About Brady Cline

brady-portrait-webcropBrady Cline has been an international educator for over 12 years. He holds various qualifications and has taught in seven countries in a variety of positions in high school and elementary. Before becoming a teacher, Brady worked as a project manager for a dot-com.

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Graduate certificate in School Administration and Supervision Johns Hopkins University, 2010 In collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Master of Education University of La Verne, 2009 Special Emphasis in Advanced Teaching

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential University of La Verne, 2001 Cross-cultural, Language & Academic Development Emphasis

Bachelor of Science John Brown University, 1996 Major in Psychology; Minor in Journalism

Biography

Brady began learning through technology at an early age. By the time he entered university, he was using his Mac to compose and record music, build simple websites, and design with professional desktop publishing and graphics tools.  After university, he began working for an internet company in California during the dot-com era. There, he quickly rose from web-designer to project manager assisting with international technical sales.

In 1999, he took what was meant to be just a short break. He moved to Honduras to teach 6th grade at the suggestion of a friend. His personal laptop was the only one in the elementary school, and he immediately began putting it to use in his classroom. Within a few months, he was collaborating with the head of school on a new website and database project. By the end of the year, Brady was hooked on teaching and decided to return to California to earn a teaching qualification and masters in education.

Since then, Brady has taught in seven countries at almost every grade level. At each school, he has worked closely with senior leadership to develop a clear school vision for technology and to lead pedagogical change. In 2010, Brady completed an administrative certificate from top-ranked Johns Hopkins University and ISTE.

In 2011, Brady joined the New International School of Thailand, one of the most renowned IB World Schools in the region. As the ICT Coordinator there, he transformed the ICT teacher roles into coaching roles, conducted iPad trials and successfully implemented one of the first large-scale 1:1 iPad programs in an international school. In 2013, Brady joined the Senior Leadership Team as the Vice Principal of Academic Operations. This K-12 role had wide-ranging responsibilities similar to a deputy head. He also oversaw all PD programs, and led the decision to transition the high school to Macs from a well-established 1:1 tablet PC program.

In 2014, Brady took advantage of a unique opportunity to serve as the founding ICT Coordinator at GEMS World Academy – Singapore. GEMS is a global organization with 100s of schools, but Singapore is their only Mac school. There, Brady designed an IT department focused on meeting the needs of learners. As his role quickly expanded, he transitioned to Learning Innovation Coordinator with responsibilities for designing new learning spaces, writing curriculum and leading in-house PD.  In his spare time, he teaches MYP design in a 2:1 environment (Mac+iPad). As a teacher and learner, he is currently most excited about building schools around the Connected Learning framework and leveraging design thinking for students and organizations.

 

Professional Background

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Leadership

Successful leadership requires vision and an understanding of how to pursue that vision . It also requires courage and a commitment to 21-century learning. As a school leader, I have proven myself as someone who understands how to build dynamic learning communities and inspire others with high standards, trust, and a shared vision of the future.

I left a leadership position in the tech industry fourteen years ago for a career in education. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience to return to leadership, and I have received much enthusiastic encouragement from peers and leaders to continue in the path toward higher levels of leadership. I have recently completed an administrative certificate from Johns Hopkins University and currently work in a whole school position as the Vice Principal of Academic Operations at NIST in Bangkok.

For more insight into my educational philosophy and successful leadership experiences, click here.

Technology

As school leaders work to create and support a shared school vision, there should be special attention to the power of technology to help fulfill that vision. Educational leaders must recognize the ubiquity of technology in modern society and the opportunities to improve student learning across the curriculum through the application of new technologies. I am very proud of my recent work transforming teaching and learning through technology.  I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Apple as an ADE collaborating with other school leaders and exploring transformative new tools such as interactive iBooks (see one I created recently). four years ago, I conducted an iPad pilot, which resulted in a wildly successful new 1:1 iPad program in our elementary school.  I followed this by leading our transition from PCs to Mac in the secondary.  Through this work, I have led the successful adoption of Google Apps to improve student learning and streamline administrative workflows.  I’m currently excited about how schools can begin to strategically connect curriculum, technology and data  to guide new practices and improve learning.

I studied graphic design in university and put these skills to use as a graphic designer and web-developer in the late 90’s. These skills have served as a foundation for much of the educational technology projects that I have been involved with since that time. Some of these include: creating an online teacher recruiting database , graphic design for admissions offices, teaching technology electives such as digital music production, creating yearbooks and other school publications, helping teachers create class websites, designing report cards, and designing a new school intranet based on Google Apps.

Teaching

I have had the opportunity to teach a wide range of grades and subjects: Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10. I believe this gives me a strong perspective on the development of children and the institutional requirements to support them throughout all their school years. Recently, as a PYP and MYP teacher, I sought to develop transdisciplinary skills through an inquiry-based model. I believe that this can be done without sacrificing high standards of objectively measured achievement, and I have spent the last several years working in my classroom, with curriculum coordinators and with other teachers in my department to develop objective assessments linked to curricular benchmarks. Technology has provided the perfect platform to pursue these goals.

In addition to high standards and inquiry-based learning, I am committed to creating a 21-century learning environment that prepares students for the world and jobs of the future. My fifth-grade students blogged daily and regularly created multimedia projects. Student work was submitted, assessed, and shared with parents through Google Apps. As an ICT coach, I had the opportunity to help large groups of students and teachers explore new ways to engage with ideas and each other. The EleICT blog is a great place to see some examples of my work with students and with teachers. I love technology, but I prefer not to be painted with the technology brush; I’m an educator with a passion for exploring new ways to engage students as they develop into .

Personal Background

I was born and raised in California. He spent much of his youth in the mountains outside of San Diego, biking forest trails after school and surfing on the weekends. My brother and I took an early interest in technology, saving our money to buy a Tandy-1000 to replace our aging Vic-20. I started recording electronic music with my Mac.  My love for music production has continued to this day, and I’ve had the opportunity to design my own home recording studio and work in a professional recording studio, and produce music for others. In the early 90’s and chose to minor in art as an excuse to work creatively with computers. I couldn’t hack the drawing classes, so I switched to journalism so I could continue my new-found love of graphic design and photography. After university, I took a temp job filling in for a secretaryat a dot-com start-up. The CEO took notice of a presentation I put together for him, and he offered me a job as a graphic and web designer. A year later, I was managing the department and traveling internationally for business. In a strange twist, for reasons hardly remembered, I decided to take a break from the corporate world and teach sixth grade for a year in Honduras. I returned to California changed. I went back to teachers’ college and started teaching in east Hollywood. Twelve years later, I have taught in six countries at almost every grade-level from K-12.

What’s in a Name?

I went back and forth with the idea of having two separate websites, one with my name as domain and one as my blog. Although many people I greatly respect have opted for two separate sites, I’ve chosen to keep it simple for now. That said, the ed-tech blog is named “Incredibly Near.” (incrediblynear.com resolves to bradycline.com)  Why this name? First, because I believe we are incredibly near to some amazing breakthroughs in education. Second, because it is an anagram for my full name, Brady Erin Cline.  And in case you were thinking it — no, “Erin” is not just a girl’s name (in Ireland).