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Kristen Swanson
Works at BrightBytes
Attended Widener University, Ed.D
Lives in San Francisco, CA
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Why Connections Matter: #Edcamp Idaho
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Edcamp Idaho . The organizing team was incredible, the room was filled with experienced and novice participants alike, and the sessions were really diverse . As I went through the day, learning and sharing, I reali...
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Does cynicism = laziness? Musings from #EdcampUSA
Last Friday, I had the opportunity to Edcamp at the United States Department of Education . The incredible team at the Department of Education welcomed us with open arms and collaborated alongside us for the entire day. As I participated in the conversation...
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It's MINE! (Navigating a World of Shared Ownership)
   by    katieb50   Growing up, my sister and I used to argue a lot. In almost every case, we were arguing about ownership and control. Who owned the toy.... Who got to go first... Who won... And the list goes on... In many ways, traditional mindsets only s...
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Digital Leadership Day: The Roadmap to Classroom Transformation
Hello Region 10 Leadership Teams! I cannot wait to spend the day learning, sharing, and planning with you. We'll be co-conspirators in the construction of a plan that encourages relevant, personalized learning across your district. As I collaborated with th...
Hello Region 10 Leadership Teams! I cannot wait to spend the day learning, sharing, and planning with you. We'll be co-conspirators in the construction of a plan that encourages relevant, personalized learning across your dis...
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How Space Shapes Learning- A Peek Into Kindergarten
"My point is don't control them, don't protect them too much, and they need to tumble sometimes. And that makes them learn how to live in this world." ~Architect Takaharu Tezuka Do the learning spaces we create impact the kinds of experiences that grow from...
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Three Great Summer Reads
I know that many of us are about to embark on a brief respite before school resumes again. For me, this is a time to explore new ideas and lots of great books! If you're looking for great summer reads, here are my top 3 recommendations to get you ready for ...
I know that many of us are about to embark on a brief respite before school resumes again. For me, this is a time to explore new ideas and lots of great books! If you're looking for great summer reads, here are my top 3 recom...
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Putting People First- Human Centered Service Design
I love my work. (I'm pretty sure most of you already knew that!) There one facet of my work rises to the top as my favorite:  Human Centered Service Design Huh? Human centered service design is a term I use when creating valuable learning experiences that t...
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To My Teacher
Dear Grant, You were a great man with big ideas and even bigger dreams. It was a privilege and honor to study under you and do your work for the last few years. I will never forget what you taught me, and I will carry forth your legacy. Thank you for teachi...
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Nice tribute +Kristen Swanson I really learned much from his contributions. We are all better because of Grant. 
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The Changing Definition of Success for ESAs: A New Whitepaper
In February 2015, I had the privilege of working with Susan Leddick and service agency leaders from across the nation. During our time together at the Research Institute at BrightBytes , we grappled with the changing definition of success for service agenci...
In February 2015, I had the privilege of working with Susan Leddick and service agency leaders from across the nation. During our time together at the Research Institute at BrightBytes, we grappled with the changing definitio...
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Questions, Not Answers
Were you raised on an "instant answer" curriculum? In your academic career, did having the right answer at the right time lead to success? Yup, me too. In years past, we've organized curriculum much like a stamp collection. We gather as many different uniqu...
Were you raised on an "instant answer" curriculum? In your academic career, did having the right answer at the right time lead to success? Yup, me too. In years past, we've organized curriculum much like a stamp collection...
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Learning Personalized - A Practical Path Forward
Personalized learning is a progressively, student-driven model in which students deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. ~Zmuda, Curtis, & Ullman This is the type of learning we strive for in our classroo...
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BrightBytes Senior Research Leader
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  • BrightBytes
    Senior Research Leader, 2013 - present
  • DeSales University
    Adjunct M.Ed. Professor, present
  • Authentic Education
    Toledo Learn and UbD Consultant, 2012 - 2013
  • Springfield Township School District
    Technology Director, 2010 - 2012
  • Bucks County Intermediate Unit
    County-wide Trainer and Consultant, 2009 - 2010
  • Quakertown Community School District
    Teacher, 2005 - 2009
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San Francisco, CA
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Toledo, OH - Oreland, PA - Philadelphia, PA - Doylestown, PA - Sellersville, PA
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Learner, Leader, Teacher
Introduction
Teaching for transfer and information literacy is my personal mission. I work for BrightBytes to help people learn better using technology. I am also a founder of the Edcamp Movement, an adjunct professor for DeSales University, and a passionate learner.
Education
  • Widener University, Ed.D
    Educational Leadership, 2009 - 2011
  • Wilkes University, M.Ed.
    Instructional Technology, 2005 - 2007
  • DeSales University, B.A.
    Elementary and Special Education, 2002 - 2005
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