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Ira David Socol

educational change leader

Interest: I believe that education can change and transform to meet the needs of children who will live their lives in this century, and that the fundamental change necessary can occur in any school, anywhere. In Albemarle County, Virginia we have demonstrated this change in a school system with the median number of students, median funding, and a highly diverse range of demographics and schools… who’s next?

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE  

 

Albemarle County Public Schools                                       Charlottesville, VA     2016-present             

·      Director of Educational Technologies and Innovation.

·         Responsible for student and teacher use of technology in 26 schools.

·         Responsible for One-to-One programs, initially 6-12 (partial), now 3-12 (all)

·         Leader of “EdTech Team” including Learning Technology Integrators working full time in schools.

·         Responsible for support of Professional Learning around “Seven Pathways” – Choice and Comfort, Instructional Tolerance, Universal Design for Learning/Individualization of Learning, Maker-Infused Curriculum, Project/Problem/Passion-Based Learning, Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity.

·         Responsible for transition of student technology to student-controlled, multiple platform structure.

·         Responsible for Learning Space Innovation efforts, re-making school buildings for this century.

·         Leader of cross-functional Innovation Team and school re-design program, including multiage program space development in elementary schools and cross-curricular Team spaces in high schools. http://www.edutopia.org/school/albemarle-county-public-schools

·      Co-Coordinator of Libraries.

Albemarle County Public Schools                                       Charlottesville, VA     2014-2016             

·      Assistant Director for Educational Technology and Innovation.

·         Similar responsibilities as above

Albemarle County Public Schools                                       Charlottesville, VA     2013-2014            

·      Design Program Manager.

·         Responsible for $2,000,000 “Design 2015” internal grant program designed to re-imagine learning through transformation of Spaces, Technology, Pedagogy. https://sites.google.com/site/acpsdesign2015/ and http://www2.k12albemarle.org/dept/instruction/design-2015/Pages/default.aspx

·         Responsible for re-design of Professional Learning around “Seven Pathways” – Choice and Comfort, Instructional Tolerance, Universal Design for Learning/Individualization of Learning, Maker-Infused Curriculum, Project/Problem/Passion-Based Learning, Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity.

·         Responsible for transition of student technology to student-controlled, multiple platform structure.

·      Co-Leader of Innovation Team

·      Co-Leader of Career and Technical Education Transformation Team

·      Part of One-to-One Implementation Team

Michigan State University                                           Research and Teaching Assistant, 2005-2011             

·      Developer of the Assistive Technology Demonstration Workstations for the College of Education.

·      Developer of learning program for Assistive Technology hardware and software (US Department of Education SETS grant).

·      National Center for Supported Electronic Text component research study in digital text comprehension – Principal Investigator.

·      Virtual History Museum – Accessibility Consultant. Instructor in Assistive Technology

Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth/Rehabilitation Services      

                                                                                 Assistive Technology Consultant 2008-present

·      Evaluation, technology selection, strategy development for agency customers.

·      Advisor to Assistive Technology Project.

Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth/Rehabilitation Services         

                                                                                          Assistive Technology Specialist 2003-2008            

·      Evaluation, technology selection, strategy development, training for agency customers.

·      Development, maintenance, and research – Holland Assistive Technology Resource Laboratory.

·      Other assignments in transition and support for customers on Social Security.   

Heartside Ministry, Inc.                                    Information Technology Coordinator 2000-2002            

·      Novell 5.1.1 network design, development, installation and administration for homeless service agency.

·      Web site development, design, and weekly maintenance for 80-page plus site, including job search site that was used by multiple agencies.

·      Staff management and budget development for annual operations and $100,000 tech improvement fund.

·      Grant Writing, including successful bid for $75,000 towards $100,000 tech budget from Grand Rapids Foundation.

Grand Valley State University                         Information Technology Consultant 1997-2000            

·      Research, design, installation, training and maintenance of Assistive Technology computer systems for multi-campus university.

·      Computer network consultant.

·      Network hardware consultant.

·      Learning Technology Support to K-12 school districts.         

Midwest Business Systems                                                  Consultant/Trainer/Installer 1993-1997            

·      Installation, configuration, system development and staff training for Novell network, PC and Macintosh school computer systems.

