My mom really should have named me "The Optimizer", but I"m guessing it didn't look too cute embroidered on a swaddle blanket. For as long as I can remember, I've loved organization and efficiency. In every position I've held, I improved processes, documents, and file management. I'll be honest, in order for me to perform at my highest level I have to get organized, own the content, and expedite procedures.
Here are a couple of examples of my optimization skills:
Intervention Evaluation Documents - As an intervention specialist I worked with struggling students who needed constant evaluation and program adjustments. When I began this position, I quickly found out that there were not set documents created for this evaluation — and it was being conducted in every K-8 school across the district. In order for my students to have equity, I created standard documentation. The director of the program adopted my entire system and asked each intervention specialist to implement. A consistent data set was established, time was saved, students progressed, and information was tracked. Below, you'll find the presentation I created for my students as a visual aid in clearly explaining how they graduate out of this intervention program. Transparency is important for all students. The documents consist of the entry and exit forms I created by predetermining the essential data sets, and the form for the district-wide program, which adopted my guiding data sets.
Read 180 Classroom Systems - Every classroom teacher creates management systems for procedures, document management, and transitions. However, I inherited an intervention classroom with built-in processes, a ton of materials, computer programs, and individualized learning programs for each of my 37 students. These are the students that depended on my highest level of performance. I spent the 2 months prior to school starting redesigning every system, organization of materials, assessment schedules, and class transitions. With clear procedures and assessment goals, students knew their end goals. Within 2 years, more students had graduated out of my program than the previous 4 years combined.
Enrollment Services Policies and Procedures eHandbook - I took a new position as an Enrollment Services Representative at a community college. It was a low staffed department with many students who wanted to enroll and registered in-office. As an aid for my own training, I took notes on every advisor session I observed including: questions, documentation used, special situations, referenced rules, and database navigation. I filled an entire notebook. I needed something that would be easier to reference in my own advising meetings.
Real Feedback on Content Migration and Management
I just wanted to commend you all as this is the smoothest transition to a new platform, I have ever been through. I have been through all of them at Oregon Tech over the years, my vascular program was the first online program for the school back in 1994. Truly, you all have done such a great job. I wanted to take a moment to let you know! You all need to celebrate as this was no small task. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for this smooth transition and the ongoing efforts you all are making to answer questions fast and get course shells to faculty quickly. I had many last minute adjunct changes out of my control, which were unexpected and you all got me those Canvas shells really fast. My goal is to have all my courses published and ready for summer by the end of the day Friday. Working hard at it! I am loving Canvas, what a great decision! I already feel like I can't live without it now, so many helpful features that I am using already.
So grateful and appreciative of you all.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Truly grateful! Looking forward to seeing everyone at graduation.
J.I. - Professor at Oregon Institute of Technology, 2019