Amanda Cadran, Ph.D.

Thornton, CO 80023  ∙  (919) 610-7592 ∙ 

Academic Director & Researcher

Highly adept and versatile educational leader with a lifelong passion for learning and a proven ability to form authentic and productive relationships with educators, stakeholders, students, and the community. Strong management skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate and train team members toward common goals in educational excellence. Extensive experience in classroom theory, research, and implementation, particularly in the use of progressive technology and innovative learning techniques, and proficient in all methods of content production and delivery. An established project manager with skills in program creation, grant writing and implementation, and reporting results. Committed to supporting the well-being of others through mission-led organizations and projects. Proven expertise in:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Public Policy & Advocacy
  • Writing & Communication
  • Curriculum Development
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • AP, APA, MLA
  • Research & Best Practices
  • Committee Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Faculty & Staff Training
  • Student & Faculty Advocacy
  • Web Development
  • Online Learning
  • Cross-Discipline Collaboration
  • Social Media

Professional Experience

Lea(R)n, Raleigh, NC

Implementation Team Manager/Consultant, 2016 – Present

Research and analyze technology effectiveness in schools and collaborate with national, state, and local educational organizations and networks through project planning and logistical support. Create statewide professional development programs at more than two dozen school districts and charter schools.

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Diocese of Raleigh/St. Mary Magdalene School, Apex, NC

Technology Director and Teacher, 2005 – Present

Train faculty, staff, and parents on district-level technology programs and certifications, spanning all grade levels from PreKindergarten-8th grade and content areas. Develop blended and distance learning programs and participate in pilot programs aimed at achieving state standards. Collaborate and share resources with technology staff across the school district and lead committees to develop ideas for technology, media, and school accreditation.

Key Contributions:

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2012 – 2016

Developed new and updated instructional technology courses. Reviewed and graded student assignments and provided constructive critiques using a variety of communication methods. Created supplementary learning materials.


Duke Talent Identification Program, Durham, NC

Online Course Developer/Instructor, 2010 – 2015

Developed and revised online education curriculum and logistics. Facilitated positive learning experiences through consistent communication and interaction between administrators, students, and parents.

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Ignite Learning Partners, Hampstead, NC

Consultant, 2015

Provided research on educational technology trends, based on client's timelines and needs, focusing on open educational resource (OER).

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International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Washington, DC

Consultant/Research Fellow/National Programming Committee Member, 2014 – 2015

Analyzed educational plans, professional development, and policies and to identify barriers and opportunities for successful, large-scale implementations of topics related to instructional technology and Open Educational Resources (OER). Completed projects with policy agencies and state, district, and classroom leaders. Generated reports, wrote blogs, and compiled case studies to spark innovation across districts and states. Utilized social media and other related policy and media publications to broadcast project updates.

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Prior Experience: General Assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger, Kissinger Associates, Inc., New York, NY


Ph.D., Instructional Technology, Curriculum & Instruction, 2016

North Carolina State University – Raleigh, NC

Dissertation, 2016: "A Descriptive Case Study of the Ethics of Care Fostered by a Statewide Blended Teaching Model in Support of Site-Based Exceptional Children Teachers”

Dissertation Pilot Study, 2014: “As We Are: The Ethics of Care in a Blended Co-Teaching Environment”


M.A., Political Science, 2003

Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA

Thesis: "The State and Society: Religion Dichotomies Force the Struggle for Freedom in Nigeria"

Concentrations: Advocacy, Public Policy


Double B.A, Journalism and English, 2002

Lehigh University – Bethlehem, PA

Concentration: News Writing


Digital Learning Facilitator: Digital Learning Collaborative, Friday Institute, North Carolina State University

Certification: Grades 6-9 Language Arts, 2008-present, East Carolina University

Technical Proficiencies

Academic Tools

Learn Platform (learning tools management), Moodle (instructor, administrator), Sakai (instructor), Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Academic Suite (instructor), Node XL (learning analytics), ISI Web of Science, ERIC, etc. (academic database),

Technology & Software

Google Drive, Salesforce, Aha, Pivotal Tracker (project management), Jira, Audacity (audio editing), Intercom, Lightside, Tableau, SPSS and STATA statistical software, Adobe Connect (presenter), Cisco WebEx (host, moderator), Elluminate (presenter), Adobe Photoshop, RenWeb Style Programming ability in Word Press, HTML and Dreamweaver (Beginner), Constant Contact, iContact


Selected Publications

  • Cadran, A., et al. (Spring 2016). Policy and funding frameworks for blended and online learning. International Association for K-12 Online Learning.
  • Cadran, A. (2014). State of the states: Open educational resources in K-12 education. Council of State School Officers. Retrieved from
  • Cadran, A. (2008). This I Believe middle school curriculum. This I Believe, Inc.

