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Special Education School

Location:
Nanaimo, British Columbia, V9T 5N6, Canada
Posted:
March 25, 2011

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KERRY ARMSTRONG, MA

**** ******* ****, *******, ******* Columbia, V9T 5N6

Residence: (250) ***-**** Cell: (250) ***-****

Email: pd70ok@r.postjobfree.com

SUMMARY

Over 25 years experience in Education (Universal Design for Learning, International Education, Health and Literacy). Combine an in-depth understanding of pedagogy (varied abilities, cultures and settings), experience with strong qualifications in adapted learning and leadership and training. Maintain a solid track record of delivering successful and diverse instruction. Conversant in English and French. Expertise includes:

• IT Innovation for Learning

• Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

• Special Education and Technology

• Adult Pedagogy

• Competency Based Assessment

• Customized Learning Plans (IEPs) • Diversity and Inclusion

• Leadership and Change

• Planning and Documentation

• Assessment For Learning (AFL)

• Team Development

• International Education

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Publications

Published research in Canadian Education Association Journal (Jan 2011)

Published article on “The Propeller Model” in BC Ministry Teaching to Diversity Newsletter (Nov 2010) (attached)

Published articles about Universal Design for Learning in International, National and Provincial Journals and in a Chapter of a book to be published in International ICSEI book based on our presentation in Malaysia Jan 2010

Presentations

Paper Presented at International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) Cypress (Jan 2011), Malaysia (2010), Vancouver (2009)

Presented work on Universal Design for Learning “Propelling Beyond Boundaries” to the Council of Administrators in Special Education (CASE) Vancouver (August 2010)

Invited to discuss Technology in Education with colleagues from around the province at a meeting with Ministry leaders “Probing the role of technology in Personalized Learning for the 21st Century Aug 31” Vancouver (August 2010)

Paper presented at the Canadian Society for Studies in Education Montreal (May 2010)

Faye Brownlie invited me to present with her at her workshops in Teaching to Diversity Vancouver and Victoria (2009)

Regular visiting presenter on the subject of implementing UDL for the Special Education Teacher Specialty Program (SETS) and Education students at VIU

Presented research at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) based on a professional collaboration study using Knowledge Forum Toronto (2006)

COMPETENCIES

Teaching to Diversity:

In collaboration with all outside agencies to support student and staff learning developed IEPs and integrated the use of technology for each learning challenge at all levels of education in BC

Member of the School Based Team for Special Education for 4 years

Practiced an inclusive model as the special education teacher by working with students in their classrooms who have diverse learning needs by creating trusting relationships with their instructors and by utilizing consultative opportunities to provide learning that is more effective for each secondary and post-secondary student

Support colleagues throughout the district and province in the implementation of instructional tools to support diverse learners including technology tools such as: Kurzweil, ARC-BC and other free online tools

Supported children with diverse learning needs by advocating for the use of instructional tools such as: technology, graphic organizers, assessment for learning practices, and IEP documents

Teacher at Post-Secondary, Secondary and Elementary of diverse students with multiple learning challenges

Volunteered as a coach and instructor for disabled participants at Mount Washington, BC for 10 years where I learned to adapt learning situations and I learned that a ‘Can Do’ approach (by both the instructor and learner), and trust are keys to overcoming learning challenges

Teacher and instructor of English as a Second Language

Teacher and instructor of special needs students

Co-taught and planned with the Aboriginal Resource Teacher to address the needs of aboriginal students as they prepared for success in the English 10 Provincial Exam

Completed all processes for the successful implementation of IEPs for students with diverse learning needs

Developed lesson sequences in partnership with the Aboriginal District Resource Team

Taught and led international secondary and post-secondary students from: Asia, The Middle East, Mexico, South America and Europe to support each student’s learning in all course work and cultural adjustments by co-teaching, co-planning, providing professional development opportunities for colleagues, building bridges with host families and the community

Educational Technology:

Researched, gathered, stored and shared digital resources throughout the district for students and staff by utilizing digital texts and digital reading and writing tools in Word and Adobe, to improve student achievement

Moodle website for each VIU course that I have taught

Online Literature Circles in partnership with Arrow Lakes School District #10

Online Professional Development and professional conversations to improve instruction

Collaboration with consultants with Special Education BC (SET-BC)

Worked to create partnerships with Malaspina University-College and SD#69 to study and implement Inquiry, Information Circles, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Assessment for Learning AFL

Implemented online and e-learning in school district and at VIU utilizing: Moodle, WEB CT, Knowledge Forum, Classroom Suite, Inspiration, and Kurzweil for staff and students to improve inquiry based learning

Staff Training and Development:

