The platform ambassador relationship programs are focused on educational excellence and leadership. Ambassador members are part of a community of digital education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities—including working with each other and McGraw‐Hill Education—to bring the freshest, most innovative educational technology to learners everywhere.
Dr. Kay Rozzi Antonelli has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction at Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation in Mishawka, Indiana since 2011. Over the course of her teaching and administrative career, Dr. Antonelli has earned awards and distinctions on the local, state, and national levels.
Dr. Antonelli has been working on the local, state, and national levels relative to the use of formative assessment as a means to increase student achievement. She is particularly involved with the use and implementation of Performance Tasks that increase student capabilities with higher order thinking skills and problem-solving. In the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, teachers in content areas such as math, reading/language arts, science, social studies, music, art, and physical education, have built and utilized Performance Tasks with heavily embedded literacy and a stringent focus on Depth of Knowledge.
Dr. Antonelli has made numerous state and national presentations on the use of formative assessment and the resulting impact of increased student achievement.
Trent Paxon, Ed.S., has served as the Director of Testing and Assessment for the Jay School Corporation since 2012, and has been an administrator in the district since 1999. Most recently, Mr. Paxon has spoken at the National Title I Conference and the School Superintendents Association National Convention.
The Jay School Corporation has been an Indiana “A” Rated School district four of the past five years. When Indiana started assigning letter grades to schools and school districts, Jay Schools determined that a formative assessment program was needed to help provide a tool and guide in preparing students for the State’s high-stakes test. Acuity has provided Jay Schools with the data it needs to help drive the instruction needed to achieve the results.
Bertha Doar, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment at the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS). She began her career in education with SLPS in 1990 as a kindergarten screener and stayed with the Evaluation, Research and Assessment Department of the SLPS until 1997. After working with two other educational organizations, helping them to develop and implement assessment and continuous improvement systems, she returned to SLPS in 2009. Since her return, the Title 1 district has not only regained enough points to be considered for full accreditation by meeting the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines, as reviewed by the Missouri School Improvement Program, it has also gone above and beyond the required criteria.
The Accountability and Assessment Offices are helping SLPS develop and implement an assessment system that facilitates continuous academic improvement. As part of the SLPS goal to re-gain full accreditation, the district needs to increase the total points earned for MSIP. SLPS superintendent, Dr. Kelvin Adams is very data savvy and demands his staff members monitor data closely. Over the years, MSIP points were earned through implementing better procedures and processes in documenting attendance, ensuring students graduate and follow-up to post-secondary/career endeavors, etc. The last area left to improve in is performance on state mandated assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. To do this, the Accountability and Assessment Department switched from using SLPS developed Custom benchmarks to Acuity Predictives for grades 3-8 as the district benchmarking assessment system. In the 2014-2015 school year, the secondary level Acuity diagnostic assessments were implemented along with the SLPS secondary level Custom benchmarks developed for science and social studies. District and school staffs closely monitor data/performance, instruction, curricular alignment, Acuity Predictive/other benchmark performance, and subsequent instructional modifications. Over time, the district increased the number of points earned to qualify for consideration by DESE for full accreditation.
The SLPS Assessment Office works closely with other departments to ensure the district has the assessment systems that best support preparation for the state mandated assessments. In 2014, Dr. Adams authorized use of Acuity science online testing in preparation for online science state testing in 2015. Data analysis by the Assessment Office also showed that those teachers implementing Acuity in the classroom as recommended resulted in higher state test scores and student achievement than non-Acuity-using classrooms, where teachers were not implementing their Acuity training. The SLPS Assessment Office staff members continually collect information on user-friendliness of the digital systems and make suggestions to help improve products, allowing more meaningful deliverables to staff.
Sally Morgan has served as Technology Integration Coordinator for Marion County Schools in Fairmont, West Virginia, for 10 years, in charge of technology integration, testing, afterschool programming, counselors, world languages, and physical education.
An educator for 34 years, Sally holds master’s degrees in Gifted Education and Educational Leadership, and has taught gifted education, general science, biology, anatomy and physiology, college-level biology, and earth and environmental science. Sally has presented at national, regional, state, and local conferences.
Mike Kimbrel, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Quality and Evaluation for the Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been working at the district level focusing on measurement and assessment since 2010, helping to reinforce and continue Park Hill’s reputation as a high-quality school district with high student achievement, engaged community involvement, and a highly driven workforce.
During Kimbrel’s time at Park Hill, the district has been honored twice with the Missouri Quality Award based on the Baldrige Framework for Excellence, and both district high schools have been recognized by US News & World Report as being among the top high schools in the state and nation. Student achievement is in the top five percent in the state of Missouri, and the district has had model schools for programs such as Franklin Covey’s “Leader in Me.”
With active research interests including growth metrics, college and career readiness index measures, quality, strategic planning, and continuous improvement, Kimbrel has worked with the Acuity client advisory board prior to the Acuity Ambassador program to assist developers with administration, reporting, design, and piloting adaptive readiness assessments. Other digital technology involvement has included the comprehensive development of a K–12, 21st Century Skills Assessment for the Park Hill School District and the visualization of data, specifically with status scores versus growth-score analysis.
Mya Martin-Glenn, Ph.D., has served as Director of Assessment and Research for Aurora Public Schools (APS) in Aurora, Colorado since 2013, having previously worked as a program evaluator and data analyst for the diverse district, which has an enrollment of approximately 40,000 students from 131 countries, speaking 133 languages.
With an emphasis in Research Methods and Statistics, Martin-Glenn’s Ph.D. in Educational Psychology was earned at University of Denver.
Prior to APS, Martin-Glenn spent 10 years in educational research and evaluation at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) and JVA Consulting. In addition to her work as a researcher and evaluator, she has taught courses in undergraduate cultural anthropology, English to nonnative speakers, and graduate-level research methods, measurement, and statistics courses both online and on campus.
Darryl Adams, Ed.D., has served as Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) since 2011. Under his servant leadership, CVUSD is the first school district in the nation to provide a mobile device for every student from preschool through high school.
CVUSD is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools as well as being the first school district named as an Apple, Inc. Distinguished Program. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, CVUSD has been named by The Learning Counsel as one of the Top Ten Districts in the Nation in Digital Conversion.
The U.S. Department of Education has named Dr. Adams as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in the Nation. The Journal named him EdTech Innovator for the Month of June 2016. His Wifi-on-Wheels initiative has garnered praise from President Obama and is being replicated all over the nation, and receiving global attention. Adams has been named as one of the most influential voices in education by Tech and Learning. And The Center for Digital Education as honored him as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers in the nation in digital conversion.
Adams has led the way in educational technology and digital conversion, broadband infrastructure expansion for schools and educational technology teacher certification. He has been interviewed and highlighted by and on National Public Radio, The U.S. Department of Education, The Learning Counsel, and the Center for Digital Education regarding educational technology innovations.
An educator for 28 years, Adams’ mission and vision is to “Spread the Gospel of Connectivity and Preparation for College, Career, and Citizenship.”
Celebration as a leader in the field of digital-curriculum integration in the K‐12 space.
Recognition for your work and that of your school via case studies, testimonials, and site visits.
Unparalleled, direct access to marketing and development teams that help shape the offerings made available to your students and others.
Attendance at Ambassador summits to meet other Ambassador members and plan activities for upcoming calendar years.
Opportunities to present at local/regional/national events with McGraw‐Hill Education to discuss Acuity use.