I am currently working with several school districts across the country, as well as state departments of education, universities, public service agencies, regional education service agencies, and professional organizations. My main area of interest is developing and providing professional development for teachers, administrators, and parents. I also frequently provide keynote presentations, work on reviews and evaluations of projects, provide grant-writing and reviewing services, and lead facilitation for retreats topics such as educational change, building teams, technology leadership, making better use of school data, etc. I work in the areas of curriculum development, technology integration assistance, student/school performance data retreats, cyber safety issues, etc. If you are interested in any of the above, please for a rate sheet, availability, etc. You may also be interested in a listing of technology-related workshops (pdf). The latest, and my current favorite, is "Everything Web 2.0" - it's now available and rolling. Download the flyer (pdf) for details - teachers are really loving this one!
Currently working with:
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
State Educational Technology Directors Association
Microsoft Partners in Learning Program
JamaicaComputer Society Education Foundation
Mississippi Department of Education
Elmore County Schools, AL
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
WHRO Public Television
Numerous districts across the state of Virginia/D.C.
· Many others as I have the time!
Current professional-development workshops include, but are not limited to:
Data Retreats for School Teams - understanding school data from an educator's perspective, maximizing school efforts based on student performance trends;
What's new out there? - a highly interactive and tons-of-fun session on Web 2.0, social software, geeky things you should know about, etc.
Planning effective lessons - for classroom teachers who wish to use new methods for enhancing lessons, integrating a project-based approach in the classroom;
Cyber Safety and Security - geared toward PTAs/PTOs, teachers, parents, administrators to assist them in making sure that children have positive, safe experiences online;
Leadership with Technology - issues of critical concern for principals, superintendents, tech coordinators, and other school leaders in evaluating the use of technology in a classroom, aligning school improvement/technology planning, keeping abreast of legal and policy issues, etc.;
General facilitation for educational retreats/academies - I have worked with WestEd to become an Authentic Task Approach (ATA) facilitator, helping groups make the most of their time together when needing to accomplish major tasks such as reorganization, team-building, school improvement planning, leadership retreats and so on.
"Chris is such an outstanding facilitator. He has made this one of the absolute best professional development experiences I've ever had."
-Kameron Ball, State Director, Mississippi Department of Education