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Effective School Leaders: Children's Learning InstituteVocabulary Workshop screenshot
School principals play a central role in identifying professional development needs and ensuring access to needed resources. As advocates for the school community, they crucially support teacher-to-teacher mentoring efforts, establish professionalism, and foster the trust and support for teachers and students alike to adopt new and truly effecive learning strategies. This course presents concrete tools, rubrics, and video case studies and interviews by which school leaders can compare their observations and current practices with those of expert practicioners. This blended learning course focuses on implementation of a classroom observation tool in the context of school-wide, real world constraints. School leaders will be equipped with proven methods and specific tools for identifying the needs of staff and the student body in order to align improvement plans with available resources.
Children's Learning Institute at the UT Health Science Center, 2013

Effective Mentoring Stragies: Children's Learning Institute
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Through a series of video case studies and practice activities, this course provides on-site mentors with the tools and strategies to guide teachers of varying levels of experience. The course is focused on mentoring early childhood teachers as they establish classroom management practices, promote social-emotional development, and develop children's early literacy, math, and science skills. Goals of increased teacher sensitivity to children's needs, recording observations and using them to plan instruction are achieved through a variety of mentoring strategies including room-arrangement support, modeling, side-by-side coaching, and co-teaching. Each strategy is demonstrated, then simulated with interactive video case-studies.
Children's Learning Institute at the UT Health Science Center, 2013

Foundations of Science Learning in Early ChildhoodVocabulary Workshop screenshot
Early childhood teachers have a unique opportunity to extend childrenís natural curiosity and passion for hands-on exploration by helping them to record and repeat investigations, use tools for observation and measurement, and think more deeply about the physical world. This course is part of a blended learning model with on-site teaching mentors. The methods and tools have been demostrated to improve language and literacy, problem solving, and reasoning skills. This course uses video documentary, supporting text, and hands-on activities to present key early childhood concepts around science
Children's Learning Institute at the UT Health Science Center, 2013

Instructional Decision-Making: Moving From Data to ResultsVocabulary Workshop screenshot
Addressing the question of what assessments are for, I was delighted that Teachscape hired me as lead designer and producer for this series of online and face-to-face professional development courses. Using video interviews with leading experts, and in-depth video case studies of one teacher applying the methods of data-driven instructional planning, the courses walk participants through the process of documenting student performance, then organizing, analyzing, and interpreting individual and classroom trends. Next, teachers get started organizing their current assessment data, identifying gaps in what they are observing and assessing, and setting goals for improving their instructional decision-making. Frequent consultation with the Teachscape facilitator was an essential aspect of this internationally successful program.
Teachscape, 2004

Scientifically-Based Literacy Instruction Vocabulary Workshop screenshot
I served as lead designer and producer of this series of online professional development modules and face-to-face workshops for Teachscape. Using video case studies to demonstrate research-based teaching methods as applied in real-world classrooms, I provided teachers with concrete examples as well as flash animations, and hands on activities that require both reflection on their own current practice, and collaboration with colleagues to determine take-away goals for their own classrooms. A Teachscape facilitator stays in touch with all participants to monitor their progress and continually adjust their professional development goals.
Teachscape, 2003

Project AchieveVocabulary Workshop screenshot
Bringing the high ideals of standards-based curriculum to the real-world of classroom management and ongoing assessment, we mapped state standards in each subject area to our proprietary taxonomy of learning concepts. In tandem, we mapped a vast library of teaching resources to the same taxonomy so that teacher could quickly locate grade-level appropriate lesson plans, worksheets, videos, etc. to address each state benchmark. The greatest power of this tool, however, was the classroom management function that captured student assessment data, correlated the data to state standards, identified individual and classwide trends, and put appropriate teaching resources at each teacher's fingertips. An outstanding example of how computational power can be applied to real-life complexities. I served as Business Analyst and Lead Designer.
Achievement Technologies, 2002

Vocabulary Workshop Vocabulary Workshop screenshot
This seven volume series teaches students strategies and habits for decoding, retaining, and mastering the meaning of unfamiliar words. I designed all content, functionality, user interface, and managed the project.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1998

 

Elements of Literature screenshotElements of Literature
Bringing the online resources of the worlds libraries, museums, radio, television, and new media archives into the classroom is easier said than done. This seven level project integrates compelling and reliable online sources with specific literature and work assignments in the classic Elements of Literature textbook series. I served as Lead Content Designer and Project Manager.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1999

 

Language Workshop screenshotLanguage Workshop
Gold Medal Winner at the 1997 International CINDY awards, this seven volume CD-ROM series is a complete course in English Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics. With animated instruction, interactive guided practice, scored quizzes, and a classroom management system, Language Workshop has been adopted in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and thousands of schools worldwide. I served as Lead Content Designer and Project Manager.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1996

Writer's Workshop
Students enter their own virtual writing studio complete with reference works, popcorn, and a media room for brainstorming plus video interviews with well-known writers. A bulletin board displays notes from the teacher while the telephone connects to peer reviewers. Narrated instructional sequences, writer's models, and genre-specific prompts lend structure and guidance to a process-based writing method. I served as Development Editor and wrote program documentation.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1995

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