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1995-present Assistant and Associate Professor of Education at Nebraska Wesleyan University
1995 Outreach Facilitator, Nebraska Department of Education, Excellence in Education
Council. Conducted statewide, grant writing workshops and assisted applications for
innovative, school improvement grants worth $8.2 million (primarily technology-oriented).
1994-1995 Consultant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Education,
researched the effectiveness of technology usage and improvement of instruction within
Chapter Two programs.
1993-1994 Part-Time Instructor of Education at NWU and doctoral student
ED 264--Methods in Teaching Social Sciences in Middle and Secondary Schools
ED I--Introduction to American Education
1992-1993 St. Wenceslaus Elementary (K-8) School, Omaha, NE. Taught 6th-8th grades, Social Studies.
1989-1992 NWU, assistant mens basketball student, doctoral student and substitute teacher.
1986-1989 Gretna Junior-Senior High School, Gretna, NE. Taught 7th, 8th, and 12th grades, Social
Studies. Coached 9th Football and 10-12th Basketball.
1984-1986 Norris Middle School, Firth, NE. Taught 7th-8th grades, Social Studies. Coached 8th
Football and volunteer coach, 10-12th Basketball.
1996 University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Ph.D.
“The Impact of Multimedia Instruction upon Student Attitude and Achievement and Relationship to
Major: Administration, Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Instruction and Technology)
1988 UNL, M.Ed.
Major: Curriculum and Instruction (Emphasis in Secondary Curriculum and Education Psychology)
1984 UNL, B.S.
Major: History/Social Studies; Secondary Education certification
To be provided.
Nebraska Wesleyan University
ED 299--Student Teaching Seminar (1995-2007)
ED 235 & 236--Secondary Methods of Teaching and Assessment; with Applied Practicum
ED 220--Middle School Methods of Teaching and Assessment; with Applied Practicum
ED and SPED 187--Instructional Technology for Educators
Supervision of Elementary (Art), Middle and Secondary School/s Student Teachers
Liberal Arts Seminar (Interdisciplinary Leadership)
Faculty sponsor for the Student Education Association and honorary, Kappa Delta Pi
2003-2006 Eisenhower and/or Improving Teacher Quality Grant Workshops (3) for K-12 teachers
1997-2004 Howard Hughes Medical Institution Grant for Science Outreach and Instructional
Technology Workshop (three weeks). Developed and led instruction on instructional
technology for 12-14 science teachers, each June. *2000-2004, directed all outreach
activities, approximately, $600,000, sponsored activities.
Liberal Arts Seminar (Interdisciplinary Leadership), M-W-F, 11-11:50 plus service learning (tbd)
ED and SPED 187, M-W-F, 2-3:30
ED 220, T, arranged
ED 235 and 236, T, R, 8:30-9:45 and various observation work during these AM slots
Student Teachers and Practicum Students--arranged
Upward Bound--July, first- and second weeks.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES, PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS:
2009 “Student-Centered Learning and the Role of Web 2.0 Technology-Based Modules”. Colorado Technology in Education State Conference. Presented with three alums. Two-hour workshop (June).
“Student-Centered Learning and the Role of Technology-Based Modules”.
Co-presented with two alums at the Nebraska Education Technology Association (NETA) State Conference, Omaha (April).
2008 Selected as one of 20 national advisors to participate in a forum at the National Conference for Accreditation on NEA issues, Chicago.
2007 “How to Develop Learning Communities With Instructional Technologies”. Co-presented with one, NWU student at the NETA State Conference, Omaha (April).
2006 “Marzano’s Research-based Instructional Strategies and Technology Integration”. Co-presented with two, NWU students at the NETA State Conference, Omaha (April).
2005 One of four, national advisors, selected to write two articles for "Advisements", national magazine for NEA Faculty Advisors. Articles are “Is Teaching On My Ouija Board?” and “Steps to Foster Student Leadership”.
Selected to present at the National NEA Student Advisors Conference, on “Steps to Foster Student Education Association Organizations”, San Antonio, TX.
“Models for Effective Technology Integration”. Presented at the NETA State Conference (April).
2004 “Improving Preservice and Inservice Training Through Integrating Science, Math and Technology in the Teaching of Culturally Diverse Students at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the College of Saint Mary”, Technology and Teacher Education Annual-2004, Phoenix: Society for Informational Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Spring; and presented the paper at the Conference.
2009 Co-wrote grant to the Woods Foundation for $18, 880.00 to fund two week, math, science, and technology workshops for 40 Upward Bound students. Taught and co-directed 2008, 2009 workshop at NWU.
2007 Co-Director for a $1.6 million grant proposal, to the Howard Hughes Medical Institution. Responsible for 2008-2012, K-12 Outreach. Application was a finalist but not funded.
