Resume / CV

Adam A. Provost

Based out of: Colchester, Vermont 05446

adamprovost44 [at] gmail [dot] com
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Online (full url listed)


Overview / Philosophy

I love to teach students and adults and work with them to explore how technology can be used to enhance creativity and innovate. 

Ideation, design, innovation, inspiring curiosity, building opportunities, and having fun are my foundations.


I am a master technology teacher in secondary, postsecondary, adult professional development and training. I’m a tenured leader and mentor in education, consulting, IT management, project management, collaboration and team building. I specialize in instructional design, program innovation and improvement, presenting and emcee work, and marketing and outreach / social media campaign development and analysis. I also specialize in facility and workspace design and renovation. 

Skill Summary : Years
  • Technology Teaching and Training, PD: 25 years
    • Master or Arts in Teaching with Technology, Marlboro Graduate School
    • Extensive experience in project based education, personalized learning in secondary, postsecondary / Adjunct Professor, and adult PD
  • Instructional Design: 14 years
  • Project Management and Leadership: 25 years
  • Marketing and Outreach: Branding, campaigns, web, social media: 10 years
  • Digital Design: 20 years
  • IT Management:  20 years
    • Software, hardware, infrastructure and help desk management, forecasting, bidding (RFP), budget management
  • Workspace, office, classroom, and facility planning, building, and renovation: 15 years

Digital Skills
  • Marketing and outreach in all major social media platforms
    • Social media management and analytics: HootSuite, Mailchimp, ROI and analytics: Google, Sprout, Facebook Insights, etc. SEO, CRM
  • Instructional Design: Course and curriculum development, management, cognitive development
    • Blue Printing, ADDIE, UbD, Universal Design, Backward Design, Kirkpatrick 1-4, D&C, Iterative: Rapid Prototyping, Spiral Curriculum, Design Thinking
  • LMS: Training, management, course design, teaching: Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard
  • Digital Art and Design: Adobe Creative Suite / Cloud, RISE, Camtasia
  • Video and Audio Content Production: iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Audacity, SoundCloud
  • Web Development: Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, SquareSpace, Drupal, Google Sites, HTML, CSS
  • Communication / workflow management: P2, Slack, MS Office / Office 365 and Sharepoint, G Suite (Google Apps)
  • CRM applications: design and implementation, modifications, strategies. 
  • OS: Mac, Windows, Linux. Mobile: iOS and Android
  • IT Infrastructure: Management of adult and students, Help Desk, training, planning, bidding (RFP), audits, routers, switches, servers, wireless
  • SIS: PowerSchool, Infinite Campus, SchoolMaster
  • Makerspace development, planning, utilization, interdisciplinary project development

More detailed information at: Presenting and Consulting Services
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Current Employers

Vermont Information Technology Association for Learning
Statewide professional and conference development in Vermont

Current: Board, ex-Officio: 8/2017 - Present
Marketing and Outreach, Web Development, Conference Development, Innovation Projects

President: 2011-2017
Lead organization and creative development.

Achievements
  • Increased conference attendance and customer satisfaction
  • Developed and implemented new marketing and outreach plan
  • Restructured the board to enhance productivity and creative teams
  • Connected organization and members to a larger audience

Adjunct Professor
Southern New Hampshire University: Field-Based Graduate Programs in Education and Marlboro Graduate School
2007 - Present

Project-based learning, project management, personalized learning plans, project based learning, constructivist pedagogical development, technology integration, PD
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Past Employment


Interim Director, Burlington Technical Center
Burlington School District
Burlington, VT
2016-2017

School Leadership: Management / oversight of 3 million dollar budget, office personnel, students, teaching staff, programs, hiring.

Build community partnerships and postsecondary connections.

Grant writing / oversight

Facility improvements: Classroom and facility renovation

Achievements


  • Led initiatives and teams to increase enrollment by 25% in one year
  • Restructured the main office team to enhance productivity and support for faculty
  • New program development: Pre-Tech, Programming and Computer Science, Health Science Academy
  • Developed and implemented new marketing and outreach plan / team
  • Grants landed: Perkins, state innovation and equipment grants
  • Nominated to lead the District k-12 Strategic Plan, and as a member on the Campus Renovation Leadership Team
  • Presented with rotating administrator peer award by District CFO for initiatives to restructure and make changes necessary to move the tech center forward
  • Recognition from Superintendent, book award, with inscription "Keep moving the cheese."

