LAURA M. RICHTER
39 Elmwood Avenue
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 873-1038 (home) -(207) 877-1551 (cell)
THOMAS COLLEGE, Waterville, Maine
Master of Science (MS) in Computer Technology, 2000
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT ORONO
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, 1976
PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS & AWARDS
State of Maine Teaching Certification (current 2010) : K-8 (General Elementary),
7-12 (English/Language Arts, Social Studies), K-12 (Computer Technology)
Apple Distinguished School Award 2009
Finalist, ACTEM Technology Leadership Award, 2008
Apple Distinguished Educator Award, 2003
Maine PBS Technology in the Classroom/NTTI Master Teacher Award for lesson design, 2001
Recipient, National Semiconductor Innovator Award, 1998
Education, Education & Technology:
Technology Integrationist, Skowhegan Area Middle School, MSAD #54, 2002-present
Co-designed, implemented, and manage district-wide technology integration program for MSAD #54. Train educators in integrating technology in their classroom teaching; assist students with multimedia projects; first point person for software troubleshooting for 450 student, faculty, and administrator computers at middle school.
Adjunct Instructor, Thomas College, Waterville, ME, 2008-present-ED245 "Technology across the Curriculum," training future teachers in the use of technology across all curriculum areas. CS345- Multimedia 20010.
Contributing Member, Task Force for Maine
International Center for Digital Learning, 2008-present
Brainstormed with team to create the MICDL website, currently actively populating international website with high-quality pedagogical resources and classroom practice content
Educator, Maine School Administrative District #54, 1984-2000
Teacher, History/Geography (gr. 7-8), 1997-2002
Teacher, Classroom (gr. 6), 1989-1997
Teacher, Gifted and Talented Program (K-6), 1987-1989
Teacher, Migrant Education (K-12), 1984-1987
Teacher Training, Education & Technology:
[N.B.: The project that began under the SEED grant-funded initiative evolved into the partnership with MLTI and is currently referred to as MLTI or the "State of Maine 1:1 Laptop Program." The Apple, MLTI, and SEED teaching and training have all formed part of this ongoing project ].
Apple Professional Development (APD) Trainer, State of Maine 1:1 Laptop Program, 2007-present
Train educators in the integration of technology skills in all aspects of teaching and learning. Multimedia projects become a key part of curricula.
Regional Integration Mentor and Content Leader in Social Studies, Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), 2002-2007
Trained educators across the state in the effective use of technology across the curriculum and specifically in the content area of Social Studies.
Technology Integration Trainer for Apple/SEED, 2002-2005
Responsible, as part of team of Apple-trained teachers, for preparing 7th-grade teachers to participate in the Maine Laptop Initiative. Educational sessions planned through Project SEED, funded through a federal technology innovation challenge grant.
Consulting Teacher for SEED, 2000-2004
Held open classroom for teachers from around the state to observe the process of active cross-curricular technology integration.
Education, Curriculum Design:
Member, Curriculum Design Team, Technology-Rich Classroom (TRC), 1990-present
Member of the original planning team for the TRC project (1990-1994), member of team designing and teaching courses in MSAD #54 on technology integration for interdisciplinary K-12 units (1994-present).
2011 The Thousand Word Project-Designed all lessons with technology integration components. The Thousand Words Project fits within the mission of the Bates College Museum of Art’s
unique position as the most public arm of Bates College. The Museum is committed to collecting, preserving, and using works of art to serve the Bates Community and the public through direct experience.
Curriculum Designer, "The
Undersea Adventures of Capt'n Eli, " 2008-present
Create lesson plans integrated with series of educational graphic novels used for cross-curricular teaching. Upcoming presentation on Capt'n Eli lesson design forthcoming in May 2009 at the Maine Comics Arts Festival for librarians and educators.
Curriculum Designer, "There
Ought To Be A Law," 2007-2008
Created lesson plans on the Maine legislative process and the Second Amendment, integrated with a documentary film about a petitioner seeking an amendment to a State of Maine law. Lessons and activities focus on 21st-century skills, integrating technology with lessons as students follow the political process from activism to voting.
Curriculum Designer, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 2000-2004
Created lesson plans, using the NTTI format, integrating public television programs for use in the middle school. Award received 2001.
Member, Social Studies Curriculum Development Team, MSAD #54, 1991
Participated in structuring the social studies curriculum across the school district.
Developer, Gifted and Talented Curriculum Design, MSAD #54, 1989-1990
Planned program curriculum for integration into the classroom (grades 1 & 2), including instruction of staff in differentiating the curriculum for special needs students.
WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS
ACTEM conference-Presentation-Using Studywiz Online Learning Environment Integration with Historical Topics October 2008
Revitalizing Communities -The Rural Schools and Community Trust, Curriculm development workshop. June 2008
Maine Social Studies Conference- Demonstration of Award Winning Documentary curriculm, There Ought To be a Law May 2008
Working with Primary Sources-Maine Historical Society/ MLTI summer workshop, Castine, Me. June 2007
"Technology: A Tool Applied across the Curriculum," presentation at the Iron Mountain Middle School Conference, (Michigan) October 1994
"Cultural Diversity: A Global Tapestry in the Making," presentation for the Maine Geographic Alliance at the Global Education Conference, October 1994
"Cooperative Learning Strategies," workshop taught with Slavin, Kagan, Johnson, & Johnson. Upward Bound Program, University of Maine at Farmington, June 1994
"Integrating Technology in the Classroom," (TRC project), presentation at the Maine Superintendents Annual Conference, October 1993
"Understanding China," presentation on lesson plan development for the National Geographic Alliance Institute, July 1993
"Authentic Assessment Design," workshop at the National Geographic Alliance, (Colorado), July 1992
"Interdisciplinary Units with Cooperative Learning Strategies," presentation with Robert Slavin, Western Maine Partnership, December 1989
"Cooperative Learning Instruction," staff training sessions on cooperative learning for MSAD #54, MSAD #05 (Rockland), Region 9 (Rumford) Middle School, and the Harmony Elementary School District; 1987-1990