2004-05 Co-wrote and co-directed Improving Teacher Quality Grant on “Using Dyad Technology Teams of Preservice and Inservice Teachers to Acquire Essential Assessment Skills to Create Authentic, Instructional Modules” at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the College of Saint Mary, worth $55,525.00. http://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/depts/education/mcdonald/NDEQualityEducation... teacherquality.html *Involved Waverly, Lux MS (LPS), Millard, and Omaha PS.
2003 Wrote and directed $13,500.00 grant from the Nebraska Department of Education for “Technology Integration and Support of K-16 Teachers”.
2002-2003 Wrote and directed $23,579.33 grant from the Nebraska Department of Education for “Teacher Quality-Attracting and Retaining Teacher Educators”.
Co-wrote and co-directed Eisenhower/NWU Grant for “Improving Preservice and Inservice Training Through Integrating Science, Math and Technology in the Teaching of Culturally Diverse Students at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the College of Saint Mary” worth $64,945.00.
2000 Co-wrote with the NWU, Howard Hughes Medical Institution Grant Development
Team, and won four years of funding worth $1.1 million. Responsible for K-12 Outreach, 2000-2004. (Refer to “Teaching and Professional Experience” section). Co-wrote and directed, Eisenhower Project to Improve Preservice and Inservice Training for the Teaching of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students”, $54,000.
1999 Co-wrote and directed Eisenhower Grant Project to “Improve Preservice and Inservice Training for the Teaching of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students”. $ 69,940.00.
Evaluated the “Citizenship Grant” at Lincoln High School from the NE Excellence in Education Fund, approximately, $200,000.
1998 Co-wrote and directed Eisenhower Grant Project to Improve Preservice and Inservice Training for the Teaching of Culturally/Linguistically Diverse Students”. $ 52,000.00.
Refer to the next section "Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards" for further specifics.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING, ASSESSMENT, AND/OR ADVANCED WORK WITH THE STATE
2010 Serving on AdvancED accreditation team, North Platte.
2008-2009 Conducted research on various K-12 school districts over STARS with UNL primary
Served on AdvancED accreditation team, Sandhills Public Schools.
Served on AdvancED accreditation team, Lincoln Public Schools.
2008 Reviewed NDE Assessment Portfolios in various school districts.
Served on AdvancED accreditation team, Hartington.
2007 Completed Assessment Portfolio training by NDE.
Completed Quality Assurance/AdvancED training by NDE.
2006 Completed AdvancED School Improvement training (two days), Lincoln.
2005 Participant, NE Council of School Administrators, AdvancED training on “State Standards and
School Improvement” (7 hours), Lincoln.
SELECTED SERVICE AND RECOGNITION:
2008-present --President of the UNL Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Updated website, http://pdk.unl.edu/
and establishing training workshops such as “Professional Learning Communities and
the Role of Data”, by Dr. Tammy Hefflebower, April, 2009, co-sponsored by LPS.
2008 Elected VP of the NWU American Association of University Professors
2007 --Selected and serve as Membership Chair on the Phi Delta Kappa Executive Board
--Served on UNL Educational Administration Search Committee
--Elected Secretary of the NWU American Association of University Professors
2006 --Selected by the NE Student Education Association to attend the National Education
Conference, San Diego, CA.
--Nominated for election to the NE State Educators Technology Association
2003-present Paper reviewer for the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) and SITE
National Conferences, respectively.
2003 Served on Nebraska Department of Education Technology Catalyst Grant Task Forces
on “Higher Education and Technology Usage” and “Technology Standards”.
2002-2003 Selected and served on the Nebraska Educators’ Summer Technology Training Institute
2002 Nominated for the NWU Outstanding Teacher Award—Prouty.
1998-present Member of Saint Leo’s Catholic Church of Palmyra, NE. Parish Co-Coordinator of three
year program, “Disciples in Mission”, 2002-2005; elected and serve on Parish Council,
2005-present; trained and serve as lector and acolyte.
1997-2005 Nebraska Human Resources Research Foundation. Board of Directors, Research Chair
(2000-05) and served on the Executive Committee to foster leadership development.
1997-1998 Applied and won the NWU Kenneth R. Holder Fellowship for instructional improvement
(one awarded to a faculty member; 95 FTE at NWU).
1996 Nebraska Goals 2000 Sub-Committee. Selected and developed benchmark indicators
for Nebraska frameworks. February.
1995-2000 Manuscript reviewer for technology proposals in “Theory and Research in Social Education”.
1995 Nebraska Social Studies Framework Committee. Selected and participated in four-day
development of frameworks, instruction, and activities. May.
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP:
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
International Society for Technology in Education
Kappa Delta Pi
National and State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
National and Nebraska Education Association
Nebraska Council of School Administrators
Nebraska Education Technology Association
Phi Delta Kappa