The artifacts contained in this professional digital portfolio demonstrate personal competencies related to Prince William County Schools' five domains of knowledge and expertise.

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1 | Instructional Applications

2 | Professional Development and Training for Adults

  • At least 2 sets of original training materials created by the applicant and used in a professional development session, training workshop, or conference presentation
    • Staff Development Resource Page
    • Digital Storytelling 2.0 with Discovery Education STREAMING - This presentation has been delivered in multiple capacities including conferences, training workshops, and professional development sessions.
    • 50 Ways to Use Discovery Education STREAMING - This presentation has been delivered in multiple capacities including conferences, training workshops, and professional development sessions.
      • Click here to view the takeaway resources (the presentation file can be viewed in the last tab of the live binder).
    • Discovery Education Science and the 5E Model - This presentation has been delivered in multiple capacities including conferences, training workshops, and professional development sessions.
      • Click here to download the presentation.
      • Click here to download takeaway resources.
      • Click here to view an assignment developed in Discovery Education STREAMING. This assignment was designed to model how assignments can be used, how web 2.0 tools can be embedded into assignments, and how educators could use the media assets available within Discovery Education STREAMING to facilitate the 5E Model instructional approach. Please enter your name to view the assignment.
    • For additional presentations and takeaway resources, you are invited to view my presentation map. Most pins are linked to takeaway resources. Please zoom out to view the entire U.S.

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  • Course descriptions of classes designed or taught by the applicant or summaries of conference presentations
    • Adjunct Professor for Wilkes University Instructional Media Program.
      • Course(s) facilitated:
        • EDIM 502 | Project-based Learning: Project-Based Learning is a dynamic hands-on approach to learning that takes content knowledge and skills out of the isolated classroom and employs it to solve authentic problems in real world settings. Students work in collaborative teams that can include global partners. The driving question that is at the core of a project based learning experience challenges students to think creatively and utilize the knowledge, skills, and habits of professionals in that discipline. So, students find themselves doing the work of scientists, mathematicians, historians, and etc. to solve real world problems and create products that have a wide audience and enduring value beyond the classroom. *Course overview retrieved from: http://masters.discoveryeducation.com/about-our-courses/edim-502/
    • Sampling of conference presentation summaries:
      • Discovery Education Science and the 5 E Model: Students learn by doing, and Discovery Education SCIENCE is a curriculum solution designed to inspire your students to think like scientists as they immerse themselves in hands-on digital science content. Explore the content and features in Discovery Education SCIENCE and see how students are motivated by the interactive content, virtual labs, simulations, and other engaging media.
      • 21 Ways to Reach Today’s Learner: Motivate students, engage higher order thinking, support retention and transfer, and achieve learning goals with a myriad of creative integration strategies for using Discovery Education media assets. During this session, we will explore how to use Discovery Education resources to create interactive lesson plans that support all curricular areas while differentiating instruction. To foster student learning, we will also take a sneak peek into the Student Center and uncover new possibilities for supporting diverse learners.
      • Digital Storytelling 2.0 with Discovery Education Streaming: Take digital storytelling to the next level with Web 2.0 applications. Participants will explore how Web 2.0 applications such as Photo Peach, Voicethread, and Jay Cut can be harnessed by students to communicate their learning through the publishing of creative media-rich digital stories.
      • Reaching All Students | Using the DE STREAMING Builders and My Classrooms to Provide Targeted Content: During this session, you will learn how to put the power of learning at the fingertips of your students through Discovery Education’s Student Center. In this interactive, hands-on session, you will explore how educators can use Discovery Education’s media, interactive builder tools, and more to reach different learners while fostering the creating mind.
      • Click here for a link of all presentations. This Google Map has also been embedded above.
  • At least 2 sets of course evaluations for courses/workshops taught by the applicant
    • Click here to view event feedback from the Greater Philadelphia Area Workshops - June 2011
    • Please reference 4 | Leadership and Project Management Skills as event feedback has been included in each summary.
    • Student evaluations from Project-based Learning course in the Instructional Media Graduate Education Program - Summer 2012 (​a hard copy of the student survey results available upon request).
      • "As a recent transfer student, I am very impressed with the attention to detail put forth by this instructor."
      • "I really appreciated her responses to our discussion posts. She summarized the posts of all students in her own post commenting on points that she agreed with from each students remarks. She put a lot of energy into commenting on our posts which made our work valuable."
    • Student evaluations from Project-based Learning course in the Instructional Media Graduate Education Program - Fall 2012 (a hard copy of the student survey results available upon request).
      • "Expectations were clear and we were also given feedback as to why we got the grades we did."
      • "I appreciated the positive comments and feedback on my discussion posts and when she would recognize and mention my name and those of the other students in her end of week review discussions."
      • "Highly knowledgeable in this field. Very adaptable and responsive to reviewing student marks. I very much appreciated this of her."
  • Evidence of development or use of assessment tools to determine training needs
    • Click here to view a pre-event survey that solicits feedback from participants related to their present degree of knowledge and expertise.
    • Click here to view a professional development presentation with a pre-assessment component.
  • Evidence of using different teaching strategies to meet the needs of different adult learners
    • This is difficult to show digitally. Prior to a professional development workshop, I will ask participants to complete a pre-event survey. In that survey, I ask them to articulate their desired learning outcomes for the event as well as their current level of expertise related to the content being presented. I use this data to focus the development of my professional development materials and presentation structure. At the beginning of a presentation, I will solicit additional feedback from participants and constantly switch gears to best meet their needs during the presentation. I enter any workshop prepared to have a varying degree of learners. I like to provide hands-on time for my participants after a few new tools, resources, or strategies are explored. This is particularly useful because it allows me to monitor progress; supporting both the most advanced learners and the most unfamiliar learners.

