INCLUSIVE INNOVATION - USER-CENTERED DESIGN - PARENT EXPLORATORY STEAM LEARNING NIGHTS
Multigenerational learning through the discovery-based approach to creative problem solving and play. Students became teachers of their families and teachers.
Led inclusive design approaches to create Parent Exploratory Learning STEAM nights at 10 urban schools. They included: various TK-6 robots, building circuits, Lego construction, giant decks of cards and tangrams, Makey Makey foot pianos, green screen technology creations, Scratch coding, etc.
SATURDAY EXPLORATION ACADEMY
Designed and led customized Saturday Exploration Academies based on experiential, discovery based learning for school districts.
Students became the teachers and designed and taught learning experiences for their classmates.
COTSEN PRINCIPALS' TECH NETWORK - CO-FOUNDER
Co-founded the Principals' Tech Network in 2016 for the Cotsen Foundation for the Art of Teaching in response to the gap between leadership and practice in school districts.
BUILT 1ST MAKERSPACES IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA
This video highlights the impact of the first Makerspace I designed which served as the model for Makerspaces across numerous nationwide public school districts. It was my dissertation brought to life.
RESEARCH TO PRACTICE FOR EDUCATORS
Synthesized research, conducted qualitative ethnographic research, then wrote books for educators guiding them on how to apply the research into practice.
Research/Practice/Publish cycle repeated 56 times:
synthesize learning sciences research - design and develop - implementation and iteration - conduct qualitative ethnographic research - analyze data - improve/iterate - conduct qualitative ethnographic research - blog for input - present at trainings/conferences - publish.
CONFERENCE CREATOR AND ORGANIZER
Created, organized, and led teacher-designed conferences for multiple school districts to share across district lines and learn from/with each other, including TEDx, Edcamp, school district, and regional conferences.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE WORKSHOP SPEAKER
Designed and led numerous international workshops on topics including: design thinking, inclusive innovation, robotics & emerging technology, entrepreneurship, technology integration, learning sciences research, helping learners thrive, learner-centered design, student-centered learning, and organizational leadership.
CREATED & LED - CODING/PROGRAMMING ACROSS SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Created and led coding/programming across two large school districts. This included training the families, educators, leaders, and students in numerous creative ways and participation in yearly global coding challenges.
INTEGRATED LEARNING INSTITUTE
Designed, created, and led the 4 day Integrated Learning Institute (ILI) for Principal teams from 6 public school districts through the Cotsen Foundation.
It focused on weaving the NGSS Crosscutting standards through math, literacy, and social studies into meaningful hands-on, impact-driven learning experiences to transform classroom learning.