning and Assessment

Developing the Curriculum

Leading Professional Development

Developing the School Program

Educating Parents about the Curriculum

Learning and Using Technology 

Collaborations and Presentations

Related Skills

Skills

Language

I am bilingual in English and Italian and am consistently improving my skills of communication in Italian. 

Technology

I am a lover of learning and using technology, despite the fits I can throw over its non-cooperation at times! In addition to the initiatives already described in this CV, I created this Curriculum Vitae using technology new to me.  I am involved in developing a 1:1 iPad program, the use of digital and media literacies across the school, and ManageBac for programming and evaluating learning. I have begun to learn coding, and use a range of programs and applications. Students are my best teachers!

Artist

A working artist for several decades as a painter, papermaker, book artist, and printmaker.

Athlete

I am a distance runner and cyclist, a Pilates enthusiast, and love  to hike.

References

References

Mr. Day Jones, Director 

Bilingual European School, Via Val Cismon #9, Milan, Italy

d.jones@beschool.eu

Dr. Janet Navarro, Professor

Curriculum, Policy and Teacher Education, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

navarrja@gvsu.edu

Dr. Jim Reese, Director of Studies

Director of Studies at Washington International School, Washington, D.C.
Education Coordinator, Project Zero Classroom Summer Institute

jimreesepz@gmail.com

Betty Huesmann, teacher

IB-Primary Years Programme Lead Teacher and Language Coordinator of the Primary School Programme, International School of Milan, and former colleague at the Bilingual School of Monza

bhuesmann09@gmail.com

Julie Troyer Bucella

Year 4 teacher, American School of Milan, former colleague

jtroyer@asmilan.org