3 | Technology and K-12 Student Learning

  • An original lesson plan using spreadsheets or databases to support a lesson on a specific content objective
    • Click here to view a standards-based unit plan I developed for a unit on economic performance measures. This unit can be successfully executed in an academic level Economics course or an AP Macroeconomics course (*modifications needed to meet the needs of students at each level). If you are interested in viewing the "teacher's guide" that includes suggested responses for the assessments, click here. You will need to request permission to view this via Google Docs.
      • As part of this unit, students produce an original podcast on our current economic situation. To do this, students need to search for data in the various databases, develop tables and charts using the data, analyze and examine their findings, and then create the podcast using Audacity. Students use databases from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
      • The project details can be found starting on page 27 of the teacher's guide or by downloading the specific project file shared below. In the document below you will find the assignment guidelines, directions, daily benchmarks, and grading rubrics.
      • Here's an audacity tutorial created for students:
      • Here are a few student examples:
    • Click here to view a lesson plan I developed for using real-world examples to demonstrate the importance of Monetary Policy. The enduring understanding framing this lesson was: When the Fed cuts interest rates, it not only affects the economy but it also affects your personal finance.
      • As part of this lesson, students completed a Car Loan activity. They had to use online tools such as BankRate.com to calculate a monthly auto loan and analyze how changes in the federal funds rate impact the cost of borrowing. To do this, they also had to generate data from the Federal Reserve database.
      • Here's a student sample:
  • An original lesson plan using a multimedia application to support a lesson on a specific content objective
    • Round Trip Ticket Around the World
      • Here is the lesson plan for a digital storytelling assessment about world religions.
      • Project Snapshot: Pretend that you just returned to C.D. Hylton from a summer trip in India and China. While in those two countries, you uncovered the details of four belief systems: Hinduism; Buddhism; Confucianism; and Daoism. Your goal is to take your classmates on a virtual tour of these belief systems through the development of a digital scrapbook of images and text that accommodate the perspective of a foreign traveler (YOU).
      • Updated Project Guidelines:
      • Click here to view student feedback and student examples.
    • Influencing Government Photo Story
      • Here is a lesson plan for a digital storytelling assessment about the American political system and how it is influenced by political parties, interest groups, and the media.
      • Project Snapshot: Imagine you are a 5th grade teacher. You recently entered a contest designed to familiarize schoolchildren with the American political system. You have been tasked with creating a 12 page children’s storybook using digital storytelling. Your finished product will be displayed in the 21st Century Media Room in a Washington D.C. Museum. The contest-winning book will be awarded a prize!
      • Project Guidelines:
      • Here's an example I created to model the assignment to students.
      • Student Sample
    • Great Moments in Civil Rights Commission Project
    • Economic Encounters
      • Project Snapshot: For this assignment, students used Ning to share daily economic encounters. The goal of this activity was to allow students to investigate ways economics impacts daily life, synthesize their finds on the class Ning, and apply academic concepts to defend how and why this real-world photograph reflects economics.
      • No formal lesson plan exists for this activity as much of the work was completed out of school, but click here to view the project guidelines.
      • No student examples exist as our class Ning page is now inactive due to the fees Ning has put in place for using their social network.
      • *This assignment will be updated in Fall 2012*
