Melissa A. Rasberry is principal technical assistance consultant at AIR, where she directs and supports several projects. Dr. Rasberry serves as the principal investigator for CS for All Teachers (formerly known as the CS10K Community), a three-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation. In this role, she provides guidance about best practices for the virtual community of practice; cultivates collaboration among myriad partners; manages a team of staff members and subcontractors; oversees an advisory board of experts in the field; reviews wireframes and plans for the website redevelopment process; and maintains regular communications with representatives from the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Rasberry also serves on the leadership team for Connected Educator Month and on the curriculum development team for an online professional learning initiative with the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She has supported the Future Ready project, funded by the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the development of a rubric to assess superintendents’ and other school leaders’ efforts to transition their districts to digital learning. She also conducted site visit interviews and data collection with the School Renewal Assessment project in New York City.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Rasberry led community and organizational networking at the Center for Teaching Quality for over a decade. She supervised team members and collaborated with partners to implement strategies for project leadership, resulting in the creation and facilitation of over 35 virtual learning communities for teachers. For these communities, she developed curricula, facilitated threaded discussions, and provided effective online professional learning experiences. Dr. Rasberry began her career as a third grade teacher and a principal intern at two diverse elementary schools in Durham NC. Her professional interests span the teaching continuum—from recruitment and preparation to professional development and retention.