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RuthE.Lyons,Ph.D.

54ForestAvenue#2Orono,ME04473(207)3999699
ruthlyons@gmail.com

AcademicPreparation

PhD
,EducationalPsychology
dualconcentration
:GiftedEducation&TalentDevelopmentand
EducationalLeadership,UniversityofConnecticut,Storrs,CT
CertificateofAdvancedStudy
,EducationalLeadership,UniversityofMaine,Orono,ME
MastersofScienceinTeaching
,FordhamUniversity,NewYork,NY
BFA
,PhotographicIllustration,RochesterInstituteofTechnology,Rochester,NY

ProfessionalExperience

August2014Present:
RSU22SchoolDistrictHampden,Winterport,Newburgh,andFrankfort(Maine)
GiftedandTalentedCoordinator(K12)
ImplementationofIndividualizedLearningPlanmeetingsforallidentifiedstudentsandfamilies
CreationofIndividualizedLearningPlans(ILPs)foridentifiedstudents
Testingforstudentsingrades2,5,8
DirectserviceswithGTstudentsingrades27
TotalSchoolClusterGroupingpointperson
CompletionofTeacherObservationsforGTTeachers
WrotetheAnnualReportfortheRSU22GTProgramapprovedFebruary2015
MemberofRSU22AdministrativeTeam
CreationofbudgetforRSU22GTProgram
Facilitationofcommunitypartnerswithschools
Creationofmonthlynewsletterfordistrictstakeholders

2012August2014:
TheDr.JosephS.RenzulliGiftedandTalentedAcademyHartfordPublicSchools(Connecticut)
Principal/Director(grades410)
SuccessfulexperiencedesigningandgrowingtheRenzulliAcademyschoolplanfromagrade46
schoolwithinaschoolin2009toastandalone
ConnecticutSchoolofDistinction
grades410
Academyin2014.
Implementedresearchbasedtechniquesandpedagogytoincreasestudentsuccessand
opportunities.
2010:
89%
ofthestudentbodyatgoalormasterylevelontheStateAssessment(Connecticut
MasteryTest)
2011:
95%
ofthestudentbodyatgoalormasterylevelontheStateAssessment(Connecticut
MasteryTest)
2012:
101.8%
ofthestudentbodyatgoalormasterylevelontheStateAssessment
(ConnecticutMasteryTest).ThedistricttransitionedtoSPI(SchoolPerformanceIndex),
Renzulliswas
94.9
2013:SchoolPerformanceIndexof
92.4
ontheStateAssessment(ConnecticutMasteryTest)
Ledteacherstousedatatodriveinstruction,providedexpertiseinadaptingcurriculumand
implementingtheSchoolwideEnrichmentModel.
ServedasaresourcewiththeSchoolwideEnrichmentModelandtheSchoolwideEnrichmentModel
inReading(SEMR).

ManagedtheRenzulliAcademybudgettomaximizetheuseofresources,includinga1:1laptop
programforallstudentsattheRenzulliAcademy
CompletedthedistrictidentificationforgiftedandtalentedstudentsinHartfordPublicSchoolsand
oversawthestudentenrollmentandidentificationattheRenzulliAcademy
PromotedtheAcademyintheHartfordCommunitytoincreaseenrollment
ConductedmonthlyparentmeetingsandcreatedaParentTeacherOrganizationaswellas
communityoutreachwithanumberofHartfordbusinesses.
EstablishedaSchoolGovernanceCouncil.
OversawandmanagedUniversityofConnecticutaffiliatedpartnerships,includingthedevelopmentof
afourweeksummerenrichmentprogram.
Providedtoursandinformationalsessionstovisitorsfromaroundtheworldaboutthecurriculumand
thephilosophyoftheRenzulliAcademy
Coordinatedacademiccompetitionsforstudents,suchastheInventionConventions,National
HistoryDay,andNationalGeographyBeewheremanystudentsplacedattheschool,district,and
statelevel.
AwardedtheAdministratoroftheYear,20112012,ConnecticutAssociationoftheGifted

20092012:
UniversityofConnecticutsConfratuteStorrs,CT
ResearchAssistant,NeagCenterforGiftedEducationandTalentDevelopment
OnsiteCoordinator,ConfratuteUConnsAnnualSummerInstituteinEnrichmentTeachingand
Learning