Lake Michigan Examiner                                  Technology and Design Coordinator 1990-1995

Muskegon Lake Company                                                                                 Designer 1988-1992

New York City Police Department                                                           Police Officer 1983-1988            

 

Doctoral Program, 2005-2012

 

 

Michigan State University

Educational and Assistive Technology


Advisors: Punya Mishra, Lynn Fendler   
abd status

Certification in Assistive Technology, 2002

 

California State University - Northridge

Assistive Technology Applications Program

 

Certification in Employment Training, 2002

 

Michigan State University


Employment Training Specialist Program

 

Bachelor of Arts, 2000

 

 

Grand Valley State University

Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice


Cognate in Educational Psychology

 

Certification as Police Officer, 1983

 

 

New York City Police Academy
State University of New York

 

EDUCATION

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1978-1982

 

 

Pratt Institute, School of Architecture


Architecture

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1978

 

Parsons School of Design – The New School


Architecture and Interior Design

Undergraduate Studies, 1975

 

 

College at Purchase

State University of New York


Art and Film

 

Undergraduate Studies, 1973-1977

 

Michigan State University

Studio Art



TEACHING EXPERIENCE         

 

Michigan State University                                                  Teaching Assistant/Instructor 2007-2010        

·      Special Education Students in the Regular Education Classroom (CEP 452)

Michigan State University                                                    Teaching Assistant/Instructor 2009              

·      Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms (CEP 842)

Grand Valley State University                                                    Adjunct Faculty 1994-1996, 2006          

·      Assistive Technology – online course (EDS 621) including design of curriculum

·      Lettering and Type (Art and Design Studio Course)

·      Introduction to Graphic Design (Art and Design Studio Course)

Pratt Institute – Manhattan Center                                            Instructor 1980-1981          

·      Introduction to Architectural Design (Studio Course)


 

 

EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANCIES     

 

Educology Partners LLC                                                   Senior Provocateur       2012-present     

     http://www.educologypartners.com/ 
Work with ICTEDU in Republic of Ireland, Bloomfield Hills (MI) Public Schools,
University of North Carolina – Greensboro, College of Education, American Architecture Foundation.

Albemarle County Public Schools                                     Charlottesville, VA      2010-2013         

·      Universal Design Technology and Strategy consulting in a large, highly diverse public school system.

·      Support for introduction of Freedom Stick technology.

·      Learning Space Design consultation.

·      Educational Strategy consultation.

Black River Public School                                                  Holland, MI                  2010-2011             

·      Special Educational Technology and Universal Design consulting with faculty and students in an urban K-12 charter school.

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools                                               Wyoming, MI               2011             

·      Technology integration and staff development advisor to Sixth Grade Campus in a high-needs public school district.

Michigan Integrated Technology Supports                      Lansing, MI                  2009-2012       

·      Technology support and training for statewide Universal Design initiative.

·      Development of MITS Freedom Stick, statewide UDL/Assistive Technology Initiative

·      Development of UDL Firefox Browser Add On Collections in cooperation with Mozilla Corporation.

·      Webinars in Assistive Technology

    

PUBLICATIONS

 

Articles

Socol, I. (2016) Making a Learning Revolution. In School Library Connection. October 2016. Pp 38-39.

Socol, I. (2015). The Basics of Open Technology. In Edutopia: Schools that Work. http://www.edutopia.org/blog/the-basics-of-open-technology-ira-socol August 2015.

Socol, I. (2014). Taking a Closer Look at the “Grit” Narratives. In Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians. September/October 2014.

Greteman, A. and Socol, I. (2012). Performativity and Disidentification: Subverting Identity politics through stereotypical embrace or rejection. In Jenkins, P. (Ed) (2014) Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Identity. Lanham, Maryland, Rowman and Littlefield.

Moran, P. and Socol, I. (2011). Why September 11, 2001 Must Be in Our Classrooms. In The New York Times Learning Network, 29 August 2011. http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/teaching-911-why-how/

Socol, I. (2010). The Unhappy Place: What libraries can do to welcome kids who struggle with print. School Library Journal, 1 May 2010. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6727276.html

Socol, I. (2007). For Troubled Students, More Protection, Not Less. Inside Higher Education. 20 April 2007. http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2007/04/20/socol

Socol, I. (2006). Stop Chasing, Start Learning From, High Tech Cheaters. Inside Higher Education. 25 May 2006. http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2006/05/25/socol

Bouck, E., Chin, H.Y., Courtad, C.A., Hunt, P., Meier, B., Okolo, C., Shankland, R., Socol, I., & Tian, J. (2006). Assistive Technology Survey:  Exemplary Uses and Barriers to Further Uses of Assistive Technology in Michigan’s Schools. Michigan IDEA Partnership, State Board of Education (Michigan).

Socol, I.  (2005). The Time is Now. Leading Change. Center for Educational Networking. Michigan.

Socol, I. (1992). Trained to Do Our Dirty Work. The New York Times, 2 May 1992, p. 23.

 

Books

Socol, I. (2007).  The Drool Room. River Foyle Press.

