2014-15: National History Day Teacher Support - Santa Clara County Office of Education
History Day is a meaningful way for students to study historical issues, ideas, people and events by engaging in historical research. It is part of the National History Day programs that has been recognized for excellence among history educators and communities. This year's theme is Leadership and Legacy in History.
Sponsored by the Santa Clara Office of Education, this 5-part workshop series will help teachers lead their students through the History Day Competition process. We will explore the steps involved in developing and pursuing an engaging research project. Various technology tools will be introduced that aid teachers and students in this process.
July 21-25, 2014 (Full Week): UC Berkeley Campus (Sponsored by the UCBHSSP)
UCBHSSP Teacher Institute on Technology and the Common Core: This 5-day institute develops Common Core skills in an online context by exploring many of the literacy strategies developed by the UCBHSSP over the years and applying them in an online setting with a focus on:
May 2014: Writing for Authentic Audiences: Santa Clara County Office of Ed.
Education doesn’t stop at the classroom door. Engagement in learning is about involving the community, near and far! This workshop will increase real world relevancy connected to students’ writing, including utilizing the internet to reach appropriate authentic audiences. Participants will also hone their ability to develop students’ structural and functional views of language as related to college and career skills and content.
May 2014: Using and Visualizing Data in Historical Investigation: UCBHSSP
Half-day workshop sponsored by the UC Berkeley History Social-Studies Project to support teachers to utilize simple technology tools to find and make historical and contemporary data come alive. Help students understand trends and learn to present their own data-augmented research in visually meaningful ways. In collaboration with UCBHSSP
April 2014: Technology and the Common Core - Supporting Student Research: UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project (UCBHSSP)
Research papers are a staple in many history classes - and now specifically required by the Common Core State Standards. Moreover, the arch of research involves multiple Common Core analytical, reading and writing skills. Join UCBHSSP Tech Master, Devin Hess, and other tech-inclined teachers to explore how to use UCBHSSP writing strategies in combination with collaborative online technologies to drive student success with the research and writing process.
March 2014: Diigo Series #1: Using Diigo to organize on-line resources
Webinar: Diigo is a very powerful bookmarking tool that lets you highlight text on a page, add ‘sticky’ notes, copy images or capture screen shots of parts of a page, all via a small tool bar installed at the top of your browser. This webinar taught how to use Diigo to organize your online resources - a must for teachers, educators or anyone who utilizes online sources and information.
Oct. 2013: Technology and the Common Core - Research Skills.
Workshop leader: Sponsored by the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project: All-day workshop - Online tools for Common Core-based literacy strategies applied to student research skills.
July 2013: Using Multimedia and Primary Sources in Instruction.
Institute co-leader: Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project and the Library of Congress. Week-long summer institute on integrating multimedia and primary sources with technology in the classroom.
July 2013: Implementing the Common Core State Standards.
Institute co-leader: Sponsored by the UC Berkeley History Social Science Project. Week-long summer institute teaching literacy strategies designed to increase student achievement by developing reading,writing, and critical thinking skills aligned to the California Content Standards and Common Core State Standards.
May, 2012: Workshop leader: India Council for Integral Education
Summer Teacher Training Institute, Pondicherry India - Workshop leader: Conceptual approaches to math instruction.
2014 - Present: Professional Development Leader - San Jose Unified School District
Technology Integration Professional Development Leader: Initiated, designed and currently implementing a 3-year integrated literacy / technology professional development program for the San Jose Unified School District in collaboration with the UC Berkeley History-Social Studies Project. The PD program focuses on building site-based leadership and collaborative teacher cohorts to promote print and technology-based teaching strategies in literacy and historical analysis among secondary history teachers district-wide.
2012-Present: Technology Integration Consultant - UC Berkeley History-Social Science Project
Technology Integration Consultant: Adapted literacy strategies to digital media. Initiated, designed and maintain a wiki front end and back-end database to centralize and provide access to UCBHSSP teaching resources and lesson plans and as a platform for participants during Summer Institutes and workshops.
2015-Present: PD Series - Capuchino High School, San Mateo, CA.
Developed and currently leading a 5-part training at Capuchino High School to support the development of academic literacy and student research skills. In addition to the workshop, I am working with teacher PLC teams to further refine the implementation of the introduced strategies in their classrooms.
2014-Present: PD and Consultation - Martin Murphy Middle School, Morgan Hill, CA.
I am working with the staff of the Martin Murphy Middle School to help advance their innovative 1:1 Chromebook initiative. This middle school is pioneering the full adoption of technology in the Morgan Hill School District, providing experience and leadership for other schools in the district.
2011-Present: Technology Curriculum Designer / Consultant - SARVAM, Pondicherry, India:
Developed and implemented curriculum in computer technology and technology-supported learning for youth in rural villages on site in India and remotely from home in the United States. Responsibilities include selecting and adapting applications,developing teaching materials, training instructors and staff, and redesigning the computer lab infrastructure. I am currently coordinating a team of programmers to build an auxiliary application to enhance customization of one of the programs to allow it to function more appropriately in a rural setting.
2011-Present: Consultant - India Council for Integral Education
Interim Program Director and current consultant for the “Teach to Learn” project of the India Council for Integral Education: Consultation and training in development of conceptually-based curriculum and instruction. Initiated the development of a national wiki website that will serve as a forum for discussion of progressive education issues, and contain a collection of India-centric, tested curricula and lessons.
2013-2015: Interim Mock Trial Coordinator - Santa Clara County
Coordinated implementation of Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Competition for the SCCOE. Program coordination and development, liaison with attorneys, teachers and students. Develop educational programs and materials. Digital materials and systems development, webpage administration.
2012-2013: Math Consultant - Conceptual Math and the Common Core
Consultant: Bret Harte Math Department, Hayward, Ca. Working with the UCBHSSP, provided ongoing coaching and support to middle school math teachers in developing a conceptual approach to teaching mathematics.
Digital storytelling in India: A vehicle to introduce computer skills while promoting self-empowerment and expression. (2012) Kansas State University (KSU) [download]
Constructivism, constructionism and scratch: Building deep comprehension through technology. (2013) KSU
A framework for professional development coaching designed to support integration of technology in the classroom. (2012) KSU [download]
The flipped classroom: An emerging trend in contemporary education. (2013) KSU [download]