20092012:
TheDr.JosephS.RenzulliGiftedandTalentedAcademyHartfordPublicSchools(Connecticut)
LeadTeacher(Scienceforgrades46andSchoolwideEnrichmentModelinReadingforgrades46)
WrotetheschooldesignplanforTheDr.JosephS.RenzulliGiftedandTalentedAcademyandwas
theleaderinpresentingthistotheschoolboardandgainingapprovalasaschoolinFebruary2011.
DevelopedtheidentificationandapplicationprocessforstudentenrollmentattheRenzulliAcademy
Adoptedandapprovedcurriculummodelsthatpromotehighacademicachievement,task
commitment,andcreativityforHartfordshighpotentialyouth.
Curriculumevolvesinthreetiers:providingtheopportunityforstudentstodevelopdepth,
complexity,andacademiccuriosity.
AwardedtheHarryPassowClassroomTeacherScholarship,2010,NationalAssociationforGifted
Children

20072009:
SkowheganAreaMiddleSchoolMSAD#54(Skowhegan,Maine)
GiftedandTalentedTeacher
AlgebraI(HighSchoolHonors)
th
th
GiftedandTalentedLanguageArts(7
and8
grade)
YearbookAdvisor
MathCountsMathTeamCoach
SpellingBeeMasterforSchoolandDistrict

20042007:
BloomfieldElementarySchoolMSAD#54(Skowhegan,Maine)
ThirdandFourthGradeTeacher(loopingexperience)

FourthGradeLeadTeacher
PrincipalIntern20062007
MemberofStudentAssistantTeam
TeamAdvisorfortheCivilRightsTeam
TeacherMentorforStudentTeachersandPracticumStudents
Collaboratedwithspecialeducationteacherstoestablishaninclusionmodelclassroom

20022004
IntermediateSchool216NYCPublicSchools(Bronx,NY)
FifthGradeTeacher
YearbookEditor
TeacherofHonorsLevelClasses
SchoolLeadershipCommitteeChair
NewYorkCityTeachingFellow(AmeriCorpfundedprogram)

StateEducationalCertifications

CONNECTICUT:
IntermediateAdministrationandSupervision(092)
CertifiedElementaryEducationTeacherK6(005)
MAINE:
AssistantSuperintendent(015)
BuildingPrincipal(040)
GiftedandTalentedEndorsement(690)
CertifiedElementaryEducationTeacherK8(020)
HighlyQualifiedinMathematics,EnglishLanguageArtsandElementaryEducation
NEWYORK:
CertifiedElementaryEducationTeacher(16)

Publications

Lyons,R.
&Reis,S.M.(2012).
Anapplicationoftheschoolwideenrichmentmodelandhighendlearning
theorytoinnovationineducation.
InLarisaShavinina(Ed.),
TheRoutledgeInternationalHandbookof
InnovativeEducation.
NewYork,NY:Routledge.

Presentations

Keynotes:
Reis,S.M.,MoralesTaylor,M.,&
Lyons,R.
(2012,July).TheRenzulliAcademy:StudentPanel.The
th
Universityof

Connecticuts35AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

NationalandInternational:
Lyons,R.
(2014,November).
TheGiftedLearnersRoadtoSelfDiscovery:ALookatBuildingResiliency,
Selfconcept,andSelfefficacyWithintheGiftedChild
.
NationalAssociationforGiftedChildrenNational
Conference,Baltimore,MD.

Lyons,R.
(2014,November).
DifferentiationStrategiesinanyContent
.
RSU22NewTeacherTraining,
Hampden,ME.


Lyons,R.
(2014,October).
DifferentiationintheK2Classroom
.
RSU22TeacherInservice,Hampden,ME.

Lyons,R.
(2014,July).ReplicatingtheRenzulliAcademy:DesigningaSEMSchool.TheUniversityof
th
Connecticuts37
AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

Lyons,R.
(2014,July).SchoolwideEnrichmentModel:BreakoutSessionforElementary.TheUniversityof
th
Connecticuts37
AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

Lyons,R.
(2013,November).TheCreationofaSchool:TheRenzulliAcademy
.
NationalAssociationfor
GiftedChildrenNationalConference,Indianapolis,IN.

