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James F. Decker
738 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA  94117
decker@post.harvard.edu
(415) 351-9424

Education

Harvard University ~ Cambridge, MA
Master of Education, June 2001 Concentration: Technology in Education

 

Vassar College ~ Poughkeepsie, NY

Bachelor of Arts, May 1990 Major: English

 

Postgraduate studies: University of Texas at Austin, and Arizona State University

 

Professional Experience

Curriculum & Technology Designer, Business Analyst

Independent Contractor ~ San Francisco, CA 2003 present

  • Children's Learning Institute, Houston, TX - Design and produce video case studies and online professional development courses for a national audience of school leaders, mentors, and teachers in Early Childhood Education
  • Fleishman-Hillard, St. Louis, MO - Design and write company-wide curriculum on effective Social Media strategies for Public Relations
  • Coalition of Essential Schools, Oakland, CA - Serve as Curriculum and Technology Lead on Smalls Schools by Design design team
  • University of Utah - Collaborate with faculty to develop curriculum investigating challenges and best-practices of public health organizations in Thailand
  • Teachscape, San Francisco, CA - Design and produce video case studies, collaborative learning courseware, and face-to-face workshops on data-driven literacy instruction
  • Riverdeep, San Francisco, CA - Develop business logic and write curriculum models for nationally deployed reading comprehension courseware
  • Classroom Connect, San Francisco, CA - Evaluate functional requirements for national Web-based learning series and create final design documentation
  • Pearson Education, White Plains, NY - Research and develop literature component for English Language Learning series

 

Director of Product Development

Achievement Technologies ~ San Francisco, CA 2001 2002

  • Design and develop standards-based curriculum management software
  • Design content strategy, product flow, and interaction models
  • Validate designs through formative evaluations and competitive analysis
  • Research, anticipate, and implement long term business goals

 

Senior Editor, Language Arts Technology

Holt, Rinehart and Winston ~ Austin, TX 1994 1999

  • Design, develop, and test Language Arts tutorials, interaction models, video, and assessments
  • Coordinate and supervise all aspects of production to deliver award-winning products on time within budget
  • Research emerging trends in education technology, conduct formative evaluations in classrooms nationwide, participate in national sales training

 

Teacher

Ivywild School ~ Colorado Springs; Emery High ~ Oakland1992 – 1993

  • Teach Reading and Mathematics as part of Chapter One federal program
  • Develop curriculum and teach after-school courses in programming and literacy
  • Emeryville High School and Oakland USD, CA -- Serve as long-term Substitute Teacher

 

Production Manager

Heyday Books ~ Berkeley, CA1990 1991

  • Coordinate production, distribution, customer and author relations
  • Propose and implement change to electronic publishing and accounting systems

Skills

Digital Authoring Lingo, Director, Flash, HTML, Vegas, DVD authoring, Quark, Photoshop, Soundforge, Filemaker Pro, WebCT, Blackboard, MSOffice

Publishing Small press proprietor, publisher of Dessa Press/Resipiscent Records; Curator of short films at Prague International Festival of Music on Film, Czech Republic

Audio Engineering Southeast Asian, North African, and Balkan field recordings: Consultant and Audio Engineer (recordings published by Sublime Frequencies)

Awards

Awarded to products during tenure as Lead Designer and Project Manager:

International CINDY (Cinema in Industry) Competition ~ Gold Award

New York International Multimedia Festival ~ Silver Medal

National Educational Media Network ~ Silver Apple Award

Holt, Rinehart & Winston ~ Crystal Award for Individual Excellence in Education Publishing