Socol, I. (2007).  A Certain Place of Dreams. Very Short Stories. River Foyle Press

 
Short Stories

Socol, I.  (2005).  The Lenten Diaries.  Smokelong Eight. 15 March 2005. http://www.smokelong.com/flash/2091.asp

Socol, I.  (2000).  Au Sable Hall. Amaranthus, Grand Valley State University. Allendale, Michigan.

 

Blogs

Socol, I. (2005-present). SpeEdChange. Education and educational technology blog. http://speedchange.blogspot.com/ (29,000 unique hits from 117 nations in 2009)

Socol, I. (2005-present). The Narrator. Microfiction blog. http://americannarrator.blogspot.com/

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

G. Dahlby, Socol, I., A Podchaski, and L. Schmucki. “The Changing Professional Learning Palette.” Panel Discussion, COSN, Washington, DC, March 2014.

Moran, P., and Socol, I. “Maker Leaders Build Hope.” Online Keynote. TICAL Community, School Leadership Summit, March 2014.

Moran, P., and Socol, I. “Let the Revolution Begin: Search, Connect, Communicate, Make.” Keynote and Design Thinking Workshop. Teaching for Tomorrow Conference, Martin Institute. Memphis, Tennessee, June 2013.

Socol, I. and Moran, P. “Getting to Deeper Learning, Leading for Deeper Learning.” Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency. Full Day Design Thinking Development. Storm Lake, Iowa. April 2013.

Socol, I., Moran, P., and Oh, P. “Expanding the Bandwidth of Learning: Liberating Learners’ Voices in the Cultural Space We Call Reading and Writing.” Digital Media and Learning Conference: Democratic Futures 2013. Chicago, Illinois. March 2013.

Socol, I,, and Moran, P. “Leading for Radical Change.” School Leadership Summit. Online. March 2013.

Black, D., Moran, P. and Socol, I. “If the school library has a future, what will it be?” EduCon 2.5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January 2013.

Thornton, M. and Socol, I. “Building the Democratic Classroom.” Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Williamsburg, Virginia, November/December 2012.

Moran, P. and Socol, I. “Triggering Transformation.” School Library Journal Leadership Summit 2012, Keynote, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2012.

Socol, I. “Imagining the Tools for the Global Classroom.” EdCamp Minnesota, Keynote Presentation. Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2012.

Socol, I. and Moran, P. “If learning is to be constant, Space, Time, Technology, Pedagogy, Curriculum must be the Variables.” ICT in Education Conference | Comhdháil ICT san Oideachas 2012. Keynote and Conference Follow-Up. Thurles, County Tipperary, Republic of Ireland, May 2012.

Thornton, M. and Socol, I. “Academic Choice and Student-Driven Learning.” Breaking Traditions 2012. Charlottesville, Virginia (and virtual), April 2012.

Socol, I. and Moran P. “Space Not Place. Building Learning Environments, Real, Virtual, and Imagined.” Virginia Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International 2012 Annual Conference “Designing Beyond the 3 R’s.” Keynote Session. Roanoke, Virginia, February 2012.

Moran, P. and Socol, I. “The Iridescent Classroom.” Instructional Technology Strategies Conference, Invited Principal Presentation, Portland, Oregon, February 2012.

Thornton, M., Kelly, C., Cousins, K., Techman, M., Payne, E., Moran, P., and Socol, I. “Choice, Collaboration, Creation: Contemporary Learners Engage the World.” Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Williamsburg, Virginia, November/December 2011.

Moran, P. and Socol, I.The Chieftain and the Tribal Environment: Exploring Learning Frontiers in the Post-Gutenberg Society.” Technology in Education Leadership Conference Keynote. Copper Mountain, Colorado, June 2011.

Socol, I. “Liberating Classrooms through Technology Choice.” Computers in Education Society of Ireland Meet. Invited Presentation. Tipperary Institute Conference. Thurles, Republic of Ireland, May 2011.

Socol, I. and Moran, P. “From Scientifically Managed to Community Driven Schools.” Online Keynote, Learning Revolution. April 2011

Socol, I. “The Accessible Internet: Universal Tools in the ‘Cloud’.” Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2011.

Socol, I. “Universal Design and Disability Rights Workshop.” Instructional Technology Strategies Conference. Invited Presentation. Portland, Oregon, February 2011.

Socol, I. “Toolbelt 2.0.” Instructional Technology Strategies Conference. Invited Presentation. Portland, Oregon, February 2011.

Socol, I. “Mobile Learning Your School.” Instructional Technology Strategies Conference. Invited Presentation. Portland, Oregon, February 2011.

Socol, I. “Universal Design Technologies and Disability Rights.” Instructional Technology Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, November 2010.

