Biographies - Using Video in Teaching and Staff Development - Part 1 - Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List

Part I: The Multi-Dimensions of Staff Development—Using Videos for Instructor PD
July 25 – 29, 2011

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Guests' Biographies


Branka MarcetaBranka Marceta, Project Coordinator, OTAN

Branka is the coordinator of technology projects at Outreach and Technical Assistance Project (OTAN), a leadership project with Adult Education Office, California Department of Education.

While at OTAN, Branka has produced a number of videos about technology integration in adult literacy education contexts. Some of the videos include topics such as student response systems for formative and summative evaluation, document cameras/digital presenters as presentation tools, and examples of mobile classrooms.

Branka has also presented on the topic of using video in the classroom at CATESOL conferences (California and Nevada Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and co-moderated TESOL’s Electronic Village Online 2010 session titled My Video Classroom 2.0.

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David Rosen

David J. Rosen, President, Newsome Associates

David Rosen is the co-founder and President of the Media Library of Teaching Skills (MLoTS) a small organization dedicated to making and hosting a free library of adult education classroom and tutoring videos for professional development.

David Rosen was the Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute/SABES Greater Boston Regional Support Center at the University of Massachusetts in Boston from 1986 to 2003. As an education consultant he now provides or has recently provided assistance to:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Adult and Community Learning Services to co-convene a task force and develop a multi-year state adult basic education technology plan
  • Massachusetts Central SABES Regional Support Center to create professional development workshops and modules on integrating technology in the classroom
  • Portland State University (Oregon) as a Regional implementation Advisor for the national Learner Web demonstration project
  • McDonald’s Corporation, as an advisor for English Under the Arches, a distance education ESOL program for immigrant restaurant workers
  • The Health Care Learning Network, a distance education workplace basic skills and college preparation program for healthcare workers in hospitals and nursing homes in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Jobs for the Future, for adult literacy education programs’ workforce development work in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Education Development Center to: develop and oversee the USAID-sponsored Bangladesh Youth Employment Pilot, help the Ministry of Education in Haiti to develop a national adult education learning system policy framework, develop and implement a USAID-sponsored adult education system in Liberia, and plan a national out-of-school youth employment and education program for Afghanistan; and
  • YouthBuild International to adapt vocational and literacy materials for out-of-school youth programs in Haiti in connection with the USAID-sponsored EDC Idejen project.

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Marian ThacherMarian Thacher, Director, OTAN

Marian Thacher is Director of the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN) which provides support and training for technology integration, electronic collaboration, and distance learning to adult educators in California.

Marian Thacher has been involved with the development of professional development videos on technology integration with OTAN for 10 years. She developed and led OTAN’s Technology Integration Mentor Academy for several years before becoming the project director. She has taught adult ESOL in Illinois and California, and written and participated in many grant-funded projects related to adult education, distance learning and technology integration. Ms. Thacher is a frequent presenter at national, state and local conferences on topics related to technology in adult education.

She has served on numerous national and regional advisory groups and is a founding member of the Adult Numeracy Network. Lynda received a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Mathematics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Heide WrigleyHeide Spruck Wrigley has many years of experience in researching approaches that build the language and literacy skills of immigrants not yet proficient in English. As head of Literacywork International she has been involved in a number of national and international projects designed to link adults and youth to “good” jobs. She currently is a fellow with the Migration Policy Institute’s Center for Immigrant Integration Policy and a consultant with Jobs for the Future, specializing in models and approaches for linking ESL and training. With Jim Powrie, she provides TA for the ABE/ESL innovation grants funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and offers training on ESL Transitions for 3 of the Texas GREAT Centers funded by Texas Learns.

Dr. Wrigley’s publications include From Survival to Thriving: Toward a More Articulated System for English Language Learners and The Language of Opportunity: Expanding Employment Opportunities for Adults with Limited English Skills (with Julie Strawn). She has also written two textbooks for workforce ESL: May I Help You (with Lynn Savage) and Communicating in the Real World (with Terry Wiley). She will be in Rwanda this summer to work with teachers and Peace Corps volunteers on projects that prepare out-of-school youth for jobs where English fluency provides a competitive advantage.


Jackie TaylorFacilitator: Jackie Taylor, Professional Development List Moderator, Literacy Information and Communication System.

Jackie Taylor is a Professional Development Specialist with experience designing, coordinating, facilitating, and evaluating online and face-to-face staff development to support practitioner-driven professional learning. Previously with the UT Center for Literacy Studies (2001-2007), she now works with clients at the state and national level.

Jackie moderates the Adult Literacy Professional Development Discussion List, sponsored by the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) in partnership with the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers. Ms. Taylor began moderating the List at its inception in 2003, then with approximately 70 subscribers, and continues to support the List with 1,400 subscribed in 2011.

She also manages all aspects of technology and social media for the National Coalition for Literacy. She has been the professional development editor for ProLiteracy, managing development of self-paced and online facilitated courses, and led the development of ProLiteracy’s Literacy for Social Change Training Project in collaboration with a ProLiteracy team. Prior to her career in staff development, she taught GED for Bledsoe County Adult Education and was an environmental educator with Tennessee State Parks.

Jackie is incoming president-elect for the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE). She is pursuing her doctorate in collaborative learning at the University of Tennessee.

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