Utilization: Supporting Exhibits
Below are selected examples that demonstrate utilization expertise while employed at NSTA. These exhibits demonstrate the utilization, diffusion, implementation, and institutionalization of media for learning.




 
NSTA-NSF National Science Digital Library Metatag Grant
Media Utilization
Attached grant and supporting NSTA Learning Center demonstrate ability to identify key factors in selecting and using appropriate technology, standards, and schema to support specific learning goals in a variety of formats and learning contexts.






 
NSTA e-Learning and Government Partnerships Position Descriptions and Reorganization
Media Utilization
This document is a near final draft of an article that describes the NSTA Learning Center as a transformative model of scalable and sustainable e-PD when used in conjunction with a systemic and blended plan of science education professional development. It showcases how different delivery mediums, modes and instructional methodologies may be combined to maximize the learning opportunity for the educator.





 

NSTA Learning Center Awareness and Interest
Diffusion of Innovations
I have been fortunate to be invited to discuss and present the NSTA Learning Center at numerous state, national and international venues over the last 3 years throughout our development process. This has helped garner our strategic state and district partnerships, as well as secure funding during our development phase of the program. Displayed is the latest Learning Center presentation given at both the NSTA Area Conferences in Charlotte, NC and Portland Oregon in the fall of 2008.

I also have participated in numerous web seminars that provide an overview of the Learning Center. Two of the most recent for NSTA are archived and available for asynchronous consumption.






 
NSTA Learning Center Awareness and Interest
Diffusion of Innovations
Produced multiple electronic media pieces promoting the NSTA Learning Center: a) Science Objects CD-ROM with DVD jacket and insert that included Flash Overview and stand-alone sample Science Objects, b) Learning Center CD-ROM with DVD jacket and insert, c) Flash USB key drive promoting SciGuides (also available online), d) mini-Flash product overviews within the NSTA Learning Center for SciPacks, SciGuides, Web Seminars, and Online Short Courses.




  West Virginia Department of Education
Implementation and Institutionalization
The Department of Education in West Virginia has been a key partner with NSTA and was our first state-based pilot deployment. We are on year three of the model and continue to work with the department on the methods necessary to effectively support their needs via the NSTA Learning Center. Attached document provides artifacts documenting the planning, implementation and institutionalization of of the Learning Center in West Virginia.



  NSTA Learning Center Implementation Case Studies
Implementation and Institutionalization
The NSTA Learning Center is now moving from pure development to deployment as we continue to complete the suite of SciPacks and integration of e-PD tools. With over 35,000 active users and 60 unique state and district deployments (July 2009), we are gathering data about the best practices for implementation. This document provides an overview of our deployments and some key recommendations for successful integration of the Learning Center. A growing list of awards and testimonials provide additional documentation about the value of the Learning Center.




 
Learning Center Overview Definitions
Implementation and Institutionalization
This document provides a concise synopsis defining the tools, resources, and automated processes and technologies related to design, production and implementation of the NSTA Learning Center and the information systems that support monitoring its delivery.




 
NASA K12 Competitive Grant
Implementation and Institutionalization
The attached document provide a copy of a recent grant submitted to NASA that describes a comprehensive plan for implementing the NSTA Learning Center across six districts in the country. The plan incorporates the latest from the research about professional learning communities and online mentoring, as well as the necessity of e-PD resource alignment to district curricula, assessment and standards.







  NSTA Position Statement E-Learning
Policies and Regulations
I served as the staff liaison and one of the committee members that helped draft our position statement for E-Learning. I had the opportunity to interact with leaders in the field such as Chris Dede from Harvard and Michael Hannafin from UGA. This position statement is one of many from NSTA that are used by districts and states across the country to help inform and make local policy and budgetary decisions.



  NSTA Governance-2007 Learning Leader in Organizational Excellence
Policies and Regulations
NSTA is the world's largest association of science educators. This group of leaders is managed by both an elected board of directors, a president, and a district council. We have state chapters and affiliated groups that comprise our national congress where policy and initiatives are advanced on a national scale. As part of this governance we have a document called Strategy 2005 that outlines our strategic goals and objectives. The Learning Center is part of NSTA's strategic long range plan. This organizational structure and policy making effort was captured in an award application submitted to Bersign and Associates in 2007. We received the distinction: Learning Leader in Organizational Management Excellence.




 
Intellectual Property Rights and Permissions
Policies and Regulations
The attached document provides a few examples how I work with intellectual property rights and permissions, both with individual consultants, media organizations, and with our federal partners as we develop e-PD electronic resources.