Award-winning educator Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, who teaches the PostDoc Masterclass at University of Cambridge (as lecturer), has a Ph.D. in Education featuring a specialization in School Improvement Leadership. She is an active member of Mensa (volunteering as assistant coordinator of Orange County Mensa’s Gifted Youth Program) and many educational organizations, particularly within the areas of data, assessment, and technology. Dr. Rankin began her career in higher education, where she oversaw a university’s Visual Arts and Information Technology Departments. She left that role for her rewarding career in K-12 public education. After many years as a junior high school English teacher and teacher on special assignment (TOSA), she became a junior high school assistant principal. She later served as a district administrator overseeing assessment and data use for a 35,000-student school district. Dr. Rankin eventually became Chief Education & Research Officer (CERO) for Illuminate Education, an educational technology data systems company, where she was able to impact data use at hundreds of school districts across the U.S.
Dr. Rankin’s books relate to education, particularly education data, educational technology, teacher burnout, and giftedness. Her papers and articles on her data-related research have appeared in such publications as CCNews: Newsletter of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), EdCircuit, Ed-Fi Alliance Blog, EdSurge (funded by The Washington Post), EdTech Review, Edtech Women, Edukwest, Education Week, eSchoolNews, Fractus Learning; GALA Journal: A Journal of the Gender in Literacy and Life Assembly, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) EdTechHub, Los Angeles Times, Mensa Bulletin: The Magazine of American Mensa, Mensa Oracle, MiddleWeb; OnCUE: Journal of Computer Using Educators (CUE), Psychology Today, Showbie, TIBCO, Universal Journal of Educational Research, and The Women in Literacy and Life Assembly (WILLA) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Journal. Dr. Rankin’s work has also appeared in many peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Dr. Rankin presented a TED Talk at TEDxTUM and presents annually at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) STATS-DC Conference and American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. She has presented in 6 countries, including additional presentations at the Africa New Day Giftedness Conference (Keynote); Africa New Day Teacher Burnout Conference (Keynote); ACSD Conference on Teaching Excellence; ASCD Empower17 Conference; California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) Conference; California Educational Research Association (CERA) Conferences; Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education; Classroom 2.0’s Learning 2.0 Conference; Connect: Canada's National Learning and Technology Conference; Global Learn Conference in Berlin, Germany; International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) Conference; GATE Collaborative (Keynote); Jaspersoft Webinar; K-12 Online Conference; KIPP LA Innovation Day (Keynote); Learning Revolution Conference; Leadership Innovation Event at Montfort College, Chang Mai, Thailand; Mensa Annual Gathering (U.S.); Mensa Speakers Forum (Invited/Featured Speaker); National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention (Invited/Featured Speaker); National College Access Network (NCAN) Common Measures Learning Community (CMLC) Webinar (Invited/Featured Speaker); National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Annual Meeting; National Science Foundation (NSF) STEM INCLUDES Conference (Keynote Panel); OC Mensa Speakers Forum; Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) Annual Conference (Keynote); Orange County Council for Gifted and Talented Education (OCC GATE) Annual Conference (Keynote); OCC GATE Parent Nights (Invited/Featured Speaker); O'Reilly Media; OZeLIVE! Australia: Ed Tech Down Under Conference; Rocket Ready Day (Keynote); Schoolzilla Data Champion Summit (Invited/Featured Speaker); Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) Conference; Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) School Leadership Summit; University of California, Irvine (UCI) Digital Learning Lab; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) Conference; Wonder Women Tech Conference; and others.
Winning Teacher of the Year was a favorite honor, as was having the U.S. flag flown over the United States Capitol at the request of the Honorable Christopher Cox, U.S. Representative, in recognition of Dr. Rankin’s dedication to her students. Her recent awards include the #EduWin Award, EdTech’s 2014 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs List, finalist for EdTech Digest’s Trendsetter Award, SIGNL Award for Twitter Followers Momentum, and Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) Academic Expert. Her research website is also included on MIT’s concise List of EdTech Blogs and Sites.
Dr. Rankin has served as judge for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education’s prestigious Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition and the California Student Media Festival (CSMF) sponsored by PBS SoCAL, Computer Using Educators (CUE), and Discovery Education. Dr. Rankin was also paid to examine alignment issues related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) summative assessments as part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Alignment Study, and she also served on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Panel for Achievement Level Setting.
Dr. Rankin contributes to ongoing studies (such as for Yale University) and has served on research committees for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), and the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). She also served on the Panel of Experts and the Advisory Board for the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report: 2015 K12 Edition, honored with a special listing and acknowledgment in the report. Dr. Rankin also served as reviewer for the Handbook of Research on Innovations in Information Retrieval, Analysis, and Management from IGI Global and is an expert reviewer (reviewing for the journal Educational Researcher and on award panels) for the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She regularly shares new research related to OTCD at www.overthecounterdata.com and https://twitter.com/OTCData (Twitter handle @OTCData). The OTCD Standards for improved education data reporting, which are featured on this website, were created by Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin.
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