Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Certification in Generative AI

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Generative AI for Educators
As a teacher, we know your time is valuable and student needs are broad. With Generative AI for Educators, you’ll learn how to use generative AI tools to help you save time on everyday tasks, personalize instruction, enhance lessons and activities in creative ways, and more.

Developed by AI experts at Google in collaboration with MIT RAISE, this course will help you bring AI into your practice. You’ll also gain a foundational understanding of AI — you'll learn what it is, the opportunities and limitations of this technology, and how to use it responsibly.

You’ll learn how to use generative AI tools to:
  • Save time on everyday tasks like drafting emails and other correspondence
  • Personalize instruction for different learning styles and abilities
  • Enhance lessons and activities in creative ways

Certification in LETRS for Administrator

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LETRS® for Administrators enables leaders to effectively support educators as they engage in the LETRS course of study and work to implement the learnings in their classrooms. LETRS for Administrators is a professional learning opportunity designed to guide state, district, and building administrators and instructional leaders in creating adaptable and suitable literacy initiatives using systems thinking and implementation science. The program defines the systems and infrastructures required to successfully implement a sustainable literacy program aligned to scientifically based research.


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

New Leadership Experience


Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District 2022 - Present

Primary Responsibilities: To provide leadership and coordination of curriculum, professional development, and assessment.

  • Facilitate the Curriculum process including oversight of the Teaching and Learning Council, Curriculum Action Teams, and Curriculum development teams
  • Supervises the development of curricula, courses of study, course catalogs, parent handbooks, manuals, course masters, and other instructional materials
  • Keeps abreast of developments and research in curriculum and instruction and shares relevant findings with school leaders
  • Conducts classroom visits, in collaboration with other members of the administration, to assess program effectiveness, student participation, and performance
  • Solicits feedback and involvement for curriculum planning through surveys, focus groups, and input from staff, students, and parents
  • Monitors the goals, objectives, and content of district curricula
  • Provides leadership and support to building principals and teachers in implementing curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Coordinates and supervises the selection process for instructional resources.
  • Coordinate the reporting of student performance data, including, but not limited to: progress reports, report cards, standardized test results, awards, and other accomplishments to parents, the school community and the general public
  • Represents the district in all matters related to instruction to the general public, specific groups, and individuals
  • Establish and implement the district assessment plan, monitor and analyze results, and provide regular reports to the Board of Education
  • Supervise the Coordinator of Data, Assessment, and Accountability in the development and implementation of all district testing and accountability operations
  • Facilitate program evaluations for curriculum, instruction, and development to ensure that each district program regularly reviews services and outcomes
  • Prepare and monitor budgets for curriculum, professional development, and assessment Serve as liaison to the Professional Development Committee
  • Manage, develop, monitor and approve professional development efforts
  • Plan and facilitate new teacher orientation, mentoring, and training cycles
  • Establish an appropriate framework for curriculum documents, procedures and criteria for the evaluation of curriculum, and a schedule for curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation
  • Supervise the Coordinator of State and Federal Programs in the management of all state and federal programs and other grants
  • Coordinates all state program reviews
  • Monitor and Evaluate auxiliary educational programs such as Discover Club, Preschool, PAT, summer school and after-school activities
  • Supervises the Coordinator of Technology to ensure learning management, assessment, and instructional resources are effectively deployed to support teaching and learning Coordinates parent engagement and education programs
  • Coordinate education partnerships including student-teacher placements for colleges and universities
  • Monitors, interprets and evaluates state, federal, and local legislation, codes, and regulations to ensure compliance in all the assigned areas of responsibility
  • Attends all board meetings.
  • Serves as a contributing member of the district’s leadership team and collaborates with other functional units

Monday, December 17, 2018

Featured in St. Louis Post Dispatch article on EdHub Fellowship

Seen Here: https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/at-new-edhub-stl-startup-entrepreneurs-and-teachers-work-to/article_91a23220-15b9-52c9-83ca-574e11d2dddd.html

"Still, Chris McGee, an administrator in Affton School District and himself a self-proclaimed tech geek, heard about the Venture Café gatherings early on and decided to check them out.

“I remember going and being dumbfounded that people were sharing expertise,” said McGee, who was a classroom teacher for 11 years before moving into school administration. “Thursday night gatherings of Venture Café were my first entrance into what the world outside education was and could be.”

