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EDUCATION

  • 2010 Ed.D. Educational Leadership, California State University, Fresno Dissertation Topic: A Comparative Study Between Online Charter High Schools and Traditional High Schools in California
    1997 Library Media Teacher Credential, Fresno Pacific University
    1986 M.A. Educational Administration and Supervision, San Jose State University
    1986 Administrative Services Credential, San Jose State University
    1978 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, University of California, Riverside
    1978 B.A. Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • 1974 Graduate, Harbor High School, Santa Cruz City Schools

COMPUTER/WEB PROFICIENCIES
  • Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • Web Page Design
  • Online Electronic Databases
  • Blackboard
  • Moodle
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Podcasts

EMPLOYMENT RECORD

2011 – present FOUNDER, Online Learning VISIONS
Providing strategic online course solutions for all students

2009 – 2011 PRINCIPAL, CLOVIS ONLINE CHARTER SCHOOL. Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, Ca.
  • Wrote charter and developed full time online charter school (Grades 9-12)
  • Use of open educational resources content, Moodle, and wikis

2006-2009 COORDINATOR, LIBRARY SERVICES, Clovis Unified School District

2002-2009 PROJECT DIRECTOR, Teaching American History Grant

2000-2006 COORDINATOR, CAL ONLINE Virtual High School (Part time students)
Clovis Unified School District, Clovis, CA
  • Researched and implemented virtual high school program
  • Recruited and trained teachers and students
  • Use of Moodle, Blackboard and Jones Knowledge online systems

2003-2005 PROJECT DIRECTOR, Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant

1998-2004 ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER, Library Media Credential Program,
Fresno Pacific University (Course: Integration of technology in libraries)

1995- 2000 LIBRARY MEDIA TEACHER, MENTOR TEACHER. Alta Sierra Intermediate (7-8), Clovis Unified School District

California State Distinguished School, 1996, 2001


1993-1995 TEACHER, MENTOR TEACHER, MIGRANT EDUCATION TEACHER
Alta Sierra Intermediate School (7-8), Clovis Unified School District
Eighth Grade History and Language Arts.

1991-1993 TEACHER, MENTOR TEACHER, MIGRANT EDUCATION TEACHER
Kastner Intermediate School (Grades 7-8), Clovis Unified School District
Eighth Grade History and Language Arts. National Blue Ribbon School, 1993

1987-1991 TEACHER, MENTOR TEACHER, Fort Washington Elementary School (K-6) Clovis Unified School District, National Blue Ribbon School, 1991. Fifth grade.

1986-1987 ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, Kerman-Floyd Elementary School (K-5)
Kerman Unified School District, Kerman, Ca.

1981-1986 TEACHER, Spring Grove Elementary School (K-8)
North County School District, Hollister, Ca. Fifth, sixth and Kindergarten.

1979-1981 TEACHER, Orrenmaa Elementary School (K-5), Alvord School District, Riverside, Ca. Kindergarten, Second and Third Grade.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

  • 1993-2007. History Day Coach – Alta Sierra Intermediate and Buchanan High School (Coached state and national winning history day projects each year)
  • 1998-present. Consultant, Big6 Associate (Present day long trainings about the use of the Big6, a framework for information literacy, in California)
  • 1998-2005. California Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Support Provider
  • 2003-2004 Trainer, Infopeople. (Provided day long trainings for librarians throughout California regarding information literacy and use of technology)
  • 2002 Consultant, California Digital Library, University of California. (Organized three-day leadership training)
  • 2001 PT3 Grant Technology Support Provider, Fresno Pacific University.
  • 2001 Consultant, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento, CA. (Technology and electronic portfolio training)
  • 2000 Chair, California School Library Association Conference. San Jose, CA (attended by 2000 participants)
  • 1996, 2002 Consultant, California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) (Workshops on information literacy and searching the World Wide Web)
  • 1995-2000 Webmaster, California School Library Association
  • 1995-2000 Webmaster, Alta Sierra Intermediate School, Clovis Unified
  • 1989-1994 Master Teacher (training student teachers), California State University, Fresno
  • 1993-1995 Migrant Education Summer School Teacher, grades 6-8, Clovis Unified
  • 1989-1992 Demonstration Summer School Teacher, Fifth Grade, Clovis Unified
  • 1985-1986 Principal, Migrant Education Summer School, Spring Grove Elementary School, Hollister, CA

