New Job @FVSofColorado

September 30, 2015 Leave a comment

As of July of this year, I have been employed at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The school is a boarding and day school for high school students. I was hired as a Library Technology Educator.  The Hawley Library is three stories with archives, past periodicals, classroom and storage in the basement. The first floor houses the Reference and Fiction section, the Broadmoor Garden Club library and the magazines and newspapers. There is the Taylor Reading Room on the first floor which includes all the Art books.  The second floor has the Non-Fiction section along with the Burling Room which is used for classrooms and tutoring.

At Fountain Valley School it is recommended that all students bring a laptop or other device.  Some teachers are using devices in their classes, other teachers are not. We are looking into what it means to be a BYOD (bring your own device) school. Currently the Director of Technology and myself hold “Lunch and Learns” once a week on Wednesdays. We are trying to offer different topics and add in some advertisements for what are new tools that are available for teachers.  It is an exciting place to be working and learning.

Twitter Chats 101 #globaled15 #isteglobalpln

September 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Great time tonight with others at the #globaled15 #isteglobalpln Twitter Chat at


Tech Tools (weekly)

September 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Join the Celebration for Global Collaboration | Edutopia

September 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Amazing work.  Check this out!


WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Source: Join the Celebration for Global Collaboration | Edutopia

Tech Tools (weekly)

September 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Do you have a Unified Improvement Plan?

August 30, 2015 Leave a comment

Develop a plan that includes recruitment and retention strategies based on the instructional plan for your school. The instructional plan defines how your school approaches instruction and may include special programs or focuses, student population needs, and staffing needs.
Students in past classes have asked many questions about the instructional plan and it appears that some schools do not formally define an instructional plan. Your school should have a Unified Improvement Plan; this is one source of information that you might use to identify instructional needs, but it may not address diversity issues or special programs and populations. For example, my last school was an arts integration school that encouraged learning through and about the arts and also the use of the arts to reflect learning. When we advertised for new positions, we wanted to ensure that new hires would support the program through their advocating with families and planning for instruction.

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August 29, 2015 Leave a comment

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