Susan Lucille DavisTeacher. Leader. Blogger. Learner.
4016 Pershing Ave.Fort Worth, TX 76107
VisionToday we all must become architects of our own learning to meet the challenges of our constantly changing world. As educators, we must empower all learners with agency, whether they are children or adults, and give them access to both the materials they need and the skills they require to grow. We must inspire learners with experiences that promote inquiry and spark empathy, within a context of global collaboration. As leaders in our profession, we must explore the best ways to communicate and share what we learn, and we must model what it means to adapt to diverse tools and environments.
Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, 2016; Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, 2017.
Columbia University, Teachers College, Summer Reading and Writing Workshop, 2013.
Goucher College, Towson, MD, Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership, 2004.
Teacher Certification: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Trinity College, Washington, DC; Towson University, Towson, MD; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 1993-2001.
George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, MFA in Creative Writing, 1986. Thesis: Life Stories (novella and short stories).
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, BA Magna Cum Laude, 1978. Phi Beta Kappa. Major: English; Minor: Women’s Studies.
Professional Development Director, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, April 2017 to present.
Organize and execute annual conference, design and manage online micro-courses, conduct webinars and user groups, write blog post, newsletter, website copy, and social media, present at national conferences.
Self-Employed Education Strategist, December 2015 to June 2017.
Consultant to schools and associations on effective use of educational technology and social media. Projects included:
* Education Technology Consultant, Turquoise Trail Elementary Charter School., February 2017. Conducted audit and provided recommendations on educational technology and professional development.
* Social Media Consultant, National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, DC, October to December 2016. Researched, wrote, and monitored “Deep Dive” social media content on leadership..
* Consultant, Educational Collaborators, Sunset Hills, Missouri, September 2016 to June 2017.. Evaluated and advised on educational technology for two technology audits,
* Curriculum Consultant, Adventures in Writing Camps, San Francisco, California, December 2015 to June 2016. Designed curricula and developed lesson plans for new middle school program focusing on empowering writers through blogging and TED-style presentations.
Community Volunteer, September 2016 to present. American Association of University Women -- Tarrant County Branch.
Assist with programs in support of young women and education, manage social media, serve as technology advisor to the Board, developed Phenomenal Women courses as fundraiser.
Nature Reach, Fort Worth Texas, October 2016 to April 2017.
Provided assistance for after-school programs.
Upper School English Teacher, 'Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawai'i, August 2014 to June 2016.
Collaborated with grade-level teams to retool traditional curricula focusing on 21st-century skills in English 7, English 8, and electives for juniors and seniors (Creative Nonfiction and Creative Writing). Highlights include: introducing notebook hacking to creative writing programs, instituting student design teams for year-long authentic projects, adding global programs, and curriculum redesign to incorporate a blogging as writing curriculum.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Houston, Texas, August 2012 to June 2014. Developed a student-driven, technology-infused curriculum to teach reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary for 5th- and 6th-grade Language Arts. Highlights include designing a year-long co-curricular project for English and science using student-led design teams, building digital literacy and digital citizenship skills, introducing infographics for nonfiction reading groups, incorporating digital storytelling, and designing and co-teaching three elective courses.
Part-time Instructor, CTYOnline, Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University, Summer 2012.
Taught “In Search Of,” online course for GT students, grades 4-6, worldwide.
Community Leader and Consultant, Powerful Learning Practice, Virginia Beach, VA, September 2011 to April 2012.
Coached online community of educators from diverse disciplines and backgrounds in 21st-century learning practice, including blended learning, professional/personal learning networks, and digital tools.
Administrator/Teacher, Chinquapin Preparatory School, Highlands, Texas, August 2005 to June 2012.
Led faculty with increasing responsibilities as Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Dean of Faculty/Academic Dean, in addition to teaching assignments; designed and implementing a year-long teacher training program for new faculty and teaching fellows; developed innovative professional development programs for faculty; originated and oversaw Creativity Week; inaugurated TEDxYouth Day in collaboration with area independent schools; designed and implemented a capstone program; re-engaged at-risk students through a program blending program of individual coaching, skills reinforcement, inspirational speakers, and “genius hour” projects.
Chair, English Department, Highland School, Warrenton, VA, 2004 to 2005.
As Department Chair and teacher of English, conducted department-specific curriculum review; taught 9th-Grade English and AP English Language and Composition; inaugurated lunchtime atheneum, a student-led salon for discussing art and literature.
Chair, English Department, St. Timothy’s School, Stevenson, MD, 1997 to 2004; Director of Educational Technology, 2002-2003.
In multiple roles, led departmental curricular re-design for college-preparatory English program; taught 9th- through 12th-grade English, including AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition; developed award-winning Creative Writing and Publications elective; provided technology support and coaching to faculty and administration; oversaw LMS and homework sharing site; advised committees on website redesign and campus construction.
English Department Chair, Connelly School of the Holy Child, Potomac, MD, 1993 to 1997.
Writing Instructor, The American University, Washington, DC, 1988 to 1993.
Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1987 to 1988.
Instructor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 1983 to 1986.
Website/Blogging Portfolio: susanlucilledavis.com
Linked In: Susan Lucille Davis
Staff Blogger, ATLIS Blog, May 2017 to present
Guest Blogger, “The Conundrum of Student Choice in Project Based Learning,” Buck Institute for Education PBL Blog, Sept. 13, 2016.