Technology Integration and Partnership for Change
Burlington School District
Burlington, VT
2013-2016

Instructional Design, Adult PD, Student Program / Course Development / Website Development, Project / Team Leadership

Achievements
  • Instructional Design: Canvas LMS implementation, training, course design
  • Hand selected to become Interim Director of Burlington Technical Center
  • Website renovation to promote eLearning and community support
  • Landed the CTE Makeover Challenge Grant: One of 10 Federal grants awarded Nationally
  • Amazon City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: Top 10 finish Nationally for the platform I developed to connect education, business, and the community called 'Open Project'
  • Leadership: facilitation of group meetings with Tech Integrators, Partnership for Change, and Tarrant Foundation

Teacher, Media and Performing Arts
Burr and Burton Academy
Manchester, Vermont
2005-2013

Full-time teacher: project based education, personalized learning plans

Head Baseball Coach, Varsity Baseball

Achievements

  • Founder of the rLab
  • Developed and taught four courses:

  1. Tech Research: Pioneering efforts in project-based education and personalized learning plans. Mentored over 1000 individual projects. Interdisciplinary integration: Math, Science, Writing, Digital Design, and Web Publishing and project specific skills: engineering, art, etc. Each project was archived for students to build on each others work across semesters and years. CRM management.
  2. eDesign: Digital Art and Web Publishing
  3. Social Networking, Senior Seminar: Understanding the modern social media landscape, developing an online presence, connecting with guest speakers and expertise.
  4. Hardware and Networking: Hardware, OS, networking. Rebuilt and distributed over 100 workstations to students and families in need

  • Awarded a Paid Sabbatical by Peers: Traveled to seven countries over six months to study what fosters and prohibits innovation in schools
  • Student for a Day Project, Student Produced Documentary Short: Teachers became students for a day. Republished / featured Nationally
  • Selected for NEASC Oversight Committee: Oversight of two committees and co-writer of final report, proofreading
  • Student Led Policy and Procedure Proposals: Opened up student and adult learning on campus and for other schools
  • Head Baseball Coach: Training, program and community development

District Network Services Coordinator
South Burlington School District
South Burlington, Vermont
1994-2005

Supervised workflow and coordinated IT support for all hardware, software, Help Desk, infrastructure and user support: 1100 computers, 3000+ users

Achievements
  • Created first integrated, credit bearing ‘Student Help Desk’ program in State of Vermont. Replicated by many other schools. Integrated students into IT support, training, and adult PD
  • Co-Developed centralized IT support structure replicated by numerous other schools and districts
  • Fault tolerance and scalability planning
  • Large scale project management: server, wireless, and LAN/WAN wiring and hardware
  • Founder of Cisco Regional Academy at SBHS, first in New England
  • Founder Statewide IT Support Conference: Conference organization and emcee for 7 years
  • Hosted and managed Statewide Listserv: School-IT (now hosted at UVM)
  • Extensive hardware, software, operating system, server / web OS, and infrastructure experience: HP, Cisco.

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Volunteer Work

VITA-Learn: Statewide Professional Development: 10 years

Statewide leadership for baseball coaches and events. Executive Director, President, Vice-President, Webmaster. Metro Baseball Web Project.

VTVLC Advisory Board: 2 years
Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative. Online learning, teaching, strategy.

Colchester Cannons American Legion Baseball: 14 Years
Assistant Coach, Advisory, Scouting
Winter workout program

Coaching Baseball, Community Service, State Leadership
Coaching baseball for over 28 years has informed a number of important strategies in team and community building, motivation, individual skill development, individual learning styles, project management, and big picture thinking. I've coached baseball at the High School, American Legion and Babe Ruth (youth ages 13-19) levels, led facility improvement projects at Champlain Valley Union High School and Burr and Burton Academy / Manchester Parks and Recreation, and been consistently active in state leadership to promote and organize the sport. Here's a page detailing my extensive coaching, and leadership work.

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Education
  • St Michael's CAGS Leadership Program: 3 courses to date: Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, School Law and Finance, School and Community
  • Master of Arts Teaching with Technology: Marlboro College Graduate School, VT. 3.98 GPA.
  • B.A. Union Institute and University: Educational Technology
  • University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Berklee College of Music: Boston, MA
  • Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, VT
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Awards / Recognition Summary
  • Hand selected to be Interim Director by peers at Burlington Technical Center
  • CTE Makeover Challenge Grant Award Winner: One of 10 Federal grants awarded Nationally
  • Amazon City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge: Top 10 finish Nationally for the platform I developed to connect education, business, and the community called 'Open Project'
  • Invited to MozFest, London, England by US-Ignite and Mozilla
  • Awarded paid sabbatical by peers in 2013: traveled to seven countries to study what fosters and prohibits innovation in education.
  • Student for a Day Project, Student Produced Documentary Short: Teachers became students for a day. Republished / featured Nationally

Conference Presentations (Recent)
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Publications (recent)

Websites: Developed / maintained / advisory (recent)
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Recommendations / Testimonials

Paul Irish
Executive Director, VITA-Learn
Technology Director, Burlington School District (Retired)
“Adam is an applicant whose path has been non-traditional. He has been highly successful and innovative, demonstrating excellent skills especially when it comes to transforming traditional educational systems and environments, including skills in leadership, communication, and marketing through all current forms of media.
   
Adam has a tremendous track record of innovation and building initiatives, including building enrollment through social media and marketing campaigns for the Burlington Tech Center and VITA-Learn’s statewide teacher professional development programs. Adam is deeply connected through multiple channels to Vermont schools, students, teachers, administration, and communities. Adam is hyper-connected on many levels in a robust professional learning community locally, in New England, across the Nation and even overseas. His vision and ability to define a mission, to rally people around it and implement these plans has paid huge dividends in Vermont. I will share three specific examples.
   
Over the last five years, Adam has worked in the most diverse high school in the most diverse district in the state. He has recognized needs specific to this community, advocated for solutions, collaborated with faculty and community members to meet the needs of the new American community, including our roughly 500 students AND their parents. One of Adam’s successes was to transform the technical center program so it better meets the needs of this group. Another area of collaboration and mobilizing resources is within the “Maker” movement, and the development of a pre-Tech and maker program at BTC. These program changes increased enrollment in BTC programs significantly. As part of this process Adam has been active in making connections with the Burlington Generator, the BTV Ignite program, and other technology leaders in the community, as well as winning several competitive grant awards for BTC in the process, including the National CTE Makeover Challenge.
   
Prior to that, at Burr and Burton Academy, he developed and implemented the rLab, a unique personalized learning program, which was later emulated at Winooski Jr. High and at the Mount Abraham Horizons program and other schools. This was a very popular program with students, and it was the most practical and successfully implemented model of personalized learning plans I have seen. He developed and implemented structures for student centered assessment for the programs as well as increasing student involvement and interest.
   
Over the past ten years Adam has been working at the state level, as a board director and then president of VITA-Learn, Vermont K-12 Educational Technology organization. Over that time Adam has been a driving force for the communication, marketing and outreach, program direction, and innovation of the organization. He continues to develop and support regional and state programs for educators and administrators, bringing them together to collaborate and discuss how to implement vision of learning, especially in the context of personalized learning, alternative pathways, and barriers to change. He connects with local, state, and national leaders in the educational arena, and brought in luminaries such as Chris Lehmann, Gary Stager, David Jakes, and Diana Laufenberg to help other Vermont educators join in transforming our schools. He also has numerous connections with other Vermont educational leaders, including those at the Agency of Education, the Vermont Principals Association, and the Regional Technology Centers.
   
One of the challenges facing us in Vermont is the rapid transition of technology, and the impact on systems, communications, and education for students of today and tomorrow. In the two decades I have known Adam, he has been in the forefront, with a vision focused on where we need to be in the future, and developing programs to move us there.”

