J. Mark Schwanz

J. Mark Schwanz

Teacher, Administrator, & FEV Tutor, Regional Area Partner

Location
Greater Los Angeles Area
Industry
Education Management

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J. Mark Schwanz's Overview

Current
  • Regional Area Partner at Focus EduVation
  • Adjunct Faculty at Horizon Institute, Los Angeles
  • Teacher, Technology Lead at Lynwood Unified School District
Past
  • Assistant Prinicpal at Lynwood Unified School District
  • Assistant Prinicpal at Inglewood Unified School District
  • Technology Coordinator and Teacher at Buena Park School District
  • Teaching Assistant Principal at Buena Park School District
Education
Connections

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J. Mark Schwanz's Summary

I'm blazing ahead to share my hope for teaching and learning. I'm a Regional Area Partner for FEV Tutor, a teacher, husband, parent, local church community practitioner. I'm a saxophone enthusiast and an edtech junkie since I started in education 20 years ago.
Please connect with me if you share common interests or feel that we could mutually benefit each other's endeavors in some way. I'd be honored if you followed me here, on Twitter (@gpaedtech), Facebook (@markschwanz), and Google+ (markschwanz). I update my blog (markschwanz.info) almost every day and am a curator with help from Scoop.it. (http://www.scoop.it/u/j-mark-schwanz)
Recently I proudly completed my certification in online and blended learning with Leading Edge so I'd love to land a teaching or administrative position where I can be involved in this full time.

J. Mark Schwanz's Experience

Regional Area Partner

Focus EduVation

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Education Management industry

May 2013Present (1 year 5 months) Greater Los Angeles Area

http://markschwanz.info/blended-k12/

FEV Tutor (www.fevtutor.com) is an online learning and educational technology company based just outside of the EdTech Hub of Boston, MA.
* We provide live online tutoring programs for the K-12 market.
* Our programs are driven by innovative 21st century technology and can be molded and customized to meet the needs of schools and districts.
* All of our programs are process driven, engaging and aligned to drive student achievement across various student populations.
* FEV Tutor is totally customizable to meet the needs your students and teachers have: intervention; enrichment; Tier III RTi; before-during-after school; 21st century skills; college readiness; advanced placement; CST/CAHSEE prep; summer school support; credit recovery support; ACT/SAT prep; school improvement programs; grades and subjects include 3-12, math, science, ELA/reading, social studies, custom programs

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Education Management industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Los Angeles, CA

I design and teach college level courses including English and "Introduction to Computers and the Internet." This new, private institution is sponsored by a group of Christian leaders in the community who wanted to ensure quality education is available for international students and English learners. http://www.huniv.org/ I am assisting Horizon in the development of blended and online learning to support their growing and diverse learning community.

Teacher, Technology Lead

Lynwood Unified School District

August 2010Present (4 years 2 months) Thurgood Marshal Elementary School, Lynwood

2013-2014 1st Grade
2012-2013 2nd Grade
2011-2012 1-2 Grade Combo
2010-2011 5th Grade (Mark Twain ES)
2007-2010 Technology Department
(Teacher on Special Assignment July 2007 to June 2010)

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

February 2013June 2014 (1 year 5 months) online

I rate the Praxis administration exam questions.

Founding partner

Soles for Life

January 2012August 2013 (1 year 8 months) Gardena, CA

I helped begin Soles for Life so that we could raise funds for life: clean water and learning opportunities.
www.solesforlife.com

Teacher on Special Asgmt.

Lynwood Unified School District

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

July 2007August 2010 (3 years 2 months) Lynwood Unified School District

Formulated a comprehensive district master plan for technology, Enhancing Education Through Technology grades 5-7 grant program, designed and implemented library grant program resulting in half a million $500,000 invested in library materials, online resources, professional development, automation systems, online learning support for instruction with a special focus on middle schools.
Implemented critical instructional software programs resulting in measureable student achievement. Notable achievements included: One year special partnership with Pearson to increase the fidelity of district-wide implementation of SuccessMaker in grades K-6. Implementation of Riverdeep, Achieve3000, and Moodle to support secondary instructional intervention.

Assistant Prinicpal

Lynwood Unified School District

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Education Management industry

August 2004June 2007 (2 years 11 months)

Abbott Elementary School

Assistant Prinicpal

Inglewood Unified School District

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Education Management industry

September 2003June 2004 (10 months) Warren Lane School (K-8)

Warren Lane School (K-8)

Technology Coordinator and Teacher

Buena Park School District

October 1996September 2003 (7 years)

Teacher
Technology Coordinator
Created and managed district and school websites

Teaching Assistant Principal

Buena Park School District

20022003 (1 year)

Taught Kindergarten in the a.m. and various duties as Assistant Principal in the p.m. (Student behavior, technology coordinator, special programs, special education, facilities, school plan).

J. Mark Schwanz's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Co-founder

      Soles For Life
      • Poverty Alleviation
      January 2012 August 2013 (1 year 8 months)

      We raise funds to repair wells in Africa. In addition to our water projects, we also help fund local education, community service, transplant funding, and other vital causes.

