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JOAN CUNDIFF

395 NE Brookridge Ct Waukee, IA 50263 · 515-867-4782


Joan.cundiff@dmschools.org www.linkedin.com/in/joan-cundiff-030872163

Objective: As an administrator, I will engage with educational systems, equity, culturally inclusive
instruction, and instructional coaching to increase student academic achievement.

EXPERIENCE
AUGUST 2014 – CURRENT
INSTRUCTIONAL COACH, ROOSEVELT DES MOINES, IA
 Collaborate with teachers to develop unit plans, lesson plans, and activities that align to
the standards.
 Design and facilitate professional development:
o Around rigorous tasks, knowledge utilization, SRG, MTSS, culturally inclusive
practices, data and student achievement, and integrated student voice into
professional development.
o In multiple settings (formal, informal, large group, small group) and structures
(whole staff, SLT, Tier 1, hands on, conversations, lunch and learns)
 Facilitate teacher reflection and decision-making using student evidence and formative
assessment data.
 Work with professional learning communities to collaboratively unpack standards,
backwards design units, score/evaluate student work, disaggregate data to show trends
for student achievement (success, growth, etc).

TIER 1 TEAM CO-LEAD, ROOSEVELT DES MOINES, IA


 Facilitate Tier 1 Team in the revision of school behavior plan with a focus on academics,
equity, and restorative practices.
 Lead meetings, engaged in a book study with the team, seek feedback from multiple
stakeholders (staff, students, and families).
 Design and facilitate professional development for staff focusing on teaching student
behavior, implicit bias around behavior, student expectations, and our behavior
expectations (capacity building for restorative practices professional development).

MTSS COMMITTEE, ROOSEVELT DES MOINES, IA


 Helped to develop a handbook for PLCs that shows how MTSS aligns to current planning
and how it aligns to other district initiatives.
 Designed and delivered professional development regarding protocols and procedures
for MTSS at Roosevelt.
 Supported MTSS structures in PLCs, hallways, and entryways.
ENGLISH TEACHER, ROOSEVELT DES MOINES, IA
 Collaborated with English teachers for projects, ideas, and lessons as a part of a
Professional Learning Community
 Disaggregated data looking for trends in learning and options for differentiation, created
and enhanced common formative assessments, developed and shared teaching
strategies, created differentiated tasks
 Created unique and engaging tasks and assessments utilizing student voice and choice.
 Continued education through professional development opportunities offered both in
and outside of the district.

AUGUST 2013 – MAY 2014


ENGLISH TEACHER, LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL DES MOINES, IA
 Collaborated with English teachers for projects, ideas, and lessons as a part of a
Professional Learning Community.
 Disaggregated data for differentiation, created and enhanced common formative
assessments, developed and shared teaching strategies.
 Created a successful curriculum for Power English that helped over 50% of Power
students to attain major increases in reading levels.
 Communicated and built a positive rapport with students, teachers, staff, and
administration.

AUGUST 2005 – MAY 2011


ENGLISH TEACHER, NORTH HIGH SCHOOL BAKERSFIELD, CA
 Collaborated with English teachers for projects, ideas, and lessons as a part of (and
leader of) a Professional Learning Community.
 Collaborated with teachers across the curriculum as part of a Small Learning Community
where we identified at-risk students, provided support network for students and
parents, created cross-curricular projects.
 Created a two week intensive test preparation booklet for the California State Test, based
on grade level standards, for all ninth grade English teachers to follow.
 Established Literature Circles for 9th grade students.
 Attended and participated in Reading Institute for Academic Preparation and Expository
Reading and Writing (RIAP) Course/curriculum.

EDUCATION
EXPECTED COMPLETION: MAY 2019
SPECIALIST EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, DRAKE UNIVERSITY

DECEMBER 2017
MASTER’S IN SCIENCE EDUCATION: CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE EDUCATION,
DRAKE UNIVERSITY
AUGUST 2005
BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION, DRAKE UNIVERSITY
SKILLS
 Dedicated to Equity  Effective Communicator
 Values Multiple Perspectives  Collaborative