Recent Presentations & Panels

  • Wermers, M., Lieberman, J., and Cadran, A. (2017). “Drive Edtech Outcomes in Your District.” Statewide conference. MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2017 Technology Conference. Foxborough, MA.
  • Cadran, A. (2017). “The ATLIS Network Effect.” Annual conference. Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools. Los Angeles.
  • Cadran, A. (2016). “Growth Mindset and You: Engaging Your Students through Change.” District-level conference. Diocese of Raleigh. Raleigh, NC.

Academic Work

  • Cadran, A. “A Descriptive Case Study of the Ethics of Care Fostered by a Statewide Blended Teaching Model in Support of Site-Based Exceptional Children Teachers.” Dissertation. North Carolina State University.
  • Cadran, A. (2014): “As We Are: The Ethics of Care in a Blended Co-Teaching Environment.” Pilot dissertation study. North Carolina State University.
  • Cadran, A. (2003). “The State and Society in Nigeria: Religious Dichotomies Force the Struggle for Democracy.” Graduate thesis. Lehigh University.
  • Cadran, Amanda (2002). “Media and the Race for Fame on Mount Everest.” Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Lehigh University.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Postpartum Support International North Carolina Chapter - Chair, Rural Committee (2016-present)
  • Postpartum Progress - Warrior Mom Ambassador, Climb Out of the Darkness Co-Leader (2015-present)
  • Postpartum Education and Support - Trained volunteer and meeting facilitator (2013-present)
  • St. Francis Preschool - Annual Fundraiser Chairperson, Family Engagement Committee member (2015-2016)
  • NCSU Graduate Student Support Services “Grad Pack Parents” network – Founder and administrator (2014-2016)
  • NCSU Meridian (Student-run academic journal) – Associate Editor (2013-2016)
  • Friday Institute for Educational Innovation – Digital Learning Collaborative Trained Facilitator (2013)
  • Cadran, A. (2016). “Lea(r)n Webinar: Learn to get the most from this new member benefit.” Online webinar. Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools.
  • Cadran, A. (2016). “LearnCertified Training.” Wake County Public Schools Spring Convergence Workshop. Wake County Public Schools. Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Cadran, A. et al., (2016). "’Keys To Success’ Graduate Student Panel.” Graduate Student Drive-In Conference. North Carolina State University College of Education.
  • Cadran, A. and Soots, B. (2016). “OER: Tools and Promising Practices for Teachers.” Webinar. International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Online.
  • Cadran, A. (2016). “An Introduction to the Growth Mindset for Educators.” Professional development workshop. Diocese of Raleigh. Apex, NC.
  • Cadran, A. (2016). “Teaching Blended Learning Courses to Occupational Course of Study Students: A Quantitative Analysis of Care.” Paper presentation. 39 th Annual Conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association. Hilton Head, SC. (Also participated as a session chair)
  • Bonnot, L., Cadran, A., Coe, J., Loomis, K., Weeks, T. (2015). “Shining Examples of OER: Stories from the Field.” iNACOL Annual Symposium. Orlando, FL. Link to project portal:
  • Cadran, et al, (2015). “OER in Public Education: Trends, Challenges, and Applications.” OER Summit. San Diego County, CFF, Team Red.
  • Cadran, et al., (2015). "’Keys To Success’ Graduate Student Panel.” Graduate Student Drive-In Conference. North Carolina State University College of Education.
  • Cadran, A. (2015). “As We Are: Ethics of Care in a Blended Teaching Model.” Graduate Student Research Symposium. North Carolina State University. Raleigh, NC.