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Ren Bryan

Assistant Professor of Education and Computing Sciences
Mooney 204
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
bryanr@elon.edu (336) 278-5852

Professional Expertise

education, education policy, professional development for teachers

Brief Biography

Ren Bryan is the former Associate Director of the North Carolina Teacher Academy, a professional development organization for North Carolina Teachers.  She was a classroom teacher in North Carolina public schools in the areas of secondary social studies, special education, gifted education, and instructional technology, earning National Board certification in adolescent-young adult social studies in 2000. She was recognized as the North Carolina Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1994 by the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies.

 

Education

EdD 2008 Curriculum and Instruction University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

MEd Special Education 1997 Elon University

BA Sociology 1973 North Carolina State University

 

Employment History

North Carolina Teacher Academy 1999-2011, Technology Fellow, Associate Director, 2009-2011

Alamance Burlington Schools 1973-1976, 1986-1999,

Elon University 1997-present

Courses Taught

Technology in Teaching and Learning CIS 220

Instructional Technology in the Classroom MED 523

Foundations of Gifted Education MED 562

Advanced Seminar III, Teacher Leadership MED 561

Teaching Diverse Learners

Educational Assessment

Why Were These Books Banned, GST 415

Research

Impact of Instructional Technology Professional Development on Teaching Practice and Student Performance, 2008

Presentations

Using Technology to Meet Individual Learning Styles Learning Styles Institute       

Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom  NCDPI   

Lighting Up Young Faces:  Making Success a Priority for English Language Learners        NSCI           

Teachers Teaching Teachers: A Model for Staff Development  NSDC           

Integrating Technology into Middle School Social Studies  NCETC                       

Integrating Technology into the Curriculum  NCETC                       

NAEP Assessment Process NCCSS                       

Personal Information

Professionally I have been a life-long educator.  Personally I have been a life-long wife and mother of four children ( and now five grandchildren) who anchor my life. I take great pleasure in working in my garden and enjoy watching things grow.

Professional Development

Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in the Regular Classroom

Integration of Technology into the Curriculum (North Carolina Teacher Academy)

LearnNC, Carolina Online Teaching

SAS InSchool, Curriculum Pathways

Reading 3D Diagnostic Assessment (Wireless Generation)

SmartBoard Certification

Blackboard Online Course Management Certification

Adult Learning and Coaching (Paideia Institute)

Assessing the Impact:  Evaluating Staff Development (JoEllen Killion)

Data Analysis and School Portfolio Development (Victoria Bernhardt)

Frameworks for Working with Children of Poverty (Ruby Payne)

Motivating Students to Succeed (PEAK Learn, Spence Rogers)

Meeting the needs of English Language Learners in the Regular Classroom (Kathleen Kenfield)

COLT Online Course Development

WebQuest Design and Development (Bernie Dodge)

Portfolio Assessment (print and electronic)

Integrated Unit Development (Roger Taylor model)

Learning Styles (Dunn and Dunn model)

Cooperative Learning (Johnson and Johnson model)

Awards

North Carolina Social Studies Teacher of the Year 1997 NCCSS