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JAMES SHELDON

http://www.jamessheldon.com


SPECIAL EDUCATION & MATHEMATICS TEACHER, K-12

Curriculum Design | Dialogue and Process Facilitation | Teacher as Facilitator

Content Area Reading | Mathematical Problem Solving | Case Management | Education Policy

Special Education and Mathematics Teacher with six years of experience working in public schools. Passion for working with students with disabilities and other low-performing students on skills in mathematical problem solving and content area reading. Training and experience in educational policy analysis and case management.

EDUCATION

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

  • MA Degree, Special Education (Completed and Posted, June 2014)
  • Designed and field-tested a curriculum for training mathematics teachers about using problem-solving instruction with students with mathematics learning disabilities
  • Clear Teaching Credential, Special Education, Mild-to-Moderate Disabilities (Completed and Issued by State)
  • MA Degree, Equity and Social Justice in Education
  • Conceptualized and implemented a year-long interview-based research project on LGBT teachers’ activism

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ

  • BA Degree, Computer Science Teaching
  • Designed and carried out an ethnographic research project about the integration of ethics into the Computer Science curriculum

EXPERIENCE

THE HEART OF MATHEMATICS

Faciliator

  • Designed and taught a 5 week no experience required course for adults on mathematical foundations and discrete math.  Topics included: counting, modular arithmetic, problem-solving, facilitation skills, and infinity.

JAPANESE COMMUNITY YOUTH COUNCIL UPWARD BOUND 06 / 2013 – 07 / 2013

Math Teacher

  • Conceptualized and designed a custom 6-week problem-solving based curriculum in Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus for working class high school students of color

DENMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL02 / 2013 – 05 / 2013

Student Teaching

  • Taught a mathematics class for 6th grade students with disabilities
  • Assisted teachers in English, Social Studies, and Science in creating a classroom for students with disabilities

TILDEN PREPARATORY 06 / 2012 – 08 / 2012

Mathematics Instructor

  • Advised and mentored struggling students in AP Statistics, AP Calculus, Algebra 2, and Linear Algebra as teacher of record.  

COLLABORATIVE CODING COMMONS, LLC 09 / 2010 – Present

Co-Owner

  • Coordinated programming, policy, and strategic planning for a worker owned cooperative programming business that designed and implemented interactive storybooks for children.

SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 09 / 2007 – 05 / 2012

Special Education Paraprofessional

  • Work one-on-one and in groups with children with disabilities in a large urban district with a high ELL population.

DENMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 06 / 2010 – 06 / 2010

Extended School Year Instructor

  • Designed and offered a curriculum to students with autism
  • Coordinated a team of four paraprofessionals and one undergraduate intern
  • Communicated with parents through weekly home notes and phone calls

SHELDON COMPUTER CONSULTING 06 / 2002 – 09 / 2003

Computer Technician and Computer Tutor

  • Troubleshooted and repaired computers for clients from a variety of backgrounds
  • Tutored elderly clients in introductory computer skills

LARGEIMAGE.COM 06 / 2002 – Present

Webmaster

  • Configured and maintained a website for the posting of image files

Blockbuster Video 06 / 2002 – 08/2003

Customer Service Representative / Information & Referral

  • Greeted people at the door
  • Helped them find information they were looking for
  • Attended and participated in regional conference calls about marketing strategies
  • Offered product recommendations to clients

ORGANIZATIONS

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF MATHEMATICS TEACHER EDUCATORS06 / 2012 – Present

Member, Advocacy Committee

  • Served on a statewide committee of teacher educators that prepares policy proposals on mathematics education to the State of California

SNOWDRIFT.COOP 05 / 2013 – Present

Steering Committee Member

  • Served on the Steering Committee for a startup nonprofit that focuses on funding the creation of free open educational resources and other free works
  • Investigated legal and policy issues for the organization
  • Improved internal process and procedure
  • Drafted bylaws and other governing documents

CALIFORNIA TEACHERS ASSOCIATION 05 / 2005 – 05/2007

Member, Special Education Legislation Committee

  • Analyzed legislation and drafted statewide policy on RTI and IDEA 2004

AWARDS

  • Sally Cassanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship, California State University
  • Alyssa McCrowsky Memorial Scholarship, California Association on Postsecondary Education and Disability
  • Graduate Equity Fellowship, San Francisco State University
  • Grand Prize Essay Contest Winner, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

HOBBIES AND INTERESTS

  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture Studies
  • Theology

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