Differentiated Instruction, 2009
Collaborated with departmental colleague on mastery & rehearsal tiered settings between us during a shared common prep (Spanish 1, 3rd hour). After 6 days of instruction, students were grouped according to the quiz results. The remaining 4 days of instruction resulted in tracked groups between two teachers. Data were collected and analyzed to shape future differentiated options in our district.
Online World Language environment (OWL), 2008
Surveyed membership of MCTLC and designed an online professional learning community tailored specifically to Minnesota teachers of second languages and cultures.
Central States Leadership Project, 2002
Attended the 2002 Central States Conference for language teachers included a pre-conference workshop on leadership for the Minnesota chapter. Ideas from this conference resulted in the development of the local email group created to communicate and advertise to membership.
#edtech Instructional Rounds, Blaine High School | Agenda, Slides
This collaborative effort co-facilitated with the help of our Achievement Coach and Literacy Coach anchored our full-day PD experience in tech integration frameworks, observed early adopters, debriefed each visit, and coached teachers to create an action plan moving forward to leverage learning technologies in their own teaching & learning context.
MN Distance Learning Summit Planner & Presenter, 2020
A week before Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that public schools would continue with distance learning in spring of 2020, twenty five technology integration specialists gathered in an online space called Slack. One member shared an outrageous idea shortly after his announcement: 12 hour of free online professional development to support MN educators to be planned. Explore here to find out how it became 2 days of #mndlsummit.
Vote Yes! | BHM Schools Operating Levy Referendum Co-Chair, 2019
Co-led a successful effort to more equitably fund schools. Anticipated cuts included 2 school closures, 20 FTEs, all middle school activities, and gifted & talented programming. My role focused on organizing people, communication, and delegation via subcommittees.
Early Career Teacher Dinner, 2018-2019
The MN Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures with the help of a sponsor hosted an Early Career Teacher (ECT) Dinner in effort to support World Language educators in their first 3 years of teaching. This dinner was hosted at the Fall Conference site the night before the first day. Also, all ECTs were paired up with a mentor teacher to check in 3+ times during their first academic year.
TEDxBlaine Technology Coordination, 2019
Collaborated with a colleague to gather and polish slide presentation for TEDx presenters. Troubleshot issues during tech rehearsal and communicated procedures with presenters for the event.
WL Tech Integration FB Group
This public online community serves as a space for WL educators to connect, collaborate, and reflect. This site is easily accessible for teachers to invite new ideas to happen in their own classroom.
LT Starter Kit, 2015
Collaborated with 3 graduate assistants to design online space for new instructors that now serves as a process for teacher induction. LT Starter Kit houses opportunities for instructors to connect and resources from previous instructors including syllabi, links to learning management systems, rubrics and more.
Spanish 2 Hybrid Pilot, 2014
Designed a Spanish 2 hybrid course to be implemented 2013-2014 for grades 9-12. This course design blends face-to-face and online learning environments. The hybrid format afforded opportunities to leverage technology to support students with special needs and meet with them more one-on-one while challenging the mastery students to create using the language.
TIES Learning Loop Project, 2011
Contributed to an online resource designed specifically for world language teachers as a consultant.
NEA Learning and Leadership Grant, 2010
Hosted the 2010 MCTLC Winter Technology Workshop at Buffalo High School. Second language educators from around the state attending the full-day workshop focusing on technology integration in WL classroom.