Duren Thompson, Coordinator II
Professional Development & Technology Enhancement

Duren Thompson joined the Center for Literacy Studies in November of 2000. Her current work at the Center includes researching, designing, implementing, and evaluating technology related professional development activities, particularly those using distance technologies.  Duren has participated in national online projects for LINCS and OVAE, and works closely with the Equipped for the Future (EFF) staff to support the development of online PD courses and delivery methods.

Duren is currently studying for an additional Master's degree focused on Instructional Technology with an Online Learning specialty. Her current research includes effective practices in online courses, applications of web 2.0 technologies and generational research for adult education (focus on the Millennials) , cooperative/collaborative learning for adult education, and effective instruction to support adults in coping with the pace of change in the next 20-50 years. Recently, her responsibilities expanded to include review of all requests for disability-based accommodations from TN GED candidates and close collaboration with the TN GED Administrator. Duren also has expertise/interest in applications of Multiple Intelligences Theory, supporting adults with Learning Disabilities, and accountability measurement.

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Durens experiences prior to joining the Center: Durens undergraduate degree is in Business from the University of Tennessee and her Masters Degree is in Special Education, also from UT.   After obtaining her teaching certification in special education (mild, moderate, and severe), Duren accepted a position as a traveling consultant to Tennessee K-12 public schools supporting inclusion and behavioral support initiatives. After three years consulting, Duren served as instructor for the Knox County Adult Education Program under Jane Knight. During this time she participated in EFF action research, designed an introductory curriculum for the technology lab, and encouraged her students in the use of e-mail and web site design to foster literacy skills. Duren has also served special education students of all levels at Rocky Hill Elementary School, worked for the Department of Children's Services as a Social Counselor in Foster Care, and taught business and humanities courses at the junior college level.

Personal Life: In her spare time, Ms. Thompson likes to read, cook, mess with technology, and participate in medieval re-creation activities. She has a young child, however, who uses up most of that spare time (in a wonderful and magical way, of course ).