    • Board Member

      Gateway Prep Academy
      • Education
      October 2009 present (5 years)

      A community not-for-profit independent study high school credit recovery program for students in the Harbor Gateway area. . .
      www.gpa.la

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Children
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Education
    • Organizations I support:

      • Water For Our World
      • Soles For Life, Inc.
      • Church of the Servant King, Gardena, CA
      • Gateway Prep Academy

J. Mark Schwanz's Certifications

  • Online and Blended Teacher

    • Leading Edge Certification
    • April 2014
  • Crosscultural,Language and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD)

    • California CTC
    • License 110168646
    • July 2012 to July 2017
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    • California CTC
    • License 120546341
    • July 2012 to July 2017
  • Administrative Services Credential

    • California CTC
    • License 120546343
    • July 2012 to July 2017

J. Mark Schwanz's Publications

  • Internet Use Policy and Practice

    • 2001
    • June 1, 2001
    Authors: J. Mark Schwanz, J. Mark Schwanz

    Master's Thesis, CSUF

J. Mark Schwanz's Languages

  • Spanish

J. Mark Schwanz's Projects

  • Digital Portfolio

    • January 2012 to Present
    Team Members: J. Mark Schwanz

    Online resume and professional info

  • Classroom Blog

    • August 2011 to Present
    Team Members: J. Mark Schwanz, Camille Howard, Irma Rodriguez

    Blog to support classroom communication, access to online resources, professional development and student achievement.

  • Computers, Technology, and the Internet

    • September 2013 to Present
    Team Members: J. Mark Schwanz

    This course involves the study of computers, networking, the Internet, and various other technology resources and practices. The course explores the interrelationship of modern communication with legal, ethical and equitable distribution of resources. A key component of the course is the online interaction provided through the use of the Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) system and other online resources.

  • ePortfolio for Online and Blended Teacher Certification

    • April 2014 to Present
    Team Members: J. Mark Schwanz

    This site is a digital portfolio of my work in the Leading Edge Certification (LEC) for Online and Blended Learning this past Spring. I have planned to take this course for some time now and in completion can say that I am very glad I did. It's an important step in my continuing journey to become a better teacher. Many of the strategies, techniques, and theories I have learned will help me in many of the things that I am responsible for.

J. Mark Schwanz's Skills & Expertise

  1. Joomla
  2. Moodle
  3. Novachi
  4. Google Docs
  5. Educational Technology
  6. Staff Development
  7. E-learning
  8. Instructional Design
  9. Teaching
  10. Community Outreach
  11. Classroom Instruction
  12. Curriculum Design
  13. Technology Integration
  14. Adult Education
  15. K-12
  16. Teacher Training
  17. Instructional Technology
  18. Educational Leadership
  19. Public Speaking
  20. Common Core State Standards
  21. Curriculum Development
  22. Fundraising
  23. E-Learning
  24. Classroom
  25. Leadership
  26. Coaching
  27. Training
  28. Blended Learning
  29. Elementary Education
  30. Organizational Development
  31. Employee Training
  32. Educational Consulting
  33. Lesson Planning
  34. Distance Learning
  35. Classroom Management
  36. Tutoring
  37. ESL
  38. Social Media
  39. Grants
  40. Differentiated Instruction
  41. Grant Writing
  42. Google Apps
  43. Consulting
  44. Higher Education
  45. Learning Management Systems
  46. Nonprofits
  47. Education Reform
  48. Learning Management
  49. Literacy
  50. Program Management

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J. Mark Schwanz's Education

California State University-Fullerton

M.S., Education

20002001

Thesis: Internet Use Policy and Practice

Activities and Societies: Educational Administration, Fullerton Cohort

Concordia University-Irvine

Credential, Education

19951997

Teacher credentialing program

Activities and Societies: Teaching Credential

Azusa Pacific University

M.A., Pastoral Studies

19911997

I studied Christian Ed. and Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.) & was a member of the University Choir & Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band and other groups.

Activities and Societies: Friends Center C.P. Haggard School of Theology

Azusa Pacific University

B.A., Ministry

19871991

University Choir & Orchestra

Activities and Societies: School of Music

Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie, Oregon

Diploma, College Prep

19831987

Cross-country, track and field, band, jazz band

Activities and Societies: Ski Club, Band, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Track & Field, Cross Country, ...

J. Mark Schwanz's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

Educational Technology, Moodle, Google Docs, School Reform, community, urban renewal, independent study, Open Source, faith in practice and service, international water purification community development, fundraising

Groups and Associations:

International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), Computer Using Educators (CUE), Consortium of School Networking (COSN)

Honors and Awards:

Who's Who, US Colleges, 1991, 1997
Mentor Teacher (Buena Park, 1999)
District Webmaster (Buena Park, 1998-2001)
CTAP Collaborative Classroom Grant (OCDE 2000)
Grant award coordinator (USDE, Library Grant, 2008-2009)

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