|Larissa Wright-ElsonDedicated, resourceful, and innovative instructor who strives to help students enjoy language and literature and supports each student’s social and intellectual growth. Exceptional collaborator who creates and facilitates an atmosphere of mutual respect and open communication with colleagues, administration and community stakeholders.||7100 Linden DriveAnchorage, AK, 99502|
Anchorage School District — Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
August 2017 – PRESENT
Leads the review, creation, and adoption of new curriculum for grades 6-12. Maintains the district’s English/Language Arts program with a focus on national ELA standards and assists with the development and vision of an articulated, innovative, culturally responsive 21st Century Language Arts program. Recommends and implements change to assure program integrity, relevance, and best instructional practices.
Special Projects: Leading teams to create digital content for Canvas in response to pandemic; implementing new 6-8 curriculum; assisting to design a multi-tiered system of supports to provide equitable access to a rigorous, standards-based curriculum for all students; organizing ANC Youth Speaks – a TEDx type event with Alaska Public Media (local PBS); planning and implementing job-embedded professional development; bringing national speakers to Anchorage; creating Virtual Professional Learning Series with PBS Education; supporting and creating flipped and blended classrooms; Mayor’s Steering Committee for School Gardens.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art — Curriculum Designer
October 2018 – July 2020
In collaboration with museum education staff, edited and created learning experiences for students for a new 9th grade Alaska Studies curriculum for state-wide use.
Anchorage School District, South High School, West High School, Romig Middle School — English Teacher
August 1998 – August 2017
Classes: AP Language, AP Seminar, American Literature, World Literature, Teen Issues in Literature, Dignity in Diversity, Shakespeare, Digital Composition, middle school language arts.
Teaching highlights: over ten years of using a flipped or blended instructional model; leader of AP vertical team; advanced AP training; presented at technology conferences; technology grant recipient; technology in-service development; began Socratic seminar program; media literacy trainingSpecial Projects: South Speaks/TEDx South Anchorage High School; Every 15 Minutes; AP Capstone program
University of Alaska, Anchorage — Adjunct SEPTEMBER 2012 – current
Online and in-person university course design experience: developed a flipped classroom for colleagues, teaching technology integration best practices, skills and essentials for educators and students. Facilitated courses in Google Applied Digital Skills and Google Fundamentals training. Developed and taught methods courses including: implementation of Socratic seminar for all ages and learners, cultural storytelling, differentiated and scaffolded writing instruction using digital tools, strategies for intensifying instruction, and pedagogical practices for online learning.
Alaska Learning Network, Wrangell — Curriculum Designer2012
With university level training, created a curriculum for American Literature aligned with state and ISTE standards for best practices with online and distance delivery methods.
Concordia University, Portland — Ed.D., in progress
May 2014 – PRESENT
The Transformational Leadership specialization is intended for diverse fields of leadership including school, business and organization. Learning to create a vision to guide change through inspiration, working in tandem with committed members of a group for successful implementation.
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau — M.Ed.
AUGUST 2006 – AUGUST 2011
University of Alaska, Anchorage – B.S.
August 1996 – May 1998Secondary Education
Central Connecticut State University – B.A.
January 1990 – May 1994English literature – concentration in writing
AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
AP Reader 2019 & 2020 – AP Seminar
English Techie blog
Canvas LMS expertise
Google for Education Certified Trainer
Levels 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator
Turnitin Master Advocate
Flipped Learning Certified Trainer
National Board Candidate Support
PBS Digital Innovator All-Star, 2018-2020
National Board Certification Adolescent/Young Adult English and Language Arts, 2004 and renewed 2013
PBS Digital Innovator lead innovator for Alaska, 2016
Permaculture Design Certificate 2013
Modern Classroom Essentials
Mike Murphy, 2019
Thinking Collaborative December 2019
Harkness Seminar Method
Exeter Humanities Institute Summer 2019
Capturing Kids’ Hearts
The Flippen Group, 2019
Project Based Learning 101
Buck Institute 2018
The Flippen Group – 2018