Created an Inquiry team consisting of partners from SD#69, VIU and SET-BC to formally research an innovative inquiry model called “The Propeller Model”

Literacy Lead Teacher at Coal Tyee Elementary

Leading inquiry at each school in partnership with the Network of Performance Based Schools (NPBS)

Co-facilitated District Professional Development – UDL Café

Designed and developed action research to show how the use of technology could improve student learning which I presented at the Council of Administrators in Special Education (CASE) in Vancouver 2010 and at the Virtual Schools Society Spring Conference 2009

Recruited a team of educators for online collaboration with the purpose of developing a proposal, which was reviewed by the senior management team, to address low learner participation

Collaborated with the Professional Development Team to implement a new model called a “Reading Circle” for a year with the purpose of creating ongoing dialogue leading to action plans which lead to the school goals for the following year

Coached and supervised student teachers, monitored their progress, and formally reported their achievement to the College of Teachers

Project Management:

The “Propeller Model” Inquiry Team researches, wins grants, presents work widely and publishes work

By using the process of inquiry in partnership with the Network of Performance Based Schools (NPBS) which involves creating a team, vision and action plan, I have collaborated to produce school wide acceptance of goals, presented proposals and action plans to senior administration which outlined practical, inexpensive solutions to longstanding re-occurring issues and I have worked with the team to present the work provincially, nationally and internationally

Implementation of UDL

Professional Development by implementing ‘Reading Circles’

Team research and presentations, provincially, nationally and internationally

Professional Development conferences

Collaborated with classroom teachers to implement the new Math curriculum and to use the diagnostic tools from First Steps in Math

EDUCATION

Master of Arts – Leadership and Training Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC 2005

Thesis Topic: “How Can Online Asynchronous Dialogue Facilitate Collaboration?”

Courses Included: Learning and Change, Systems Thinking, Resolving Conflict, Organizations and Change

2005

Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC 1984

Post-Degree Professional Teaching Certificate

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC 1984

Bachelor of Physical Education

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC 1982

Senior Matriculation

York House School, Vancouver, BC

1978

PRESENTATIONS

2011

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) Cypress

2010

Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE),

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) Malaysia,

Canadian Council for Studies in Education (CSSE) Montreal,

Network for Performance Based Schools (NPBS) Vancouver,

Ministry of Education,

VIU education classes

Special Education Teacher Specialty Program (SETS) VIU

2009

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) Vancouver

Virtual Schools Society, Vancouver

UDL Café, Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Excellence at Randerson Ridge, Vancouver

Faye Brownlie’sTeaching to Diversity Series, BC Superintendents’ Association,

Universal Design for Learning, Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association

2008

Implementation of Kurzweil Software, Nanaimo District Teachers’ Association

Including Diverse Learners, Reading Circles, Woodlands Secondary School

Using Technology in the Classroom, Woodlands Secondary School

Using Technology in the Classroom, Woodlands Secondary School

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY, Nanaimo, BC

Faculty of Education Instructor

Report to the Dean of Education for a University with over 18,000 students and over 2,000 faculty and staff.

Taught a course on Professional Inquiry in partnership with Dr. Paige Fisher with over 40 5th year education students

Implemented Moodle for marking and course discussion

Received a research grant of $1500 in partnership with Dr. Fisher and Mary-Lynn Epps

Received a $1200 travel grant to present our paper at CSSE in Montreal 2009-2010

SCHOOL DISTRICT #68, Nanaimo/Ladysmith, BC

Elementary (Randerson Ridge and Cole Tyee) and Secondary (Dover, Barsby, Woodlands, Wellington) Teacher

Report to Director of Instruction for a School District with over 15,000 students and 1400 employees.

Teacher of Student Support Special Education, Gr. 6-12, Science, Math, French, PE, CAPP, Resource Room, English and ESL

Member of School Based Team for Special Education

Completed all documentation related to Special Education Students (IEPs)

Committee Member/Teaching to Diversity

• Co-facilitator of the UDL Café 2008-2009

• Reading Circle Professional Development leading to Action Research and Presentations

Action Research/Presented at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Professional Development Planning Committee – Introduced “Reading Circles” Professional Development Model, which led to the creation of School Goals.