Tracy Racicot
Principal, Burlington High School
Burlington, Vermont
“I have known Adam Provost since arriving in Burlington in the summer of 2015. I was the new Director of the Burlington Tech Center and he was a district Technology Integration Specialist. I quickly recognized what a tremendous asset Adam was to our team. His skills as a collaborator and critical friend were in large part what allowed the tech center to expand in new directions. His willingness to contribute as a partner with new ideas around program development is what launched the new Digital Media Lab, Pre-Tech Makerspace, Programming & Computer Science and resulted in the expansion of our Health Science Academy.
   
As changes were imminent at BTC with program development and relocation, Adam kept an eye on the plethora of “possibilities.” With his skill for school redesign and marketing, he was key in the design of an entire new look for the tech center. He was integral in the processes of creating logos, images, color schemes, videos, websites and more. All of these efforts were to breathe fresh air into a stagnant tech center. He was able to connect the tech center with outside vendors, businesses and consultants to provide fresh and relevant insight. He introduced new conferences in which we participated and organizations with whom we built relationships. I regularly consulted Adam as a colleague, thinker and educator as we redesigned programs and the image of the tech center.
   
He provided leadership to key marketing strategies and formed their direction. The development of formal marketing and outreach plans, procedures and systems supported our enrollment goals. We were able to increase enrollment by twenty-five percent. Adam always considers multiple audiences in his approach to marketing and development and regularly consults with students on just the “right” message. He knows how to get things accomplished and drives towards the goal with focus.
   
Given the opportunity, he will continue to lead in the direction of excellence. His dedication to his work is clear as he always goes above and beyond expectations.”


Daniel M. French, Ed.D.
School Leadership Coordinator, St Michael’s College
“I have known Adam for over fifteen years in his capacity as a statewide leader in educational technology and innovation. He is a very thoughtful leader with exceptional communication skills who would be a tremendous asset to any leadership team.

Adam has significant experience designing and implementing systems change in K-12 education. At Burr and Burton Academy, he led his department in shifting its programs towards being centered on project- based learning. This work had a significant impact on the school’s larger curriculum and how it positioned itself from a marketing perspective. Adam knows how to articulate a compelling vision for the future and how to inspire the necessary organizational machinery to respond to that vision; he gets things done on behalf of students. I believe his extensive experience in working directly with students and designing programs to respond to their needs would be helpful to any educational organization with planning for the future.

Adam has considerable experience working at the state level in Vermont. He understands Vermont communities and the needs of Vermont students. As president of VITA-Learn, Vermont’s premier leadership organization for integrating technology into K-12 education, Adam had a significant impact on the state’s capacity to address the challenge and promise of technology in K-12 education. He was very successful at building relationships with partner organizations such as the Tarrant Foundation, the Rowland Foundation, Champlain College, and Marlboro College, allowing VITA-Learn to grow into a vibrant statewide organization. He brings an elaborate network of professional connections in K-12 education and higher education to his work.

In short, I have no reservations whatsoever in giving Adam Provost my highest recommendation. He has strong leadership abilities, exemplary communication skills, and an appreciation of the Vermont context that together would make him a very successful leader in any educational organization fortunate enough to hire him.”

Jay Nichols
Executive Director, Vermont Principals Association
Montpelier, Vermont
“Adam has been a colleague and friend of mine since we first worked together in the South Burlington School District near the beginning of this century. I was principal of the Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School and Adam was in charge of the District Network Services for the school district. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the technology network systems under Adam’s leadership. I’ve never been anywhere before or since that ran as seamless. He is a systems-thinker who knows how to look at a problem from the macro level while still managing to make sure the small details are addressed as well.

Adam has had a wealth of leadership and high level experiences that make him a sought after candidate in a variety of fields. As a fervent supporter of education, it is my hope that he will continue to work in that vocation. At the Vermont Principals’ Association, we consider Adam an advocate for children especially around areas of innovation, personalized learning, and creativity. I personally believe there are only two kinds of organizations: those that are improving and those that are not. However, if you have an organization that you are satisfied with and you are not interested in growing or improving, I would not hire Adam Provost. He is a disruptive innovator - he will challenge the status quo, he will think differently, he will ask why, all with the goal of moving closer and closer to the ideal mission of the organization for whom he is working.”

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