  • An original lesson plan using internet resources/search strategies to support a lesson on a specific content objective
    • Interactive Political Scrapbook Performance Assessment
      • Here are the lesson plans the Interactive Political Scrapbook Performance Assessment (they are embedded into the unit 2 lesson plans).
      • Project Snapshot: Imagine you are trying to pursue a career in journalism. The upcoming edition of Tiger Times Online will feature a political scrapbook that evaluates the political leadership and public service of an elected official in the American political system. You are competing among top editors, and having your political scrapbook published may open the door to future opportunities in the digital publishing world.
      • Click here to view the project wiki which includes all documents related to this assessment.
      • Click here to view a project wiki that includes modifications to support learning needs.
      • Student Example: Obamacare (*Students added non-linear actions to their PowerPoints in this assignment. For an optimal experience, view this PowerPoint in "presentation mode" and use the non-linear actions to transition through the scrapbook.
    • A Historical Look at Landmark Supreme Court Cases
      • Here are the lesson plans for this multi-day activity.
      • Project Snapshot: You have been selected to serve on a Landmark Supreme Court Case Commission. Your committee has been tasked with establishing the most important and influential Supreme Court case in recent history. As a commissioner, your group (2-3 people) must research and review a nominated court case and prepare an interactive presentation that will effectively persuade other members of the Landmark Supreme Court Case Commission to select your case as the most significant Supreme Court decision in recent times. Voting will take place in closed ballot. The winning group will receive bonus points!
      • Project Guidelines:
      • Student Sample: (*Students had the option to use many different presentation platforms including iMovie, Movie Maker, Photo Story, Prezi, and PowerPoint. This group did a particularly good job using PowerPoint).
  • An original lesson plan that is part of an interdisciplinary unit
    • Here are the lesson plans for a semester long PBL/CBL focused on contemporary issues.
    • Here is the Project Sketch for the PBL. I partnered with a colleague to implement this semester long assessment across the entire 12th grade. This project sketch demonstrates our initial brainstorming.
    • Project Snapshot: With a focus on “Evaluating a Contemporary Issue,” the Issue Project is designed to help students understand the role of local, county, state and federal government in addressing the complex issues that affect our community. In small groups, students will identify a problem that concerns them and then embark on a research investigation to clarify the issue and discover the economic and governmental institutions that can support solutions to the problem. The final product will be a digital media presentation for a public official who has the authority to address the issue.
    • Click here to view the project wiki which includes all documents related to this assessment.
    • Student Examples:
  • A brief personal vision statement on the use of technology to support student learning.
    • Click here to view my philosophy of education which highlights the importance of instructional technology.
    • Click here to view Fostering Creativity and Empathy of Social Studies Content Using Web 2.0 Applications; an educational research paper that uses brain-based research to illustrate how web 2.0 tools can be used to foster creativity and empathy of social studies content using differentiated instruction and an inquiry-based approach to making learning rigorous and relevant for all learners.
      • Here's a 60-word wordle generated from the paper; it serves as a visual snapshot of the content.
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4 | Leadership and Project Management Skills

  • Greater Philadelphia Area Workshops: In June 2011, I designed, organized, and delivered a series of 2-3 hour workshops in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
    • The dates, times, and locations of each workshop can be found on the Google Map embedded below.

