Can you tell us about any experiences you have had in any of these five following roles: co-designer of educational technology, content curator, assessment designer, community organizer, or online coach/mentor? If you have not done anything remotely like these, what might you be able to do if you had the opportunities in serving your students and school communities?

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  1. Ernie Rambo

    My strongest experience has been as an online coach/mentor with CTQ, introducing educators to organizing virtual communities (CCI, formerly known as VOICE). I’ve made time to write an occasional article and push for improvement in professional learning at the school where I’ve taught. I’ve hosted Zoom conferences many times, including meetings at our past three local ECET2 convenings. My main strength often lies in conducting behind-the-scenes activities — emailing invitations, monitoring the chat box during webinars, sending follow-up links. I’ve reviewed manuscripts for publication and like to think of myself as someone who occasionally comes up with a creative solution to a problem. I’ve facilitated face-to-face and virtual learning communities — am generally interested in any opportunities that present themselves.

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  2. E Simos

    Working on assessment design, both in large and small teams, is an incredibly useful experience that can positively impact not only a lesson or unit, but also the classroom itself. Effective assessment and instructional planning are interwoven at every step in the practice of education; knowing specifically what the end goals of a lesson, unit, or course are aids the teacher, working individually or within a team approach, in designing a progression of learning activities that can help students meet (or even surpass) those goals. Being a part of the process of designing assessments that measure mastery of those goals is as much about course/unit/lesson design as it is about analysis of student performance.

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  3. Dr. Katherine Everett

    I’ve been an assessment designer, community organizer, and online coach/mentor. One of my greatest pleasures was working with a team of highly motivated educators to design curriculum and assessments for an integrated PE/Math 1 course. All curriculum was placed online in an effort to increase engagement and promote technology use with our incoming 9th grade students. We became so excited about the curriculum it quickly developed into a passion. The most exciting moments were watching the students engage in our work. Much of our support was done through virtual coaching and mentoring. The level of student engagement blew us away. Every student, including those who traditionally struggled, experienced higher levels of success than our team had ever experienced working from a traditional model. it was a tremendous amount of work, but we found a sense of pride and ownership in what we were doing. I have found this level of ownership lacking when offering a more traditional approach to teaching.

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  4. KRISCIA CABRAL

    I have experienced these roles. I agree with Christopher in that it has made me all the better when working with colleagues. I’ve gained a lot of respect for the people I work with and can now empathize with their situations. It helps me when I go to work in other teachers room. I understand where they are coming from and this helps me to adapt and support with greater purpose.

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  5. Joanna Schimizzi

    I work with the Institute for Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) to help curate content for literacy within content areas. It has been a wonderful experience to grow in both my ability to locate high quality materials and collaborate with other teachers to develop them into units that are meaningful to my students. I have also helped review questions for standardized assessments, and I have found it so valuable to truly dig deeply into what a question is asking, what incorrect answers tell you and how to eliminate bias while creating a “test worth taking”. Finally, I have worked with organizations to develop communities of practice, and I’ve found it so valuable to think about the needs of the adult learner and collaborator. All of these help me be a better teacher, colleague and person.

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  6. Angela Schoon

    As Christopher said, all of these experiences have definitely offered me the opportunity to be more reflective on my own professional practice.

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  7. Christopher Bronke

    I have been lucky enough to have experience in all of these, and simply put, each and every one of them made me a better teacher, better colleague, and better person. The experiences are simply invaluable.

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