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Co-Chair, Computer Using Educators E-Learning Significant Interest Group
  • Co-Chair, Internal Affairs, California Consortium of Virtual Educators
  • Vice President, Educational Technology, California School Library Association
  • North American Council for Online Learning
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Computer Using Educators (CUE), California
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • 2010 Phi Kappa Phi
  • 2000 California State History Day Teacher of Merit Award
  • 2000 Clovis Unified Teacher of the Year Finalist
  • 2000 Alta Sierra Intermediate Educator of Merit Award
  • 1999 Fresno County Office of Education Outstanding Library Media Teacher Award
  • 1999 California School Library Association Technology Award
  • 1998 Fresno Pacific University Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • 1988 Golden Key Award, 5th Grade Team, Fort Washington Elementary, Clovis Unified
  • 1988 Third Place Class Award, American Lung Association,
  • Fort Washington Elementary, Clovis Unified
  • 1983 Coach’s Award, Spring Grove School, Hollister, California. St. Mary’s Volleyball Tournament, Gilroy

GRANTS WRITTEN AND RECEIVED

2008 California Charter School Start Up Grant ($250,000, three years)
2008 California SB 70 Distance Learning Grant ($150,000, two years).
2008 Federal Teaching American History Grant ($3.32 million, five years)
  • Partnership with California State University, Fresno history department including MA degree, academic courses, colloquia, seminars and study trips.
2005 Federal Teaching American History Grant ($1.78 million, three years)
  • Wrote grant, organized and provided professional development for teachers of history including MA program with California State University, Fresno history department, quarterly two-day colloquia, monthly seminars and yearly study trip.
2004 California Department of Education AB294 Online School Pilot
  • One of eleven California districts chosen. Identified online school measures for state.
2003 Federal Enhancing Education Through Technology Grant ($1.4 million, three years)
  • Supervised teacher leaders to provide one on one technology professional development to intermediate math teachers, summer institute for math teachers
2002 Federal Teaching American History Grant ($996,000, three years)
  • Professional development and online exhibitions created by fifth, eighth and eleventh grade American history teachers

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Darrow, Rob (2010). A comparative study between online charter high schools and traditional
high schools in California. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, California State University, Fresno –United States.

Darrow, Rob (2010). “The Bottom Line: Funding Online Courses.” The School Administrator. April.

Darrow, Rob (2009). “School Libraries are Essential: How do we meet the Virtual Access and
Collaboration Needs of the 21st Century Learner and Teacher?” Knowledge Quest.
American Association of School Librarians. May.

Darrow, Rob. (2007). “California Dreamin’ by Rob Darrow” blog. http://robdarrow.wordpress.com

Darrow, Rob. “Virtual Wisdom.” Big6 Enewsletter. 2004-present. www.big6.com.

Darrow, Rob. (2006). “MySpace and social networking continues to grow in Clovis
and beyond.” CUSD Today.

Darrow, Rob. (2006). “Communicating with online blogs: MySpace.” CUSD Today.

Darrow, Rob. (2005). “Fresno County Teachers Putting Standards Based Content Online.”
California Council for the Social Studies Review Magazine.

Darrow, Rob. (2004-2005) “Big6 Examples.” LMC Connection. Linworth Publishing,
Series of six articles about the use of the Big6 information literacy process.

Darrow, Rob and Gordon Freedman and John Watson. (2002).
“The California Virtual School Report: A National Survey of Virtual Education
Practice and Policy with Recommendations for the State of California.”
University of California College Prep Program.

Darrow, Rob. (2002). “Information Literacy: The Most Important element of a
Technology Toolkit”. OnCUE Magazine.