Conference Blogger, “Pay Your Learning Forward,” NAIS 2016 Annual Conference Online Community, March 6, 2016.
Contributor, Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning, by Bonnie Lathram, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark, Getting Smart, 2015.
Blogger, “Smart Teachers” Series at Getting Smart, January 2012 to December 2017.
Live Blogger, ISAS Biennial Teachers Conference, February 2014.
Guest Blogger, “Learning Online: Real Answers to Real Questions,” A Platform for Good, July 23, 2013.
Guest Blogger, “6th-Grade Puppeteers Meet Master Shakespeare,” Folger Shakespeare Library, June 18, 2013.
Guest Blogger, “Show and Tell PD: Building Independent Learning Capacities in Teachers,” Microsoft Partners in Learning: Hot Topics, spring 2013 (republished at Powerful Learning Practice).
“Virtual Reality’s Impact on Learning Spaces,” (with Chad Lewis), EdSpaces, November 2018
“Cybersecurity Workshop for Independent School Administrators,” NJAIS Technology Workshop, November 2018
“Learning Transformed: When Making Isn’t Just a Space,” LLI Southwest, February 2018
“The Shiva Project: What Kind of Learner Are You?”” LLI Southwest, February 2018
“Learning Transformed: When Making Isn’t Just a Space,” NWAIS Fall Educators Conference, October 2017
“The Power of Blogging to Build Communities of Purpose,” NWAIS Fall Educators Conference, October 2017
“Student Agency -- Struggles and Opportunities” (Panel), OESIS Boston, October 2017
“Student Agency and Authenticity -- Changemakers in the Classroom” (with Jared Colley), EdSurge Dallas, September 2017
“Reading, Collaborating, and Innovating for Sustainability” (with Cate Waidyatilleka, Kimi Frith, and Rebus Bonning); “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” (with Larry Kahn), NAIS Annual Conference, San Francisco, February 2016
“Keeping Up with the Kiddos, Or Embracing the Latest Social Media to Crank Up the Learning in Your Classroom,” iTeach808, Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, January 2016
“The Power of Choice: Trusting Students to Learn,” Schools of the Future Annual Conference, Honolulu, October 2015
“4 Projects for Building Global Connections,” iTeach808, Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, September 2015
“Design Teams for Group Projects,” ‘Iolani School Professional Development, August 2015.
“Blogging Is Writing: A Year-Long Curriculum for Developing Writers,” Poster Session (with Leslie Evans), ISTE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, June/July 2015
"Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” Featured Speaker (with Larry Kahn), Schools of the Future, Honolulu, November 2014
“Student Design Teams: Exploring Science-Language Arts Partnerships” (with Jason Carroll) at SAES, San Antonio, November 2013, and PD Teacher Exchange, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, October 2013
“Inspire! Collaborate!” Workshop (with Mark Carbone, Larry Kahn, Lisa Neale and Lyn Hilt), Powerful Learning Practice Live, Philadelphia, September 2012
“Learning Out Loud: How Education Leaders Can Model Blogging, Sharing, and Learning” (with Renee Hawkins), ERB Annual Conference, New York City, October 2011
“Who’s My Teacher? PLNs and the Future of Learning,” Keynote Speaker (with Larry Kahn), Association of Independent Maryland Schools Technology Retreat, St. Michael’s, MD, May 2011
“Disrupt the Old Discourse: Leveraging a Faculty’s Personal Learning Communities” (with Larry Kahn and Chris Bigenho), NAIS Annual Conference, National Harbour, MD, February 2011
“Reading and Writing in the 21st Century,” Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Annual Conference, January 2010
Recent Professional Development
NAIS Annual Conference 2016, 2011, 2015, 2018
ISTE, regular attendee since 2006
Global Leadership Conference, regular attendee since 2011
Edubloggercon/Hack Education, regular attendee since 2010
TSAE New Ideas Conference, September 2018
Launching Innovation in Schools,” edX/MIT (MOOC), January 2017
“Invent to Learn” workshop with Gary Stager, Trinity Valley School, November 2016
Schools of the Future, Honolulu, 2014-2015
Edcamp Hawaii, 2014-2015; Houston Edcamp, April 2013
iTeach808, Honolulu, September 2015 and January 2016
“Inspiring Students with Inquiry Based Learning,” Philadelphia, June 2015
GAFE Summit, Honolulu, March 2014
Reading and Writing Workshop, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, July 2013
Edubloggercon/Hack Education since 2010
Educon 2.3, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, January 2012
Powerful Learning Practice, “Teaching Online and Blended Learning,” Online course, Spring 2011
Powerful Learning Practice, Team Leader, 2009-10 and 2010-11
Alan November, Building Learning Communities, Conference, July 2010
Marco Torres, “Turning Classrooms into Learning Studios: Lights, Camera, Learn,” Workshop, July 2010
Graduation Speaker, Chinquapin Preparatory School, May 2011
Olsson Faculty Incentive Award, St. Timothy's School, June 2001
Participant, National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute: “The Beat Generation and Beyond,” Summer 2000
Grant Recipient, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for Teachers, “Reading the Tale of Genji: The Politics of Love in Classical Japan,” Brown University, July 1994
International Society for Technology in Education
American Association of University Women
Texas Society of Association Executives
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