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Rebecca Vyduna

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EDUCATION

HARVARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Masters in Education, School Leadership Program

 

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Bachelor of Arts in Education. GPA 3.8/4.0, 4.0 in major

 

Licensure

Massachusetts Principal/Assistant Principal License, grades K-6, 5-8

Illinois Transitional Bilingual Teaching Certificate, valid through 2011

Illinois State Teacher Certification Board, grades K-8

 

Cambridge, MA

2007-2008

 

 

Urbana-Champaign, IL

1998-2002

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE

BALDWIN SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Baldwin is a 390 student JK-8 school with a 36% African American and 30% low income profile

Principal

  • Create and facilitate Instructional Leadership Team aimed at examining data to design professional development and build school unity.
  • Overhaul student referral system to align with Response To Intervention framework, lowering referrals to special education and systematically providing students with targeted intervention.
  • Manage 9 different instructional coaches from a variety of content areas. Design coach professional development focused on difficult conversations. Guide implementation of coaching cycles.
  • Lead school-wide professional development sessions on "accountable talk" and building a professional learning community.

 

TUCKER SCHOOL, MILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Tucker is a 295 student K-5 school with a 43% African American and 30% low income profile

Principal Intern

  • Unified community constituents to draft grant for Expanded Learning Time
  • Developed plan with team of upper grade teachers to begin mixed-ability grouping between English and French immersion classrooms
  • Drove school-wide instructional improvement through use of data and collaborative coaching

 

CURTIS GUILD SCHOOL, BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Guild is a 275 student K-5 school with a 69% ESL and 83% low income profile

Principal Intern

  • Redesigned and facilitated monthly faculty meetings
  • Established protocols and norms to create a rpofessional learning community

 

Cambridge, MA

Jul 2008-present

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milton, MA

Jan-Jun 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston, MA

Sep 2007-Jan 2008

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

WESTDALE SCHOOL, DISTRICT 83

Westdale is a 600 student PreK-5 school with a 32% ESL and 45% low income profile

Bilingual Third Grade Teacher

  • Enhanced and modified third grade curriculum for ESL learners
  • Communicated all written and oral messages with parents and community in Spanish
  • Aided student transition from K-3 bilingual program to English-only classroom in grade 4
  • Taugh tailored instruction leading to 75% proficiency on state exam and 95% proficiency on ESL exam

 

Creator and Coordinator, Read-a-Thon Fundraiser

  • Over 200 students and 20 staff members participated to raise $4160 to build two libraries in Nepal through student pledges and community support, exceeding goals
  • Motivated staff and students in school-wide fundraising effort for the Room to Read organization

 

Creator and Coordinator, The Chatterboxes After School Program

  • Developed high-interest storytelling and comic performance curriculum for at-risk bilingual students
  • Created environment where learner behavior challenges were reframed as strenghts
  • Applied for, budgeted and allocated grant funding

 

COLEGIO INTERAMERICANO

"Inter" is a private, 1400 student K-12 campus serving native Guatemalan children

Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher

  • Planned and developed curriculum with kindergarten team
  • Facilitated learning for an 89% Guatemalan ESL student population

 

Scope and Sequence Committee

  • Represented primary grades in school-wide effort to create a unified curriculum document
  • Created and distributed scope and sequence document template

Northlake, IL

Sep 2005-Jun 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Sep 2003-Jul 2005

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

THE DATAWISE INSTITUTE

Facilitator

  • Guided small group of school leaders from across country in learning datawise framework, a systematic approach to using data to drive instructional improvement developed by Harvard faculty
  • Provided feedback and critiqued datawise action plans for 12 different school districts

 

TREE FROG PUBLISHING

Tree Frog is a multilingual publishing company providing educational products for language, geography, and culture learning

Children's Book Editor

  • Edited and enhanced "The Suitcase Sleuths," a series of novels
  • Contributed opinions and suggestions to diverse team of editors, reviewers, and publisher

 

Writer

  • Authored cultural expository essays for interactive website
  • Designed online teacher activities and tools to correspond with novel series

 

SOCIAL SORORITY

Traveling Education Consultant ("TEC")

  • Analyzed, assessed, and advised a network of 45 collegiate chapters
  • Built new chapters at University of Iowa and New York University

 

Harvard, MA

Jun 2008-2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago, IL

 

 

Mar 2006-Aug 2007

 

 

 

 

May 2006-Aug 2007

 

 

 

36 US Cities

Aug 2002-Aug 2003

SERVICE IN COMMUNITY & UNDERGRADUATE LEADERSHIP

Volunteer, Casa De Sion Orphanage, Guatemala

  • Worked with a team of teachers to establish rules and routines for volunteers to follow
  • Facilitated group games and activities with orphans related to a weekly learning objective

 

President, Student Education Council

  • Planned and presided over monthly meetings with the Dean of Education
  • Oversaw monthly workshop series for all education undergraduates

Dec 2003-Feb 2005

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 2001-May 2002

HONORS AND AWARDS

Vicki Lynn Merkel Excellence in Leadership Award

  • Awarded to one of ten seniors nominvated by Dean of Students for demonstrated exceptional leadership and signficant impact on the quality of university life

 

Education Alumni Association Outstanding Student Medal Scholar Finalist

  • Nominated by faculty recommendations based on the strength of personal and academic achievement in Education

Apr 2002

 

 

 

 

May 2002

SKILLS

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Highly developed computer skills in MS Office applications, HTML design, Mac, PC, tablet PC, web 2.0 tools