Chief Learning Officer, Mouse, Inc. – New York, NY
Previously Senior Director | Learning Design
Oversee the instructional content and learning models associated with Mouse Programs nationally. Partner with organizational leadership to guide a strategic vision that helps realize its mission to empower and mobilize young leaders, makers, and innovators around the problems of their time. Lead the design and development of new content and cultivate partnerships that support the strategic growth of Mouse’s impact. Head strategy for the organization’s learning technology product, including award-winning web development efforts. Write, speak, and present to national audiences on behalf of the organization, and manage board and advisory committees aimed at strengthening Mouse’s positioning within the landscape of K12 education, and national priorities related to STEM learning and creativity. Steward major partnerships with leading technology groups including Mozilla Foundation and Microsoft PiL, and National grant-making organizations including the Department of Commerce and National Science Foundation.
Producer, Host, No Such Thing Podcast – NYC
Produce and host a podcast covering the promise and reality of learning with technology downloaded in 39 countries. Learn more at NoSuchThingPodcast.org.
Youth Studies Practitioner Fellow, City University of New York – NYC
Designed and taught the first course on digital learning for CUNY SPS, MA in Youth Studies. The course, Youth Identity & Digital Environments, is a survey of youth development and digital learning for practicing and pre-professional educators that deconstructs the myths and reality of learning with technology in the digital age.
Freelance Reviewer, Games for Learning @ CommonSense Media – San Francisco, CA
Write game reviews for CommonSense’s award-winning platform for consumer information helping parents and young learners make smart decisions about media consumption and interaction. Contributed new content as an education games reviewer to help launch Graphite, a new platform for teachers.
Education Director, Mouse, Inc. – New York, NY
Led strategy to grow program delivery and content development team by more than 100% over four years. Cultivated curriculum development efforts, web development, partnerships, and managed local and national grants with annual programmatic expenses up to 2 million dollars. Led the succesful effort to win a 2012 MacArthur / HASTAC Digital Media & Learning Challenge grant to establish systems supporting the national Badges for Lifelong Learning effort. Managed organizational capacity-building efforts and assumed regular human resource responsibilities – performance reviews, contracts, and financial negotiations – for full-time staff and contractors. Lead organization’s commitment as a founding member to build the Hive Learning Network, NYC.
Manager, Education & Assessment, Mouse, Inc. – New York, NY
Designed and managed content, features, and learner experience for the migration from analog to digital platforms for learning and developmental goals across organization’s national network. Managed contract curriculum developers, along with summative and formative evaluation efforts. Establish goals and long-term strategy for action and impact. Led efforts to pivot pedagogy, training formats, and new content toward experiential, design-based learning.
Program Manager, Foundations, Inc. – Moorestown, NJ
Supervised projects for Foundations’ Center for Afterschool and Community Education (CACE). Major role associated with the development and execution of the Afterschool Academies, a national partnership under a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation designed to deliver professional development in non-formal education, and professionalize the field of afterschool. Role included conceptualization and development of training models to fit the needs of administrators and front-line staff in programs nationally. Presentation and facilitation of training modules. Lead planning and execution of logistics for single- and multi-day training events. Scouted and managed vendor relationships. Managed all facets of the development and production of training tools and materials. Supervised data collection, evaluation, and reporting processes. Collaborated to develop the CACE website and online resources for educators.
Manager of Education Programs, Citi Center for Performing Arts – Boston, MA
Managed The Center’s educational outreach initiative in communities throughout Massachusetts. Executed all related administrative tasks, including: scheduling, budgeting, hiring artistic staff, marketing and recruitment, training and materials development, registration and evaluation of programs. Developed and implemented initiatives such as Shakespeare in School, expanding the presence of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; spearheaded expansion of Arts Can Teach, a program promoting interdisciplinary teaching and learning; co-founded and developed Eats and Beats, a partnership to bring live Jazz to Boston school lunchrooms; and worked to recreate and implement One Voice, a speaker series bringing prominent local figures to Boston Public Schools to present on issues of social action. Co-directed over 150 volunteers and 2000 participants for The Wang Center and Fleet Boston Celebrity Series’ Dance Across The City Day. Managed educational collaboration with Jewish Theater of New England and served as a Kennedy Center Partner in Education. Directed all facets of statewide college-bound scholarship program. Coordinated in-school visits for national touring companies. Created and maintained partnerships with teachers, school principals and district administrators.
Teaching Associate, Citizen Schools – Boston, MA
Taught and implemented daily afterschool program elements for hands-on, experiential learning program. Built creative writing and media-making curricula for 9- to-14 year-olds. Planned, organized and implemented group learning and “exploration” activities, and assisted Campus Director in carrying out program operations. Gained valuable teaching experience through development and regular implementation of curriculum on team-building, social skills, conflict resolution and public speaking. Wrote and maintained bi-weekly newsletter for students, school staff, and parents. Assisted in program recruitment, up-keep of campus compliance to meet state child services regulations, and behavior management.
Assistant Policy Director, Campaign to Elect Myrth York, Gov. – Rhode Island
Assisted in on-going creation of new policy ideas and platforms. Formulated backup research for new policies. Assisted in writing speeches, talking points and Q&A sheets for candidate. Served as intermediary between policy and press offices, fielding questions from statewide and local press. Served as primary administrator for research, constituent correspondence, and briefing materials. Also maintained regular campaigning duties such as candidate staffing, field organization and voter outreach.
ACADEMIC PROJECTS / RESEARCH
Graduate Assistant, American History Workshop – Brooklyn, NY
Worked with principal content developers – historians, media producers, exhibiting organizations – on the ongoing design and development of multiple historical exhibitions for major museums and cultural centers. Graduate Practicum providing research and production assistance with analytic focus on the design and production of educational interactives for historical content.
Freelance Associate, Games 4 Change – New York, NY
Aided in the planning and execution of the annual G4C festival, uniting scholars in the fields of education and psychology of learning with designers in gaming and interactive media. Conducted and disseminated research for grant proposals in the merging fields of education and interactive media.
Production Assistant, Prof. Francine Shucat-Shaw – New York, NY
Assisted with pre-production and production of The Test, a web-based video narrative and PSA shot in HD addressing modern issues impact
ing behavior and awareness of HIV/AIDS for at-risk adults. Distributed in collaboration with Medical Health and Research Association (MHRA) of NY. Aided in pre-production logistics management, location scouting, and general production assistance.
Co-Designer, Girl Scouts of the USA – New York, NY
Served as one of two principal volunteer Instructional Designers in the development of GSUSA’s web-based new volunteer training platform. Performed organizational needs assessment and learner analysis, worked with key administrators to devise primary and secondary learning objectives, and developed final design of instruction and interface blueprint to guide production.
Research Assistant, Prof. Patricia Zimmermann – Ithaca, NY
Literary Assistant, Soho Theatre and Writers’ Centre – London, England
Editorial Assistant, Simon and Schuster Publishing – New York, NY
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development
Master of Arts, Educational Communication & Technology
Graduate Thesis: CineTouch Interactive Video for Language Development in Users with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Ithaca College, Roy H. Park School Of Communications
Bachelor of Science, Cinema and Photography