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Amanda Cadran, Ph.D.
Greater Denver Area, CO
Education Advocate for Equity in Outcomes
Highly adept and versatile educational leader with a lifelong passion for learning and a proven ability to form authentic and productive relationships with educators, administrators, stakeholders, and students of all ages. Strong management skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate and train team members toward common goals. Extensive experience in classroom and related research theories, 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:
- Research & Best Practices
- Multi-team Implementation
- Student & Faculty Advocacy
- Cross-Discipline Collaboration
LearnPlatform, Raleigh, NC/Remote
Director of Implementation and Customer Success, 2018 – Present
Customer Success Manager, 2016-2018
Research and analyze technology effectiveness in schools and collaborate with national, state, and local educational organizations and networks through project planning, short and long-term goals, and logistical strategy. Create and successfully carry out research-focused and professional development programs at school districts and partner organizations from coast-to-coast.
- Project lead on successful proof of concept with the largest four-year public university system in the United States.
- Created and delivered training materials across one of the country’s largest statewide education networks as well as the largest school system in the state of North Carolina.
- Leading work on two statewide initiatives involving state and local planning and deployment.
- Project lead working with educational networks that reach across the United States and 150+ educational organizations including grant work funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan-Zuckberberg Initiative and others.
Diocese of Raleigh
Technology Director and Teacher, 2005 – 2016
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.
- Implemented training programs for more than 60 educators, resulting in 80% earning Google Certified Educator status.
- Led efforts to create new technology and social media policies including related training for 350 families.
- Developed school-wide Internet Safety Initiative, installing researched-based anti-cyberbullying measures.
- Spearheaded use of Google Drive and Moodle in Third - Eighth Grades.
- Created expository writing curriculum for Fifth and Sixth Grades.
- Named "Teacher of the Year" in 2012.
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.
- Design and Evaluation of Instructional Materials (Instructional Design
- Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Learning Environments
- Interdisciplinary Game-Based Learning Design
- Videography for Education
- Computer Applications and Curriculum Integration
- Advanced Multimedia Design and Applications in Instruction
- Online Collaborations in Education
- Technology Integration: Theory and Practice
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.
- Collaborated on transition project to new online classroom software (Sakai).
- Implemented major restructuring of online Fourth and Fifth Grade online book club.
Ignite Learning Partners, Hampstead, NC
Provided research on educational technology trends, based on client's timelines and needs, focusing on open educational resource (OER).
- Invited to the National Science Foundation to build policy agendas with Department of Education leaders and other nationally recognized practitioners and researchers.
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.
- Original fellowship extended as official consultancy in December 2014.
- Second phase of fellowship extended in April 2015.
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
Project Manager Professional Certification coursework in progress, January 2020
Digital Learning Facilitator: Digital Learning Collaborative, Friday Institute, North Carolina State University
Certification: Grades 6-9 Language Arts, 2008-present, East Carolina University
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
- 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 http://bit.ly/1anjdEE.
- Cadran, A. (2008). This I Believe middle school curriculum. This I Believe, Inc.
Recent Presentations & Panels
- Starr, J., Gryllos, S., & Cadran, A. (2019, November) “Data Systems and Leveraging the Power of Collaboration” EdSURGE Fusion. Burlingame, CA.
- Starr, J., Gryllos, S., & Cadran, A. (2019, October) “Discover A Digital Products Library for Massachusetts Schools!” MassCUE Fall Conference. Foxborough, MA.
- Hung, C. and Cadran, A. (2019). “Mission Meet Metrics: KIPP DC’s Journey.” KIPP Foundation data retreat. Chicago, IL.
- Shaw, J. & Cadran, A. (2019). “Students with Special Needs: When Equity Met Outcomes.” SxSWEdu. Austin, TX.
- Cadran, A. (2019): Mentor Session leader. SxSW Interactive. Austin, TX.
- Cross, A., and Cadran, A.(2019) “What’s Your Number? Data-Driven ATLIS Member Benefits.” ATLIS Annual Conference. Dallas, Tx.
- Durfee, M. and Cadran, A. (2019): “State-Supported Tools that Make Analyzing Data Simple.” Utah Coalition for Educational Technology. Price, UT.
- Gryllos, S. and Cadran, A. (2019): “District Edtech Assessments and Product Usage Analytics: The Who, Why, and How.” MAPLE/LearnLaunch. Webinar.
- Berman, M. and Cadran, A. (2018): “Addressing Software Procurement Challenges: A Campus System Proof-of-Concept.” WCET. Portland, OR.
- Borgen, J. and Cadran, A. (2018): “No More Random Apps of Technology: Crowdsourcing Compliance & The Future of Edtech Management” CETPA. Sacramento, CA.
- Berman, M. and Cadran, A. (2018): “CSUPASS – CSU Procurement of Accessible, Secure Software.“ California State University Information Technology Summit. Sacramento, CA.
- Mishleau, B. and Cadran, A. (2018): “Practical Research for Personalized Learning Programs: Using Evidence for Evaluation.” iLearn Collaborative Conference. Denver, CO.
- Shaw, J., Glickman, S., and Cadran, A. (2018): “Identifying Promising Strategies for Diverse Learners.” BLPC. Providence, RI.
- 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.
- 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: ccsso.org/oer
- 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.
Volunteer and Passion-Driven Work: