Jackie Burniske is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. She has over 30 years of experience in education, including 10 years teaching in international schools. Her experience is focused on communications, innovative uses of technology for teaching and learning, educator quality, and professional development.
Burniske serves as the dissemination lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. She leads the REL Southwest website, Twitter account, and national virtual and face-to-face "research to practice" events. She oversees the editing of all deliverables and other materials that support the work of the REL Southwest. She serves on the seven-member leadership team.
For 10 months, during the transition to AIR, Burniske was the acting director of communications at SEDL, which merged with AIR January 1, 2015. She led the production and dissemination of a range of publications, websites, and social media accounts. She ensured effective branding throughout the institution, planned and managed quarterly all-staff functions, oversaw the information resource center, and internal communications. She worked with a team at AIR to ensure integration of SEDL communications with AIR. She supervised a communications staff of six.
Previously, she worked with the Texas Comprehensive Center where she served as the primary liaison to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and led the provision of technical assistance, group facilitation, professional development, information dissemination, and rapid response services to the TEA to support educator effectiveness.
Prior to returning to SEDL in 2009, Burniske worked with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning in Honolulu, Hawaii, for seven years, where she served as the director of communications, associate director of the Stars Schools Grant, executive director of the center for information, communications, and technology, and professional development team leader. She has also led the implementation of distance learning education courses for K–8 grade teachers in the Pacific region and overseen projects focused on the innovative uses of technology in education. From 1997 to 2002, she worked at SEDL providing professional development, technical assistance, and resource dissemination in the area of technology integration. In addition, she served as a secondary school teacher of social studies and language arts for 14 years.