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Professional Development

A greater part of my job as an instructional technology specialist involves providing professional development for educators in almost every grade level, subject matter, and level of expertise.  Working with adults provides its own challenges and rewards, and you cannot ask for a more diverse population of learners.  Every educator comes to the training with their own set of expectations, goals, concerns, and past experiences.  Adults are also much more resistant to traditional behavioral techniques and tend to be just as bad as students about on-task behavior, following directions, or other typical learner behaviors.

I stive to provide the highest possible quality of professional development and I'm mindful of the time and energy that each participant is sacrificing to attend.  My goal is to ensure that each participant leaves with tangible strategies & skills that they can take back and immediately apply in their job setting.  I bring a passion for the content that is infectious and I welcome challenges - both technical and instructional.  Below are some of the major areas where I have provided professional development for educators in our area.

Hardware & Software PDF Print E-mail

A few years ago, instructional technology was largely the use of software, and we spent a good deal of time teaching educators about Microsoft Office, webpage development, or Webquests.  Thankfully, the days of simple software training are mostly behind us.  Sure, I still offer an occasional course on software, but more and more training is customized to the educators we interact with and there is more of a focus on how a particular software helps teachers teach educational standards instead of a step-by-step coverage of every toolbar and icon.

My training teaches the basics of a title or tool, but then delves into specific curricular applications of that software and highlights specific teaching strategies that use the resource's unique strengths to help students learn.  Sometimes I help teachers craft lessons, brainstorm instructional uses, or go through their standards and align the software to the standards.

Listed below are a list of resources for courses I've taught.  These aren't full online courses, just some materials used in the instruction and provided for participants.  When prompted for a username and password, instead click on the Login as Guest button.



Onsite Support & Lesson Planning PDF Print E-mail

Each Title II-D grant required a considerable amount of professional development and on-site support:  50 hours or each per year, for a total of 100 hours of commitment to a single grant team.  Needless to say, I got to know each team very well.  I've worked with middle school math & science, at risk youth, as well as high school math and social studies.  I've worked with 1:1 wireless laptop grants and model classroom grant teams (past 2 years).  Each grant required that I learn completely new things about each school, the students and teachers there, and of course, the GPS standards for each grade level and subject.

Much of the onsite support has been spent helping teachers with lesson ideas using their new equipment or general technology resources.  Many times, we spend time planning lessons and brainstorming ways that we can improve their instruction in reasonable increments.  For example, I recently sat down with a high school team to get some ideas for using their grant equipment and tech resources.  Most of the team is fairly new to using technology for instruction.  We brainstormed for each teacher to come up with ideas that they could incorporate into their lessons the following week.

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Grant Writing PDF Print E-mail

I've done a substantial amount of work with Title II-D competitive grants in the past few years, working mostly with middle and high school teachers.  These grants are federal grants that have been awarded by the Georgia DOE to school systems based on a competitive proposal process.  At FDRESA ETC, we helped several of our school systems in the area write these grants and had a high rate of awards.

Grant Writing

Below is an example of one such grant, written for Mattie Lively Elementary School.  I spent several days providing guidance, editing, and vision for the grant team on how the grant equipment and professional development would help them reach their school goals.

Sample Grant:  Mattie Lively Elementary 1.04 Mb