SUSAN LUCILLE DAVIS
Teacher. Leader. Blogger. Learner.
Today, we all must become architects of our own learning to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world. As educators, we must dedicate ourselves to empowering learners with agency, give them the materials and skills they need, and inspire them with experiences that spark empathy with possible collaborators from anywhere on the planet. 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. We must do all of this as we come together to create a brighter future for all.
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:
(novella and short stories).
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, BA
Magna Cum Laude
Phi Beta Kappa
. Major: English; minor: Women’s Studies.
Educational Technology Strategist, Turquoise Trail Elementary Charter School,
consulting pending for February 2017.
Social Media Consultant, National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, DC, October - December 2016..
Researched, wrote, and monitored “Deep Dive” social media content on leadership.
Consultant, Educational Collaborators, Sunset Hills, Missouri, September 2016 - present.
Volunteer, Nature Reach, Fort Worth Texas, October 2016 - present.
Provide assistance for after-school programs.
Volunteer, American Association of University Women, September 2016 - present.
Assist with programs in support of young women and education.
Curriculum Consultant, Adventures in Writing Camps, San Francisco, California, November 2015 - June 2016.
Designed curricula and developed lesson plans for new middle school program focusing on empowering writers through blogging and TED-style presentations; implemented, summer 2016.
Founding Board Member, Students of Strength, 2011 - present.
Play advisory role for start-up linking top-tier college tutors with students from diverse backgrounds.
Upper School English Teacher, 'Iolani School, Honolulu, Hawai'i, August 2014 - 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:
-- modeling and promoting effective use of technology to enhance learning, including using Google Classroom and other Google tools, social media, and vetted iPad apps;
-- building agency with a student-designed syllabus for Creative Writing;
-- introducing global programs including the Global Read Aloud and a worldwide commemoration of the Holocaust;
-- collaboratively revising curricula to include contemporary, nonfiction, to promote high-interest reading, and to incorporate literature circles and student choice;"designing a flexible
blogging as writing curriculum
, adopted grade-wide in year two;
-- adapting student-led design teams to middle-grades curricula, culminating in authentic demonstrations of project-based learning;
-- introducing strategies for reading nonfiction;
-- contributing to summer curriculum development on flipping grammar and cross-curricular programs;
-- developing a Blogger's Cafe for teacher bloggers.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Houston, Texas — August 2012 - June 2014.
Developed a student-driven, technology-infused curriculum to teach reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary for 5th- and 6th-grade Language Arts, including
-- employing student Design Teams for a year-long collaborative project with 5th-grade Science;
-- designing collaborative projects for 6th-grade Social Studies;
-- building online discussion skills as a foundation for 5th-grade writers as preparation to blogging for writing fluency in 6th grade;
-- designing infographics as assessments for nonfiction reading;
-- serving on Technology Committee;
-- testing and implementing web tools for flipped grammar lessons;
-- transforming traditional written narratives into digital stories
-- teaching elective courses: “Fun with Shakespeare,” “Creative Writing,” and “Lions Read!” (co-teaching the latter with our MS librarian).
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-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-June 2012.
Serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Dean of Faculty/Academic Dean, in addition to teaching assignments:
-- designed and produced professional development for faculty;
-- created and implemented three-tier review process;
-- interviewed potential hires and made course assignments;
-- provided individual coaching to teachers;
-- instituted Creativity Week in collaboration with other faculty;
-- led faculty in curricular re-design to align with state standards for advanced diploma;
-- developed year-long teacher training program for new faculty and teaching fellows;
-- oversaw accreditation review and documentation;
-- taught English and Language Arts in grades 7-12, including AP English Language and Composition, as well as electives in Creative Writing, Creative Media, and Studio Art;
-- designed and taught senior capstone project;
-- used “genius hour” program with at-risk students;
-- inaugurated TEDxYouthDay with area independent schools.
Chair, English Department, Highland School, Warrenton, VA, 2004-2005.
As Department Chair and teacher of English,
-- conducted a 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, 1997-2004; 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, 1993-1997.
Writing Instructor, The American University, Washington, DC, 1988-1993.
Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1987-1988.
Instructor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 1983-1986.
“The Conundrum of Student Choice in Project Based Learning,”
Buck Institute for Education PBL Blog, Sept. 13, 2016.
“Pay Your Learning Forward,”
NAIS 2016 Annual Conference Online Community, March 6, 2016
Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning
by Bonnie Lathram, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark,
“Smart Teachers” Series
, January 2012 to present
ISAS Biennial Teachers Conference,
“Learning Online: Real Answers to Real Questions,
A Platform for Good,
July 23, 2013
“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
“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 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 21
Century,” Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Annual Conference, January 2010
Recent Professional Development
“Launching Innovation in Schools,” edX/MIT (MOOC), January 2017 - ongoing.
“Invent to Learn” workshop with Gary Stager, Trinity Valley School, November 2016
NAIS Annual Conference 2016, 2011
ISTE, regular attendee since 2006
Global Leadership Conference, regular attendee since 2011
Edubloggercon/Hack Education, regular attendee since 2010
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