McGee wasn’t the only one who saw the promise that a dedicated collaborative space could hold for educators.

About a year ago, Mathews began speaking with researchers, school district personnel and community leaders about what would become Venture Café’s latest effort: EdHub STL.

“We wanted to see if what was being done in the entrepreneurial space could work in education space. It’s a place for people to use — not to tell them what to do, but to support and facilitate people who are already doing the programming,” he said."

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Added to Leadership Experience

Updated Leadership Experience Page

Accepted New Position as Executive Director of Academic and Student Services for the Affton School District - July 1 2018


Provide leadership, management, and coordination of assessment, data analysis, curriculum, and professional development systems while also executing key tasks associated with federal programs and student services. This includes serving as the district test coordinator, monitoring the curriculum revision cycle and curriculum writing projects as well as developing federal program plans and supporting basic student service functions connected to enrollment, residency, homeless, and foster care.


  • Requires a master’s degree, specialist or doctorate preferred
  • Requires appropriate Missouri administrative certification
  • Requires successful administrative experience as an assistant principal, principal, coordinator, or director
  • Requires successful experience in teaching
  • Requires successful experience in creating, organizing, & delivering multiple forms of professional development for adults while integrating technology in the process
  • Requires knowledge of standards-based curriculum
  • Requires knowledgeable of use of assessment practices in schools & management of assessment data
  • Requires experience instructing/coaching teachers in effective use of assessment systems & assessment data management tasks to make data-driven decisions
  • Prefers experience with building or district level test coordination
  • Requires experience with the development and management of budgets
  • Prefers knowledge of state and federal grants management
  • Prefers experience with basic student services such as enrollment, residency, and the McKinney-Vento Act
  • Requires strong presentation and communication skills, both verbal & written
  • Requires proficiency in using technology equipment, (computers, SMART Boards, etc.) software (Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, etc.) and the internet in presentations & in the instructional process
  • Requires excellent interpersonal skills and positive interaction with students, staff & the community, courteous & professional demeanor & appearance at all times
  • Requires extensive listening skills and initiative to solve problems
  • Requires evidence of ability to implement and sustain programs focused on improving student achievement within a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural school setting with energy and enthusiasm
  • Requires evidence of a strong professional learning network that supports innovative practices
  • Requires skills as a connected/digital leader

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Keynote: In-District Tech Camp

Added to Programs and Presentations Page

Delivered In-District Keynote alongside the awesome Kara Knollmeyer to participants during the Summer In-District Technology Camp (space theme)
The Awesome Kara Knollmeyer

Friday, November 10, 2017

Presenter: Annual Conference of the National Network for Educational Renewal

Presenter Annual Conference of the National Network for Educational Renewal

Shared: Link To Slide Deck

Bridging the Experience Gap Through Engaging Professional Learning Opportunity for Educational Leaders.

School districts are silos. They are designed to look inward. They have a specific focus and work tirelessly, with little fanfare, to serve the students within their community. This often leads is to professional learning that is limited, isolating and uninspiring. Our organization seeks to create a new normal for professional learning. We seek partnerships, new and innovative ways of serving educators and in turn serve our community.

B. Purpose(s) or Objective(s) of the Presentation

  • Share the story of Connected Learning. It’s growth, it’s origin and it’s mission
  • Create bonds, connections and new possibilities with individuals and organizations in
  • our community
  • Strengthen the connected community across our region
  • Seek opportunities to partner, grow and collaborate to better serve our educators and
  • educational leaders

C. Major Content

  • Sharing the story of Connected Learning
  • Share our successes and failures
  • Share items we’re still struggling with
  • Share past learning opportunities and future learning opportunities
  • Seek partnerships to better serve our community of learnings both student and adult.

Updated Community Service: Mentor: Google Certified Innovator

Updated Community Service page

Serving as Mentor for Google Certified Innovator and their Innovator Project.

Meet the Cohort and Mentors

Updated Community Service: Mentor Education Entrepreneur

Updated Community Service Page

Serving as a Mentor for UMSL's Education Entrepreneur in Residence Program

Friday, March 31, 2017

Keynote Speaker and Featured Presenter #AppleTeacher KC

Keynote: Building a Culture of YES!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Keynote and Feature Presenter at Poplar Bluff

Presented to the Poplar Bluff School District

Keynote Presentation: "Building a Culture of Yes!"

