Blended & Personalized Learning; Educational Technology;
Social Media for Educators; Design Thinking & Innovation
Personalized Professional Learning Program Manager
Denver Public Schools
Jessica is a Personalized Professional Learning Program Manager for Denver Public Schools, organizer of the #BFC530 education chat on Twitter, a Colorado Google Educator Group (GEG) Leader, and a founding member of the #edcampDenver planning team. She has a Master’s in Educational Psychology from University of Colorado Denver and a Bachelor’s in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. Jessica has taught in a variety of urban and suburban settings at STEM, highly gifted and talented, and arts-integrated schools in Colorado. Her classrooms have ranged from limited to no technology up to 1:1 and BYOD GAFE environments utilizing a number of different platforms and devices.
As a former IT Manager, Jessica enjoys sharing her love of authentic technology use with students and adults around the country. She has organized multiple district and statewide professional development events and facilitates sessions on a variety of topics at the district, state, and national levels. She is passionate about creating experiences that meet the needs of all learners and inspiring them to take ownership of their journey. She loves to think, learn, share, and get excited about all things edu-awesome. Jessica is passionate about helping others in any way she can, especially by supporting meaningful connections within a passionate PLN.
Celebrations of Jessica’s Work
Started in August 2014, The Breakfast Club – #BFC530 – is a 15 minute, 1 question Twitter chat during the school year. We chat in 4 timezones Monday – Friday – 5:30am Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific Times. The mission of BFC is to empower participants to make a difference in education by engaging in consistent reflective practice in a supportive community that inspires and challenges one another.
Numerous collaborations, communities, friendships, and educational experiences have been formed through educators connecting in the #BFC530 community. Some of these include:
- #BFC630NZ weekday Twitter chat in New Zealand (Kerri Thompson – Hastings, NZ)
- #AfricaEd (Ryan Harwood – Accra, Ghana)
- #PodcastPD (Stacey Lindes – New Jersey)
- #EdBeat & #CelebrateMonday (Sean Gaillard – North Carolina & Natalie Krayenvenger – Maryland)
In 2015 #BFC530 was a Bammy Awards Finalist in the Twitter Chat Community category
Publications & Shoutouts
“The session The Passionate PLN by Jessica Raleigh (@TyrnaD), was a very informative, hands-on experience that introduced Twitter to everyone as a way to connect and make a difference. One highlight from Jessica’s session was learning how to connect with The Breakfast Club (@BFC530) on Twitter and use the hashtag #BFC530 to participate and ask questions during a Twitter chat. If you are looking to build your PLN and connect with others, you can check out this group every weekday morning at 5:30 a.m. ET.”
“Ben Wilkoff (@bhwilkoff), Jessica Raleigh (@tyrnad) and Brandon Petersen (@den_petersen) from Denver had a nice talk about ways to support the use of video in the classroom as a reflective tool for students, teachers, and coaches. Format was excellent and bringing three people helped to make the hands-on nature efficient.”
“Twitter chats open up new PD possibilities, said Jessica Raleigh… I think it’s really powerful to have someone asking questions and forcing you to think about your own practice. That’s PD at its best,” she said.
Personalized Professional Learning
Visit the Denver Public Schools PPL website to see more of the work Jessica and her teammates created over the past 3 years.