Rachael Smith

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Rachael Smith

Hello Lawrence! 

I am thrilled to continue my career in the Lawrence Public School District as the Educational Technology Integration Specialist for both Lawrence High School and Free State High School. My role is to support teachers as they continue to integrate technology within unit and lesson design. 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 sound technology support centered upon pedagogy and research based instructional strategies.

I look forward to learning forward 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

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

Up Close and Personal

As educators, I believe we have a commitment to prepare students who will be responsive to the ethical and intellectual demands of a democratic society. To teach in a democracy is to consciously take up the challenge of improving the ethical and intellectual quality of our society by including high expectations of student success and championing a more literate citizenship. Education is a privilege, an opportunity, and a right in our country, and as such, educators must hold their profession in the highest regards, teach all students beyond their limitations and encourage thinking and learning outside of the traditional classroom.

The 21st Century learner requires a 21st Century education that is both engaging and informative, but also highly relevant to the world in which they live. 21st Century educators must be engaged in maintaining rigorous curriculum and course work, but also find innovative strategies and tools for engaging student learning and change teaching practices to more active learning and creation by students. Student engagement and digital tools are only as effective as the lesson, the objectives, and standards of higher level learning; and therefore, must be used to enhance good teaching. Educational Technology has the potential to revolutionize a classroom.

Whether students go on to postsecondary education, attend a vocational school, begin an apprenticeship in a field of their choice, or work full-time, literacy is monumental in maintaining a democratic nation.  

Personal: My husband and I have lived through 5 teenagers in a 4 bedroom house, the addition of our daughter in 2015, and a home renovation that has spanned almost a year and a half, creating chaos and mess. The time we invest in our children and the children in our classes is what makes us tick. Our family has learned to share Mom and Dad with hundreds and hundreds of kids. The open hearts of our own children for all people of the world is the best reward we could receive.