Marshal Conley is a senior technical assistance consultant and director of the Networked Learning Group at AIR. His current work focuses on innovative, technology-infused solutions to improve educator professional learning. He is the deputy project director for the Connected Educators 2014 project with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET), focused on developing researched-based measurement tools and resource recommendations for districts and schools. He also served as deputy project director for the Connected Educators project. This OET project sought to understand and promote educators' learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks through research, development and outreach to the field.
Conley currently serves in a leadership capacity on two other current educational technology projects. He is the deputy project director for the National Science Foundation's cooperative agreement to develop and manage the CS10K online community of practice for high school computer science educators. He works as project director and community manager for the Intel® Teachers Engage online community management project, overseeing a professional community comprised of over 40,000 educators around the globe geared towards supporting use of technology in education and Intel’s professional development offerings. Conley’s other current educational technology roles include serving as online course development lead for the federal Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) project and design and development consultant for online professional development for the Upward Bound college counseling intervention IES study. Additionally, Mr. Conley has worked with districts and schools to design and deliver professional learning around technology driven educational data and data-informed decision making. He also has worked in various roles, including team lead, as part of audits of written, taught, and tested mathematics and English language arts curricula in districts and schools, collecting data, facilitating strategic improvement planning, and writing research-based recommendations for sustained improvement in the areas of data use, behavior and engagement solutions for at-risk student populations, and classroom instruction.
Before joining AIR, Conley worked as an E-Learning Project Manager, leading teams of instructional designers, technology architects and media developers in the design, development and deployment of E-Learning courseware for corporate outsource clients. Prior to that, he served as a high school English teacher and program coordinator for at-risk student populations. He is licensed and certified to teach secondary English Arts in Iowa (grades 7-12) and Illinois (grades 9-12) and possesses and Illinois Type 75 School Administrator certificate.