Systemic Leadership
I have experience leading our English/Language Arts teachers through the process of designing a thoughtful, data-driven model of skills remediation for sophomore students.  I have also served as the district level Google Apps for Education administrator and the district level library catalog manager.  One of my core beliefs is in the power of communication to facilitate systemic excellence.  I have considerable training and experience in utilizing the Design Thinking Process to effect systemic improvement.

Return on Instructional Investment Analysis
Return on Instructional Investment (ROII) is an effort by University of Indianapolis MBA professors Rachel Smith and Karl Knapp to provide a statistical model that applies the business principle of return on investment (ROI) to instructional programs.  The core statistical factors of ROII are the proportion of students impacted, the cumulative cost of the instructional program, and the statistical impact of the investment.   Like a conventional ROI analysis, an ROII analysis assesses the percent return on investment of expenditures, as well as a percent positive benefit of the investment.  I utilized this process to evaluate the investment in a remodeled library at one of Speedway's elementary schools.

Data Driven Instruction
A major point of emphasis in my MBA in Education Leadership program has been the utilization of data to drive instructional practices.  One of the recurring themes of the program is the idea that the use of data helps facilitate objective discussions and observations about instructional practices, whereas impressions and gut feelings emphasize subjective opinions.  Thus, when relevant data is properly used and explained, it is more likely that valid root causes will be identified, productive changes will be implemented, and impact will be accurately measured.  Examples of my use of data to drive instruction include a plan to improve achievement gaps between demographic groupsutilizing STAR Reading data reports for remediation teachers, and monitoring student remediation progress.

Thriving Communities Audit
Thriving organizations are frequently the result of productive partnerships with stakeholders and the surrounding community.  Understanding the strengths, values, realities, and weaknesses of connected communities and stakeholders can do much to inform the potential success of an organization.  A systematic fact-finding program, reliant on outreach and communication, can be a valuable piece for strategic planning.  In this school and community audit, I focus on The True, The Good, and The Prosperous at Speedway High School and the Town of Speedway.

Technology Training and Integration
My views on effective technology training and classroom integration are founded on three pillars.  The first is that at the district and building level, technology integration philosophy, goals, and expectations need to be clearly established and communicated.  The second is that the trainers need to have a thorough grasp of effective curricular and instructional practices, and those concepts should drive the training program.  The third pillar is that continuous communication between the training staff, building level administrators, and teachers is necessary to optimize the effectiveness of technology training.  Practical considerations that I consider important for effective technology training (from my experience) include:  small group training sessions when possible, emphasis on doing instead of listening during training sessions, and facilitating the use of real products and processes by trainees as opposed to contrived examples.

Lean Systems and Six Sigma
The ideas of improving quality and efficiency in organizational systems were shaped in large part by innovations at Toyota, Motorola, and other industrial leaders.  Lean systems improvements center on maximizing quality and eliminating waste; Six Sigma improvements are centered around improving efficiency.  Many ideas from these systems are very useful for improving the quality and efficiency of school operations and instruction.  An overview of my efforts to improve library book availability met with considerable success at Speedway High School.

Organizational Assessment
The Malcolm Baldridge Assessment is an evaluative framework designed to help organizations assess and improve quality.  This comprehensive model provides a framework through which organizations can evaluate existing and desired quality in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, knowledge management, workforce focus, project management, and organizational results.  I led a project team that examined 1,000 organizational elements, with the purpose of informing ongoing discussions about organizational quality and results.

Google Apps for Education
I have served as the Speedway district Google Apps for Education (GAFE) super-administrator for the past 3 years.  I engaged in the fact finding necessary to bring and launch GAFE for Speedway Schools, with a focus on Speedway High School, where I am employed.  The fact finding included making a proposal to SHS building administrators.  I was also responsible for providing training for teachers, both general training and implementing the platform in stages (document sharing, use of the various applications, classroom integration, etc).

Website Design and Information Architecture for the Web
I have been serving as a webmaster in one capacity or another since 2005.  A good example of my design and information organization principles can be observed by viewing the Indiana High School Forensic Association webpage (the state organization for speech and debate competition).  Here are the versions of the site before and after I assumed webmaster duties.

Library Services and Reading Promotion
My overriding philosophy of school librarianship is that a library's programs, materials, layout, and approach need to be centered on student achievement and the student needs that will improve achievement.  I liken librarianship to this pictorial representation, wherein librarians set the table for student achievement by furthering the ability of students to explore ideas, pursue interests, enrich knowledge, and to DO things.  The librarian's role is to prop up the table by providing ease of access to information, support of a modern and challenging curriculum, reading promotion, and the facilitation of 21st century skills.