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Rachael Smith

Hello Lawrence! 

I am thrilled to continue my career in the Lawrence Public School District as the District ELA Curriculum & Instructional Coach for both Lawrence High School and Free State High School. My role is to support teachers as they continue to review, adopt, and implement curriculum changes and culturally sustaining instructional practices. The district's vision of equity, cultural responsiveness and relevance, relationships, rigor, and excellence for all is the foundation of teaching and learning and provides direction for teacher support centered upon research and evidence-based instructional strategies. I look forward to working with Lawrence teachers and students!


Professional Background

Baldwin High School English 13 years

Co-Teaching Class Within a Class 13 years

Technology Early Adopter

iPad Pilot Project and High School 1:1 Adoption 2011-2013

Professional Development Support: Baldwin School District, Leavenworth School District, JCCC Cavalier Conferences, Continuing Education Courses at University of Saint Mary, Overland Park

Undergrad and Graduate Instructor: Educational Technology courses for University of Saint Mary,

Overland Park

JCCC College Now Instructor Comp I and II

AP Language and Composition Instructor

Baker University Instructor

University of Saint Mary Educational Technology Instructor

K-State Clinical Supervisor of Student Teachers

Kansas Association of English Teachers, Board Member

The Writing Conference, Board Member

Kansas Flipped and Blended Learning: InnovatEdKC Board of Directors

Kagan Strategies Training, Orlando, FL

National Career Cluster Conventions, Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO

ASCD Conference, San Francisco, CA

AP Institute, Tulsa, OK


Education and Licensure

KSU Secondary Education ELA 1995

KU MSEd. Curriculum and Instruction with Writing Emphasis 2004

KState Doctoral Candidate 2020