About Sara Armstrong Educational ConsultantAn introductory haiku:

Sara Armstrong helps
kids and adults understand
that learning is fun.

Fascinated early on by Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education, in which students take responsibility for their own learning within an attractive environment that includes an array of beautiful, interesting hands-on materials, Sara Armstrong’s work naturally evolved into a passion for project-based learning.  Sara has conducted sessions at many conferences from one hour  to several days to a year-long contract helping teachers understand and develop meaningful inquiry-based projects.

Even as a classroom teacher, Sara taught classes in the Montessori Method and used technology integration starting in the early 1980’s. Her first experience with telecommunications took place using an Atari 800 computer and a 300 baud modem. Sara’s students participated in book talks with a school hundreds of miles away and the experience convinced her that technology offered something one couldn’t do without it–put kids in touch with other kids they might not ordinarily meet to exchange ideas. This was the beginning of her continuing interest in global education.

Over her nearly 40 years as an educator, Sara Armstrong has developed and implemented workshops on a many topics, including information literacy, digital storytelling, technology integration, global resources for education and project-based learning.

Armstrong has also written technology grant proposals and helped others “groom” their plans. She is the editor of OnCUE, Computer-Using Educator’s journal, and has been the proofreader for Bark! and Storyline magazines.

Sara holds two B.A.s—one in English from California State University, Los Angeles, and one in psychology from California State University, Sonoma. She completed her work for a California credential, a Master’s program in leadership and reading, and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sara is an Associate of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Global SchoolNet Foundation, the Center for Accessible Technology, as well as Berkeley High School’s Community Partnership Academy and the Ho’ala Foundation for Education Advisory Councils. She is a recipient of both of CUE’s high honors: a Gold Disk and a Platinum Disk.

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