Socol, I. “Breaking All Boundaries: Universal Design in the Global Future.” Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2010.

Socol, I. “Cultural Institutions, Contemporary Learning, Universal Design.” New York Hall of Science invited presentation. Queens, New York, April 2010.

Socol, I. “Toolbelt Theory 2.0: universal design through student tech choice.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, San Diego, California, March 2010.

Socol, I. “Gramsci, Foucault, and liberation technology: shaping and activating the global learning space with social networking.” Comparative and International Education Society Conference, Chicago, March 2010.

Socol, I. “Creating Literacy at the Start: Text-To-Speech and Beginning Readers.” Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 2009.

Socol, I. “The Global Education Learning Community: Twitter as Liberation Technology.” Comparative and International Education Society – Midwest Conference, Kent State University, Ohio, October 2009.

Socol, I. “FreeTech – Ubiquitous Tools as Individualized Supports.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. “Evaluating for Technology – Task Components and Task Solutions.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. “Toolbelt Theory for Everyone – Preparing for a Lifetime of Learning.” Michigan Integrated Technology Supports Summer Teacher Institute, Traverse City, Michigan, June 2009.

Socol, I. “Access to University Success for Dyslexic Students: Mobiles, Old Computers, and Free Software.” Computer Assisted Learning 2009, Brighton, England, United Kingdom, March 2009.

Socol, I. “Text-to-Speech from the Start – A Primary Support for Lifespan Learning.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. “Supporting Writing: Text-To-Speech and Spellcheck for All of Us.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. “FreeTech – Ubiquitous Tools as Individualized Supports.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2009.

Socol, I. “Ubiquitous Systems, Global Education, Universal Design.” Pac/Rim Conference on Education, Normal, Illinois, October 2008.

Socol, I. “Universal Design Technology, How to Embrace Toolbelt Theory.” Teaching and Technology Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, September 2008.

Socol, I. “Toolbelt for the Lifespan – Learning How to Learn Assistive Technology.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2008.

Socol, I. “Listening to Themselves: Student Writers Editing with Free Text-to-Speech.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2008.

Socol, I. “Universal Design – The Only Path to True Inclusion.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt – building Task-based Assistive Technology Decision-Making in Transition.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan , October 2007.

Socol, I. “Universal Design in Education and Employment.” Keynote. Disability Awareness Day, Dearborn, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “Developing Your Own Assistive Technology Solutions.” Disability Awareness Day, Dearborn, Michigan, October 2007.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology in the Primary Classroom.” (Poster Presentation) Computer Assisted Learning 2007, Dublin, Republic of Ireland, March 2007.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt – Task-Based, Student-Centered Assistive Technology Decision-Making.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2007.

Socol, I. “Universal Design – Education for All.” Teaching and Technology Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, January 2007.

Socol, I. “Elementary Literacy Technology.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2006.

Socol, I. “The Toolbelt Theory – Task-based Student Technology Self-Determination.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2006.

Socol, I. “The Universally Designed Classroom – a Technology Circus.” Disabilities Studies in Education Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, May 2006

Socol, I. “TEST after SETT, student decision-making in Assistive Technology choices.” Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference at California State University-Northridge, Los Angeles, California, March 2006.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology in the Classroom.” Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2006.

Socol, I. “Literacy Technology for Secondary Students Seeking to Attend College.” Michigan Rehabilitation Association Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 2005.

Socol, I. “High Tech Reading Support Across the Grades.” Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan Conference, East Lansing, Michigan, October 2005.

Socol, I. “Digital Reading and Writing Support in Transition.” Adult Basic Education Conference, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October 2005.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

 

Human +, exhibition development advisory group, New York Hall of Science, 2007-present.

Design Lab, learning space design outreach project advisor, New York Hall of Science, 2011-2012.

PLP Ontario International Cohort, Educator Professional Development. Experienced Voices Group Leader. 2010.

PLP Ontario International Cohort, Educator Professional Development. Training Webinars on
Knowledge Construction and Passion-based Learning, 2010.

Virtual Hall of Science, New York Hall of Science and Greater Southern Tier BOCES SciCentr. Advisory Committee, 2007-2010.

Ghotit.com development group, online support for spellcheck technology development, 2007-2010.

Assistive Technology Professionals, online support group, 2007-2010.

IDEA Partnership, Michigan Department of Education, 2005.

CREATE@gvsu, Grand Valley State University collaborative project, Academic Computing and Department of Psychology, 1998-2000.

 

AWARDS

 

Chief of Operations Award, New York City Police Academy, 1983

Disability Student Scholarship, Grand Valley State University, 1999

 

 

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