Breakout sessions:

1.  Last Year Called They Want Their Lesson Plan Back
2.  BreakoutEDU
3.  Google Timelapse
4.  Powersearching
5.  Building your PLN

Friday, October 21, 2016

Organized and Presented at the Missouri Google Summit

Organizing Team member for the Missouri Google Summit

Presented on "Using Google Timelapse"

Updated StrengthsFinder Assessment Results

Began Work as an Assistant Principal - Rockwood South Middle School

Assigned Duties

  • Teams Grade 6
  • 7th grade students A through K
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Assemblies
  • Building Security and Keys
  • Building Usage
  • Custodians
  • Drills
  • Facilities
  • Fund raisers
  • Safety Committee
  • Master Calendar
  • Renaissance Committee
  • NJHS
  • Homeless Coordinator
  • Child Nutrition Supervision
  • VICC Program
  • Field Trips
  • Transportation
  • Student Pictures
  • Yearbook
  • Lockers
  • Free and Reduced Lunch
  • Marquee Announcements
  • SSD
  • EVALUATIONS:  Science, Math, Fine Arts, Practical Arts 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Presentations for Spartanburg Technology in Two Conference

Below are the resources shared at the Spartanburg 2: Technology in Two conference held on June 2 at Boiling Springs Elementary School.

8:30 - 9:30

What Happens when they Google you?

 Presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

Have you ever Googled your own name? Most people have at some point, and there's a good chance your students, colleagues and future/past employers have Googled your name, too. Make sure what they find about you in Google is what you want them to find.  Whether this workshop is for you, or will serve as a unit plan for helping students create their own online presence you will learn these key facts:

1. SEARCH RESULTS. How do they work? How can I impact them?

2. SILENT DIALOGUES. What do people think when they see your results?

3. IMMEDIATE ACTION. Are people compelled to click and explore you further? How can they?

4. CONTACT. After people have Googled you, reacted and taken initial action, this is the crucial component.

It’s when you compound attraction with outreach. Because ideally, you’d like people to email, call or reach out to you in SOME way. Building an online brand is no longer an option in our digital generation, search results speak loudly, are yours saying the right thing?


9:45 - 10:45

Last Year Called They Want Their Lesson Plans Back, Transitioning your Classroom into the 21st Century 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

As teachers we plan units.  We plan units because that's the way we've always packaged our learning.  What if we did it differently?  Let's identify the things that are the problems that confine us in our units, identify key ways we can rethink packaging learning and provide amazing, unique, innovative experiences where learning is the focus and students drive classroom experiences.  Come to this session expecting to participate, be pushed and tap into amazing resources.  Last year called, they want their lesson plan back.


11 - 12

Character & Digital Citizenship in the Classroom 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee,

Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship, and responsibility for self and others.  Often when we get behind a keyboard, those virtues disappear.  Let’s learn more about the online space and how to provide student opportunities to learn digital citizenship in settings that are supportive to learning.


1 - 2

Tech Tools for School Leaders 

presented by Dr. Chris McGee, Connected Learning

School leaders have the difficult task of staying up to date with cutting edge learning technologies and systems, as well as leading a building.  At the core of those tasks is productivity.  This session will focus on increasing your productivity using tools and resources from the world’s top companies.  We’ll focus on managing your to-do list, email, funneling, tracking progress and the latest trends in educational technology.  Come ready to let go of old habits and build in new ideas to maximize your productivity.


Friday, March 11, 2016

METC 16 Presentations

Updated Program and Presentation Page

Presented two sessions at the Midwest Educational Technology Conference (METC)

Creative Formative Assessments Using Technology.  Slides below:

Shared and IGNITE talk based on my blog post: http://coachinandout.blogspot.com/2011/09/tom-cruise-solves-americas-education.html

Prompt: What if education was more like.....

My idea, Jerry Maguire!

Presented at Andrews Academy

Added to Programs/Presentations page

Presented 90 minute workshop on Creative Formative Assessment through Technology.  Slides below:

Questions or for reference please reach out to:

Joe Patterson <jpatterson@andrewsacademy.com>

Rob Ciampoli <rciampoli@andrewsacademy.com>