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Welcome to my personal blog, creativeStir. I toss up thoughts here about learning, life, technology, creativity, collaboration, and innovation. My sincere wish is that it's as thought provoking or helpful in some way for you as it is for me.

This is a personal blog. Thoughts here are my own.

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Adam

Short Bio


Adam Provost received his Masters in Education in Teaching with Technology from Marlboro College in 2012. Through 25 years working as an innovator in technology education and IT as a Teacher and Leader, Marketing and Outreach Campaign Builder, Graphic Designer, Facility and Classroom Renovation Planning, and Creative Project Manager, Adam has been an advocate for learners, teachers, and community development across the country. Adam is an Adjunct Professor at Marlboro and in Southern New Hampshire University’s Field-Based Graduate Program where he mentors teachers in using technology to innovate and collaborate, in personalized learning plan development, and online and blended learning strategies. Adam frequently presents at universities, professional development opportunities, businesses, and conferences, sharing his passion for topics like education innovation, collaboration, ideation strategies, school redesign, marketing and outreach, and mentorship.


Longer Bio

Adam just finished a project as Interim Director at Burlington Technical Center in Burlington, Vermont. During this time Adam led efforts and teams to develop and implement a new marketing and outreach plan, restructured the main office team, added three new programs, and helped lead facility renovations. All these efforts resulted in a 25% increase in enrollment in one year.

Adam served as President of VITA-Learn for six years, an organization that leads innovative education professional development in Vermont. He led efforts to restructure the organization and the board, overhauled two major conferences, and designed and implemented a new marketing and outreach plan. Both conferences, VT Fest, and Dynamic Landscapes have hit new heights in customer satisfaction and attendance. Both conferences now feature innovative workshop formats, a nationally recognized panel of presenters, and Dynamic Landscapes featured student keynote speakers for the first time in Vermont education conference history. He moves now to an ex-Officio position to continue working on innovative projects. VITA-Learn is an affiliate of New England ISTE.

From 2013 - 2016 in the role of Technology Integration and Partnership for Change, a Nellie Mae Grant, Adam helped mentor teachers to inform effective teaching practice, authored and was awarded the CTE Makeover Challenge Innovation Grant (one of 10 recipients Nationally) to build an interdisciplinary makerspace, mentored facility renovation projects, built teacher professional development opportunities, and mentored many other initiatives. He also placed fourth in the 2014 Amazon City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge for the development of 'Open Project,' and was invited by US-IGNITE and Mozilla to attend #MozFest in London, England to continue to explore further development. Work on this project continues today.

Prior to coming to Burlington he founded the innovative and groundbreaking 'rLab' at Burton Academy for 9 years. Students explored personalized learning plans in over 1000 areas of study while incorporating interdisciplinary skills in math, science, humanities, writing, digital design, web development and connected with over 3000 community mentors throughout the world. Each project, development through final product, was archived for future students to use and build upon. Students also developed proposals for change to policy and procedure to open up student learning. The Student for a Day project, where teachers became students for a day, was a smash success. The project was highlighted in many education blogs and journals across the countryWord about the innovative class structure spread and the rLab hosted many visitors and helped open up new programs around the State in project-based and student topic choice education including the Winooski iLab, Mt Abraham Horizons program, and Vermont Act 77 Flexible Pathways legislation.

Adam was awarded a sabbatical by peers to travel to 7 countries and explore what fosters and prohibits innovation in schools. He wrote stories for Edutopia (articles to date) during those travels and is currently working on a book.

Before going to Burr and Burton he traveled the path from Network Technical, Network Administrator, to Technology Coordinator at South Burlington School District in Vermont. He founded and emceed a Statewide technology conference for IT professionals for seven years, brought the Cisco Regional Networking Academy to the high school, helped build a new centralized IT support structure that was replicated in many schools throughout Vermont, and created a Student Help Desk program that helped conjure many similar initiatives throughout the State. He also mentored students in that program to develop the Metro Baseball Web Project, the first high school league sports program in the United States.

Adam has coached youth baseball in Vermont and spearheaded program development in two communities, and served in multiple State leadership roles. Details on that work are listed here.


Affiliations
643DP Foundation, Executive Director
Advisory Board, VTVLC: Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
Writer for Edutopia (articles to date)

Social Media
Twitter: @batman44

Education
"Keep moving forward..."

More formally...
  • CAGS Program at St. Michael's College (3 courses to date)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Technology, Marlboro Graduate School, magna cum laude.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Educational Technology, Union Institute, and University
  • University of Vermont
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Lyndon State College

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