Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - The WE in PD with Kimberly Cawkwell, M.Ed.

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Kimberly Cawkwell, M.Ed. about the WE in PD.

Kimberly Cawkwell is a Professional Learning Specialist for the Mobile Technology Learning Center (MTLC). Cawkwell received her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts specializing in Sociology and Education from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) in 2008. She also completed her Master's in Education and Multiple Subject Credential with an Elementary Mathematics Emphasis from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2010.
Prior to joining MTLC, Cawkwell spent over five years as a teacher and mentor to new teachers. In addition to working with Title 1 schools in National City, CA, Kimberly was a founding teacher of two San Diego elementary charter schools: High Tech Elementary Chula Vista (2011) and High Tech Elementary North County (2013). Kimberly has collaborated and led several professional development sessions globally with educators.
Cawkwell continues to be passionate in her pursuit for understanding and sharing best practices for children. Through MTLC partnerships, she looks forward to cultivating deeper learning opportunities in education that provide children equitable, collaborative and rigorous learning environments and also foster children to become advocates for their own learning.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - Transformational Change in the Digital Age with Dr. Kathrine Shone

On this episode, I chat with Dr. Kathrine Shone about transformational change in the digital age.

Dr. Kathrine Shone’s journey to continuous learning began in 1998 when she set forth her personal vision to become an educator. At that time, Dr. Shone had made a professional commitment to pioneer the dramatic shift of educational focus to cater not only to the ones who “fit the mold” but those who persistently struggle. Her tenure in the alternative education and special education programs laid a solid foundation for which she was able to accomplish a significant portion of this basic mission – to create conditions for academic success for the disadvantaged students. As a counselor, alternative ed. teacher, resource specialist, teacher on special assignment, an assistant principal and a veteran principal with 8 years of experience from both a high achieving and a turnaround middle school, Dr. Shone provided quality education to young adolescents. She was extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to influence and help elevate the level of efficacy of teachers and teacher leaders by shaping a school culture which embraces reflection and growth as its core values.
Dr. Shone possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2002, she received her Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Teaching with academic distinction, and a formal invitation to the elite international honor society for educators, Pi Lambda Theta.
In 2006, Dr. Shone was recognized by Inland Valley News for Excellence in Secondary Education at their 9th Annual Celebration of Excellence Awards, an event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of people who help make their community the jewel of Southern California. Her article “Mentoring the Mindsets of 21st Century Leaders” was also published in Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Leadership Magazine in January of 2013.
With 15 years of gratifying experience as a teacher, teacher leader and school and district administrator, it became very evident that pursuing her dream of acquiring a doctoral degree in educational leadership seems to be a natural next step in her personal and professional journey towards excellence. Dr. Shone relishes every opportunity possible to engage in serious self-development and replicate the personal transformation process that is associated with effective leadership. On September 2015, she fulfilled that dream and was awarded the Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership with academic distinction from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Soon after, she was selected as one of the facilitator candidate for the National Institute of School Leadership (NISL) program.
Dr. Kathrine Shone is currently the Director of Equity and Professional Learning at the Pomona Unified School District.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Dr. Will Show - From Traditional to Digital with Diana Cornejo-Sanchez, M.Ed.

On this episode of The Dr. Will Show, I chat with Professional Learning Specialist Diana Cornejo-Sanchez about working with teachers through their transition to a digital learning environment.

Diana Cornejo-Sanchez is a Professional Learning Specialist for the Mobile Technology Learning Center. She has over 11 years of experience as a teacher and mentor to new teachers. Cornejo-Sanchez received her Bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish from the University of San Diego (USD) in 2004. She also completed her a Single Subject Credentials in English and Spanish during this time and added a Social Science credential in 2014. She graduated with her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Language, Literacy, and Culture in 2006 from USD. She completed her Administrative Credential in 2014 through USD’s Educational Leadership Development Academy.
Cornejo-Sanchez was a founding teacher of High Tech High Media Arts when it first opened in 2005 and has over ten years’ experience working in a project-based learning environment. In addition, she has global experience consulting with educators to create equitable and engaging learning opportunities for students.