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    • Click here to access a Live Binder of takeaway resources from the workshops.
    • Click here to view event feedback (*please note, participants names and locations have been removed to maintain their personal privacy).
  • Administrators Day of Discovery: In May 2011, I organized a one-day conference specifically designed for area Administrators including: building administrators, district administrators, district personnel, curriculum coordinators, and curriculum supervisors. The event was delivered to promote the Discovery Educator Network, Discovery Education digital content services, and support administrators as they work to facilitate the shift from students as consumers to students as producers. While my entire team supported the event, my responsibilities included but were not limited to: securing the location; securing the keynote speaker; securing the concurrent session presenters; developing the agenda and session grid for the day; setting up the catering; developing the signage for the event; acquiring prizes; managing the attendee list; creating name badges for all attendees; soliciting post-event feedback; providing post event resources; and fielding event inquiries and questions.
    • Participants included 80+ administrators from the DC Metro Area.
    • For more information, including the event essential questions and event flyer, visit my blog post announcing the event.
    • For post-event highlights, visit my blog post here.
    • Event Feedback (*please note, participants names and locations have been removed to maintain their personal privacy).
      • I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for including me in today's event. It was a fabulous morning with remarkable speakers and outstanding resources. Everyone should have walked away re-energized to continue to engage their students with Discovery tools in their classrooms.
      • Hello Cynthia
        I had a fabulous time getting re-energized Friday at the Administrator’s Day at Discovery.
        Thank you to all who set this up for us. It is great to hear and share thoughts with such knowledgeable and dynamic speakers.
  • Beyond the Textbook Day of Discovery: In May 2011, I organized a one-day conference specifically designed for educators. The event was delivered to promote the Discovery Educator Network, Discovery Education digital content services, and empower educators to "spring" beyond the textbook and discover ways to captivate the attention of 21st century learners. While my entire team supported the event, my responsibilities included but were not limited to: securing the location; securing the keynote speakers; securing the concurrent session presenters; developing the agenda and session grid for the day; setting up the catering; developing the signage for the event; acquiring prices; managing the attendee list and wait list; creating name badges for all attendees; working with corporate partners; developing the DEN STAR challenge to help build community; soliciting post-event feedback; providing post-event resources.
    • Participants included 180+ educators from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, and North Carolina.
    • For more information, visit my blog post announcing the event.
    • To read post-event highlights contributed by myself and other attendees, click here.
    • Event Feedback (*please note, participants names and locations have been removed to maintain their personal privacy).
      • Here's an Animoto Story developed by a participant who traveled from New Jersey.
      • Cynthia, Thanks for a great conference. I was running around my building showing various folks what sessions I attended and recruiting future DEN Stars.
      • Hi Cynthia, Thanks for a great day yesterday. I had so much fun, as did all of my staff members who were in attendance. We took away amazing ideas to implement next school year.
      • I had a great time. The people were fantastic. Everything was so organized and ran so smoothly. Thank you so much for including me. Please let me know if I can help out in the future.
  • STEMulating Student Engagement Webinar Series: I developed and delivered this webinar series that featured the resources available within Discovery Education to engage and inspire students with vibrant STEM content. Specifically, this webinar series showcased how to blend media-rich, interactive, inquiry-based content with creative instructional strategies to engage students in STEM activities, reinforce literacy skills, and encourage students to explore and pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
    • This webinar series was delivered in 3, 1 hour sessions during March 2011
    • Participants included educators and administrators
    • Click here to view my blog post about this webinar series:
    • Participant Feedback:
      • Thanks again for the information in yesterday’s webinar…I support all 19 buildings in our district with professional development and found the information to be something that our teachers should have.
      • Thank you. I look forward to utilizing the resources. I love your website, great resource for our content curriculum.
      • The webinar yesterday was wonderful. I will share what I learned with others. Great job!

5 | Instructional Technology Coursework and Professional Development

  • Masters of Science in Education, Instructional Media
    • Below are the courses I completed in the degree program. Please visit the program website for more detailed information on each course.
      • ED 520: Using Assessment to Guide Instruction
      • EDIM 501: Cognition and Technology: Aligning Brain-Based Research and Technology Integration
      • EDIM 502: Project-Based Learning
      • EDIM 503: Differentiation Supported by Technology
      • EDIM 504: Digital Storytelling
      • EDIM 507: Globalization and Advocacy
      • EDIM 508: Digital Media in the Classroom
      • EDIM 510: Web 2.0: Impacting Learning Environments
      • EDIM 513: Inquiry-Based Learning
      • EDIM 514: Internet Tools for Teaching

  • Professional Development (2011-2012 School Year)
    • Advanced Placement Economics Conference, October 2011
    • iThink iNeed iPads in the Classroom, December 2011
    • Integrating SMART Interactive Whiteboards into Classroom Instruction – Intermediate, January 2012
    • Virtual Economics, February 2012
    • Flipping Your Classroom with FIZZ, March 2012
    • Creating Visually Informative Projects, March 2012
    • Social Learning Summit, April 2012
    • SMS High School Year End Grade Reporting, May 2012
    • SMS – Keystone Online Overview and Navigation of Chancery SMS, June 2012
    • iPads in the Elementary Classroom, June 2012
    • CollegeBoard AP Summer Institute – Economics, June 2012
    • Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute, July 2012
    • Connected Educator Month - Collective Brain Webinar, August 2012

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