Lyons,R.
(2013,July).ReplicatingtheRenzulliAcademy:DesigningaSEMSchool.TheUniversityof
th
Connecticuts36
AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

Lyons,R.
(2013,July).Thegiftedlearnersroadtoselfdiscovery:Alookatbuildingresiliency,selfconcept
th
andselfefficacywithintheGiftedChild.TheUniversityofConnecticuts36
AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

Finn,ChesterE.,BorlandE.,KortlanCox,B.,&
LyonsR.
(2013,April).Raisingtheeducationceiling:
Wheredohighachievingstudentsfitineducationalreform?YaleSchoolofManagementLeadership
Conference,NewHaven,CT.

Lyons,R.
(2012,November).ApplyingtheSchoolwideEnrichmentModelattheRenzulliAcademy.National
AssociationforGiftedChildrenNationalConference,Denver,CO.

Lyons,R.
(2012,July).TheRenzulliAcademy:Howtoreplicateacultureofsuccessandopportunity.The
th
UniversityofConnecticuts35
AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

Lyons,R.
(2011,November).Thecreationofaschool:TheRenzulliAcademy.NationalAssociationfor
GiftedChildrenNationalConference,NewOrleans,LA.

Lyons,R.
&Helbling,J.(2011,November).Knowingyouradolescentreader:ApplyingSEMRinthemiddle
schoolclassroom
.
NationalAssociationforGiftedChildrenNationalConference,NewOrleans,LA.

Helbling,J.&
Lyons,R.
(2010,November).Knowingyouradolescentreader:ApplyingSEMRinthemiddle
schoolclassroom
.
NationalAssociationforGiftedChildrenNationalConference,Atlanta,GA.

Lyons,R.
(2011,August).Thecreationofaschool:TheRenzulliAcademy.TheWorldConferenceon
GiftedandTalentedEducation,Prague,CzechRepublic.

Lyons,R.
(2011,August).SelfregulationhabitsofUrbanYouth.TheWorldConferenceonGiftedand
TalentedEducation,Prague,CzechRepublic.

Lyons,R.
(2011,October).ApplyingtheSchoolwideEnrichmentModel:AnintroductiontotheEnrichment
TriadModel
.
PataiUdomSuksaSchool,Bangkok,Thailand.

Lyons,R.
(2011,October).ApplyingGiftedPedagogythroughCreativity.PataiUdomSuksaSchool,
Bangkok,Thailand.


Lyons,R.
(2011,July).Thecreationofaschool:TheRenzulliAcademy
.
TheUniversityofConnecticuts
th
34AnnualConfratute,Storrs,CT.

StateandRegional:
Lyons,R.
(2011,October).Thecreationofaschool:TheRenzulliAcademy.NewEnglandConferenceon
GiftedandTalentedEducation,Burlington,VT.

Lyons,R.
(2011,October).SelfregulationhabitsofUrbanYouth.NewEnglandConferenceonGiftedand
TalentedEducation,Burlington,VT.

Lyons,R.
(2010,October).ActionLab:TheRenzulliAcademy.NewEnglandConferenceonGiftedand
TalentedEducation,Hartford,CT.

Awards

HarryPassowClassroomTeacherScholarship,2010,NationalAssociationforGiftedChildren
AdministratoroftheYear,20112012,ConnecticutAssociationoftheGifted

Grants

2012Funded:SummerEnrichmentProgramGrant
Sponsor:
JackKentCooke
Awardee:
Renzulli,J.S.,
Lyons,R.
,&Muller,L.NeagCenterforGiftedEducationandTalent
Development,UniversityofConnecticut,Storrs,CT
Amount:
$750,000($250,00foreachsummer,threeyearfunding)

2014Funded:OpenChoiceCapitalGrant
Sponsor:
CTStateDepartmentofEducation
Awardee:
Lyons,R.RenzulliAcademyHartford,CT
Amount:
$75,000(tocompleteadedicatedlibraryspace)

Service

BoardMember(appointed),MaineSchoolofScienceandMathematics,October2014Present
NAGCTechTaskForceMember,NAGCComputersandTechnologyNetworkOctober2014
Present
BoardMember(appointed),ConnecticutAssociationfortheGifted,May2013August2014

ProfessionalAffiliations

MaineAssociationforGiftedandTalented(MEGAT)
ConnecticutAssociationfortheGifted(CAG)
NationalAssociationforGiftedChildren(NAGC)
MemberofSpecialSchoolsandProgramsNetwork,ComputersandTechnologyNetwork,
andCreativityNetwork
AssociationforSupervisionandCurriculumDevelopment(ASCD)