Donna Drasch

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Design and deliver professional development for educators in the areas web2.0 technologies, 21st century skills, research based instructional strategies, project and problem based learning, experiential learning, and service learning
  • Design and provide onsite coaching to teachers and students in the area of service learning, technology integration, and literacy
  • Coordinate service learning projects with schools and partner organizations
  • Coordinate interdistrict grants with multiple schools from across the state
  • Develop and maintain online collaborative student projects utilizing Web 2.0 tools and academic content
  • Collaborate with university professors to increase the technology skills of graduate students pursuing a degree in education
  • Facilitate experiential learning opportunities for students and adults as a certified low-ropes course trainer
  • Deliver state and regional Foldables® training as a level 2 certified Dinah Zike trainer

TRAINING PRESENTATIONS: 2006 -2009
  • Motivating the Plugged in Generation Series
11Ø The Wonderful of Wikis
11Ø The Potential of Podcasting
11Ø Basic Blogging
11Ø Digital Storytelling
  • Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg! A Collaborative Online Project
  • The Joy of Reading: A Nationally Recognized Literacy Program
  • Service Learning: “Learning in Deed” - Engaging Students in Authentic Service Projects
  • Building a Learning Community: How Important is School Culture?
  • Integrating Technology into Literacy Instruction

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS: 2007-2009
  • SERC Conference: Expanding Horizons, Cromwell, CT, December 2008, The Best of 2 Worlds: Creating the Environment for 21st Century Learning
  • National Council of Teachers of English Conference: Because Shift Happens, San Antonio, TX, November 2008, The Best of 2 Worlds: Creating the Environment for 21st Century Learning
  • CECA Conference: Surviving and Thriving in an e-Literate World, Cromwell, CT, October 2008, The Best of 2 Worlds: Creating the Environment for 21st Century Learning
  • CRA Conference: Embracing The Changing Faces of Literacy...Read, Teach, Lead, October 2008, Cromwell, CT, Foldables® for Language Arts
  • November Learning: BLC08 Building Learning Communities: Expanding the Boundaries of Learning Summer Conference, Boston, MA, July 2008, The Best of 2 Worlds: Creating the Environment for 21st Century Learning
  • Connecticut Library Association Conference: Innovation, Transformation & Beyond, Mystic, CT, April 2008, Spice it Up a Notch with Nutmeg!
  • CECA/CEMA Conference: Preparing Students for the Conceptual Age, Hartford Convention Center, Hartford, CT, October 2007, Spice It Up a Notch With Nutmeg!

EDUCATION
Education Courses, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic CT
Education Courses, Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1998-Present EASTCONN Regional Education Service Center
Staff Developer and Service Learning Coordinator
1993-1998 EASTCONN Regional Education Service Center
Adult Educator and Grant Coordinator
School-to-Career Liaison
1982-2000 Freelance Graphic Designer

AFFILIATIONS
  • CECA, Connecticut Educators Computer Association member
  • NCTE, National Council of Teachers of English member
  • WWP, Willimantic Whitewater Partnership, Vice President