Fund-raiser/raised over $500 for Cancer Research by organizing a school wide run and bar-b-q

Coach/Grade 6 Girls Volleyball

Teacher of International Education/field trips to Vancouver and Victoria, implemented technology for language acquisition, assessed students’ language levels, supervised student progress in academic programs, developed partnerships within the school and community to support student achievement

Teacher of Physical Education/Completed a collaborative proposal to enhance female participation in PE class

Team teacher/shared classrooms with Aboriginal Support Teacher at Woodlands Secondary and Literacy Lead teacher at Randerson Ridge Elementary

1999-Present

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY, Nanaimo, BC

Faculty of Education Instructor

Instructor of Student Teachers - taught over 45 students an Assessment and Youth Development course

Moodle Course work

Supervisor of final teaching practica

Faculty of International Education Instructor

Instructor in the International Education Faculty

Instructor of English as a Second Language to adults/organized field trips, online learning, Can 8 program

2005

2000-2002

SCHOOL DISTRICT # 27 CARIBOO-CHILCOTIN, 100 Mile House, BC

Secondary Teacher

1993-1998

SCHOOL DISTRICT #59 SOUTH PEACE, Dawson Creek, BC

Secondary Teacher

1990-1993

SCHOOL DISTRICT #85 VANCOUVER ISLAND NORTH, Port Hardy, BC

Elementary and Secondary Teacher

1986-1990

SCHOOL DISTRICTS #44, #45, #46, LANGLEY, WEST AND NORTH VANCOUVER, BC

Teacher 1985-1986

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

First Steps in Math, Island Network, (56 Hrs)

Teaching to Diversity, BC Teachers’ Federation (120 Hrs to Date)

Learning Format: Reading Circle Professional Development

Teaching Students with Autism and FAS (12 hours)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training (6 hours)

Implementing Assistive Technology in Classrooms, Special Ed. Technology (32 Hrs)

Assessment For Learning, BC Education Leadership Council (30 Hrs)

Learning Format: Webcast and Study Group

Later Literacy Series, Literacy Lead Teachers, School District #68 & 69 (12 Hrs)

Leadership Development, Senior Administration, School District #68 (36 Hrs)

Conflict Resolution in the Workplace

WHMIS

Human Rights at VIU 2009

2005 to Present

2008

2008

2008

2000-2002

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

BC School Superintendents Association Fall Conference, Victoria 2010

Network for Performance Based Schools 2009 and 2010

Virtual Schools Society 2009

Teaching to Diversity: Learning Assistance Teachers Association, Vancouver 2008

Engaging Learning: Purposeful Leadership, Network for Performance Based Schools(16 Hrs) 2008

Assessment for Learning Webcasts, BC Education Leadership Council (24 Hrs ) 2007-2009

Teaching to Diversity, by Faye Brownlie, School District #69 (16 Hrs)

2008

Leadership for Learning, by Faye Brownlie (16 Hrs) 2008

Web in the Classroom, School District #44 & Ed. Resource Acquisition Centre (8 Hrs) 2008

Smart Board Introduction, School District #68 (3 Hrs) 2008

Universal Design for Learning, by Dr Dave Edyburn (8 Hrs) 2007

First Nations Education, Snuneymuxw Aboriginal Community (8 Hrs) 2007

Economic Diversity, by Dr Ruby Payne (8 Hrs) 2007

Knowledge Building, by Dr Marlene Scardamalia, ON Institute for Studies in Ed. (45 Hrs) 2006

COMPUTER SKILLS

Software: Kurzweil, ARC-BC, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Moodle, Knowledge Forum, Inspiration, Web CT, iwork, ilisten, imovie, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Voice Thread

Platforms: MAC and PC

PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERISM

Peer Review of Academic Research Papers, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education 2007 & 2008

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERISM

BC Kidney Association, Canvasser, Nanaimo, BC 2001 to 2007

BC Cancer Association, Canvasser, Nanaimo, BC 2001 to 2007

Vancouver Island Adaptive Ski Program, Instructor, Mt. Washington, BC 1999 to 2007

REFERENCES

Faye Brownlie

Author/Educational Consultant

604-***-****

Donna Klockars

SD#68 District Literacy Lead - Retired

250-***-****

Neil Smith Professor

Vancouver Island University

250-***-**** (home)

Dr. Harry Janzen

Dean of Education

Vancouver Island University

250-***-****

Dianne Rhenisch

Director of Instruction

Campbell River, BC

250-***-**** Barb McLeod

Instructor VIU - retired

250-***-**** Barb Daniels

District Principal

Student Support

SD #69 Parksville/Qualicum

250-***-****

Dr. Paige Fisher

Professor

Faculty of Education

Vancouver Island University

250-***-****

Sylvia Scow

Associate Director of Aboriginal Education – VIU

250-***-**** Dr. Judy Halbert

Professor

Faculty Vancouver Island University, Education and Director of Network of Performance Based Schools Dr. Linda Kaser

Professor

Faculty Vancouver Island University, Education and Director of Network of Performance Based Schools



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