Employment

Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin teaches the Post Doc Masterclass at University of Cambridge (as lecturer) once per year and spends the rest of the year in California writing books for educators, data users, and researchers. An an active member of Mensa, Dr. Rankin also volunteers as assistant coordinator of Orange County Mensa’s Gifted Youth Program. She began her career in higher education, followed by a rewarding career in K-12 public education. Dr. Rankin spent many years as a junior high school English teacher, teacher on special assignment (TOSA) and technology coordinator, junior high school assistant principal, school district administrator, and then chief education & research officer.


January 20, 2016 to – Present

Lecturer

University of Cambridge

  • Address: The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
  • Duty: Teaching the PostDoc Masterclass (for Life Sciences)

 

July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012

(with project-based work continuing to the present)

Chief Education and Research Officer (CERO)

Illuminate Education Inc. (an Educational Technology Company)

  • Address: 47 Discovery, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92618 Ÿ 949-242-0343 Ÿ www.illuminateed.com
  • Full-Time
  • Supervisor: Lane Rankin, CEO/President, 949-242-0343
  • Sample Duties: leadership Ÿ training staff and educators at all levels Ÿ data report and system design Ÿ presenting Ÿ writing/building online help system Ÿ creating abstracts to accompany all reports Ÿ working with County Dept. of Ed. on user group meetings and multi-district needs Ÿ orchestrating events like 250-attendee user-conference Ÿ creating communication tools (board meeting booklets, programs, RFPs, media pieces, etc.)

 

June 6, 2008 to June 3, 2010 (filled in for the same role August 2009 and August 2010)

District Administrator (Program Specialist for Assessment, Instructional Services)

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

  • Address: 25631 Peter Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 Ÿ 949-586-1234 Ÿ www.svusd.k12.ca.us
  • Full-Time
  • Based: District Office
  • Supervisor: Kathy Dick, Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services, 949-586-1234
  • Sample Duties: leadership Ÿ training educators at all levels on data, assessment, etc. Ÿ coordinating assessment building, test administration, and data analysis for 35,000-student district Ÿ creating data reports and communication tools for varied stakeholders Ÿ disaggregating data, spotting/tracking trends, etc. for district Ÿ building help system and materials to accompany data Ÿ working with County Dept. of Ed. on special projects Ÿ classroom observation and feedback Ÿ leadership and evaluation of assigned staff Ÿ serving as District’s representative at State and County meetings

 

August 30, 2007 to June 30, 2008

Assistant Principal

Anaheim Union High School District

  • Address: 501 Crescent Way, Anaheim, CA 92803  Ÿ 714-999-3511 Ÿ www.auhsd.us
  • Full-Time
  • Based: Orangeview Junior High School
  • Supervisor: Kevin Astor, Principal, 949-364-6100
  • Sample Duties: leadership Ÿ guiding staff in data analysis and use Ÿ overseeing testing Ÿ creating data reports and communication tools for varied stakeholders Ÿ disaggregating data, spotting/tracking trends, etc. for school Ÿ student guidance and discipline Ÿ classroom observation and teacher evaluation Ÿ district and site committees Ÿ parent and community outreach Ÿ working with local police and organizations on school’s crime/gang/drug problems Ÿ planning events Ÿ streamlining processes

 

August 28, 2003 to June 30, 2007

Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Buena Park School District

  • Address: 6885 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620 Ÿ 714-522-8412 Ÿ www.bpsd.k12.ca.us
  • Full-Time Split with Other/Teacher Role
  • Based: Buena Park Junior High School
  • Supervisor: Debra Diaz, Principal, 714-521-5134
  • Sample Duties: leadership Ÿ planning and conducting staff professional development Ÿ material adoptions Ÿ creating data reports and communication tools for varied stakeholders Ