► ACT (Free-lance Assessment Item Developer) 2009--2011 Louisiana Department of Education 1201 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 94064 Curriculum Writing Coordinator 9/2011—Present Executive Director of High School Redesign 2008—5/2009 ► Coordinate High School Redesign efforts across the Louisiana Department of Education ► Coordinate the design, development, and implementation of programs supported by national and state research ► Administer grants and special projects ► Manage staff ► Collaborate with business and industry, technical and community colleges, and universities ► Represent the Louisiana Department of Education on state and national committees Division Director, Division of Professional Development 2004—2008 ► Administer state professional development programs and activities ► Manage staff (approximately forty) ► Oversee implementation of administrative and flow-through budget (approximately $100,000,000) ► Represent the Louisiana Department of Education on state and national committees ► Coordinate the design, development, and implementation of programs supported by national and state research Program Coordinator 2 1998--2004 ► Develop and implement the integration of curriculum, instruction, and assessment at state and local levels ► Conduct research; design implementation and evaluation plans; develop regulations and policy guidelines for secondary education programs ► Coordinate the design, development, and piloting of programs supported by national and state research ► Collaborate with other Department of Education offices on issues, projects, and programs affecting students in middle and secondary grades ► Coordinate and manage the development and implementation of regulations and guidelines for middle and secondary instructional programs administered by the Department of Education ► Direct the research design and evaluation of the state’s middle and secondary instructional program ► Review research and prepare reports regarding middle/secondary issues in response to legislative requests ► Represent the Department of Education on various boards, committees, and advisory groups at local, state, and national levels ► Direct the development of standards for what students should know and be able to do and what teachers, principals, schools, and schools systems should provide and be able to accomplish ► Advise and assist local superintendents of education, state and local school boards, legislative bodies, central office personnel, and higher education representatives on policies, guidelines, and laws related to student standards, curriculum, and assessment ► Plan, coordinate, and conduct state, regional, and local conferences, workshops, and training sessions for local educators and administrators ► Coordinate on-site technical assistance to teachers regarding issues in curriculum, instruction, and assessment ► Analyze educational program data as it relates to programs administered by the Division of Student Standards and Assessments ► Assist in preparation and monitoring of budgets for middle and secondary programs ► Make recommendations to the supervisor regarding mandated and discretionary programs ► Research educational issues, federal and state laws, and State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education policies to develop proposed legislation impacting education Program Manager (English Language Arts Assessment Development) 1997—1998 ► Provide expertise in content standards for Grades K-12 ► Collaborate with tests contractors regarding English Language Arts LEAP 21 Assessment development ► Plan, coordinate, and conduct meetings of various committees relating to assessment development ► Design and conduct workshops on the implementation of English Language Arts Content Standards and LEAP 21 Assessments for Grades 4, 8, and 10. ► Maintain communication with districts regarding programs in assessment development and state content standards ► Represent the Assessment Development office on various committees and advisory boards ► Coordinate initiatives between English Language Arts Secondary Standards section and English Language Arts Assessment Development section ► Review English Language Arts elective course proposals ► Assist in the development of information pieces relating to assessment development and content standards implementation Program Manager (On Appointment) 1995—1997 ► Coordinate the final revisions and edits of the English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Languages, and Fine Arts Content Standards Documents ► Assist in the professional, public, and external review process of the state content standards documents ► Design, develop, and present workshops on the state content standards initiative/documents ► Serve as a writer/committee leader for the development of the English Language Arts Content Standards Document ► Research national and state content standards and related documents, reports, and data ► Develop electronic and text copy of the English Language Arts Content Standards Document collaboratively with co-writer Lafayette Parish School Board 1974-1997 P. O Drawer 2158, Lafayette, LA Carencro High School 1976—1997 ► Teach ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth grade English classes ► Supervise student teachers ► Develop and pilot English III—Tech Prep course—for use across the Louisiana high schools ► Design, develop, and conduct training for teachers of Applied English courses ► Design, develop, and conduct in-services and workshops on teacher strategies ► Serve on district-wide curriculum development committees/advisory boards ► Serve on district-wide textbook adoption committees ► Serve as teacher-consultant for National Writing Project of Acadiana ► Assist in graduation ceremony Paul Breaux Elementary 1974—1976 ► Teach eighth grade language arts, reading, journalism, and French ► Sponsor and coordinate development of school newspaper
My teaching style is student-centered. My focus is on guiding each student toward developing the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in his/her career path. English is my content focus, but my instructional strategies must be relevant to the student so that he/she can internalize and process the content into meaningful applications. I am an advocate of technology integration in education, project-based learning, and challenging assignments that stretch student learning. Please refer to my Website: kmecs.edublogs.org for more information about my education philosophy.
My interest has been in my work and in sharing my experiences. I have no honors/awards, but committee and consulting work. ► Multiple State Level Advisory Committees ► Louisiana Summit Schools Conference ► Louisiana LEADS State Conference ► National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future Symposium ► Louisiana Education Research Association ► Louisiana Council of Teachers of English State Conference ► Content Standards Implementation and LEAP 21/GEE 21 Workshops ► Louisiana Principal’s Leadership Institute ► International Reading Association Annual Conference ► English III—Tech Prep Training Workshop ► High-Schools-That-Work Summer Conference ► Academies/School-Based Enterprises Presentation ► Ninth Annual High-Schools-That-Work Staff Development Conference (Atlanta, GA) ► High-Schools-That-Work Summer Institute ► Northeast LA Tech Prep Staff Development Workshop ► Southeast Texas Winter Tech Prep Conference (Beaumont, TX) ► Eighth Annual High-Schools-That-Work Staff Development Conference (Nashville, TN) ► National Writing Project of Acadiana Classroom Strategies Workshops
► Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA—Education Specialist Degree 2003 ► Northwestern State University—Master’s Educational Technology 2001 ► University of Southern CO—(3 Graduate Hours) 1999 ► Louisiana State University—Shreveport (3 Graduate Hours) 1996 ► Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge (9 Graduate Hours) 1996 ► Southwest Paralegal College—Certificate of Completion 1990—1991 ► University of Southwestern LA—National Writing Project 1989 ► University of Southwestern LA—Professional Improvement 1981-1985 Program Graduate Courses—(21 Graduate Hours) ► University of Southwestern LA—B. A. English Education 1974
One of my strongest attributes is being a mother of five grown children and nine grandchildren. I have experienced firsthand the diversity in personality, learning styles, and social skills. The cliche--one size doesn't fit all--is a reality to be embraced. As a grandmother, I am aware that today's students are digital natives, exposed to more information at a younger age than their parents were, and capable of comprehending and applying knowledge at a younger age than their parents were. I can see this same comparison between my high school/college-age grandchildren and the younger set in kindergarten-6th grade. Teachers must be share knowledge and experiences to keep up with the pace our students are following.