Darrow, Rob. (2001). “The Library Media Teacher in Professional Development.“
OnCue Magazine.

Darrow, Rob. (1998-2002). Column Editor, Educational Technology.
California School Library Association Monthly Newsletter.

Darrow, Rob. (1999). “Are you Web Literate?” Library Talk.

Eisenberg, Michael B. with Robert Darrow. (2000). The Big6 in Secondary Schools.
Ohio: Linworth Publishing.

RECENT KEYNOTES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • “Utilizing Web 2.0 tools in school libraries.” Clovis Unified Library Media Teachers. Jan. 2007.
  • “The Ultimate Literacy.” Keynote speech. New York State Association of Independent Schools. New Paltz, New York. November 2006.
  • “Developing an MA program with your Teaching American History grant.” Teaching American History grant project director’s meeting. Albuquerque, New Mexico. October 2006.
  • “What the Teaching American History Grant Can Do for You.” California Council for the Social Studies Conference 2004 and 2005.
  • “Information Literacy and the Big6 in the Digital Age.” California School Library Association Conference Workshop. Sacramento, CA. Nov. 2004.
  • “Online Resources from the Teaching American History Grants.” Fresno County Professional Development Day. Fresno, CA. October 2004.
  • “Putting Your Curriculum Online.” Clovis Unified Professional Development Days. Clovis, CA. Nov. 2003.
  • “The California Virtual School Report.” University of California College Prep Virtual High School Institute. Santa Cruz, CA, 2002.
  • “Important Aspects of Virtual Education.” Clovis Unified/IBM Fly In. 2002.
  • “Overcoming Challenges of a Virtual High School Program.“ Jones Knowledge Symposium. Denver. CO, 2002.
  • "Applying Information Literacy Skills on the Web.” Fresno County Literacy Conference. 2001.
  • “Being Digital.” California School Library Association Conference, Long Beach, 2001.
  • “Applying the Big6 with Online Resources.” Big6 Conference, San Jose, 2001.
  • “Growing Up Digital.” California School Library Conference. Ontario, CA. 1999.
  • “Collaboration in the Electronic Age.” American Association of School Librarian’s Conference. Birmingham, Alabama, 1999.
  • “California Showcase – Student Laptop Projects.” National Educational Computer Conference (NECC), 1998.
  • “Using the Big 6 Approach to Information Problem Solving”, Fresno County Library Conference, 1997.

RECENT COMMITTEES SERVED

  • 2009 Member, Community Drop Out Prevention Workshop. Fresno County United Way. California State University.
  • 2005, 1998 Member, Instructional Materials Advisory Panel, History/Social Science Textbook Adoption Committee. California Department of Education.
  • 2001 Member, E-Learning Workgroup, California Secretary of Education
  • 2001 Member, Coordinating Council, California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP), Region VII (Fresno, Tulare, Merced, and Mariposa Counties)
  • 2000-present Member, California County Superintendents Educational Services
  • Association, Technology and Telecommunications Steering Committee
  • 2000-2002 Member, Student Technology Showcase Advisory Committee.
  • California Department of Education
  • 1991-1993 President, Faculty Senate, Clovis Unified School District
  • 1987-1990 Chair, Fort Washington Elementary Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Run

RECENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • 2007 Partnership for 21st Century Learning Conference. Berkeley, Ca.
  • 2001-2005 Virtual High School Symposium. Center for Technology in Education. Chicago.
  • 2001 Administrating and Teaching Online. Florida Virtual School. Florida.
  • 2001 California Alliance for Distance Education (ADEC) Conference. Manhattan Beach, CA.
  • 2001, 2000 Computer User Educators (CUE) Conferences.
  • 2001 Grants and Funding for School Technology. Eschool News. New Orleans.
  • 2001 Baldrige Training. Clovis Unified.
  • 1999 Institute for 21st Century Librarianship. California State Library. Stanford University.
  • 1998 – 2006 California School Library Association Conferences
  • 1998-1999 BTSA Support Provider Training
  • 1997 SDAIE Training and Certificate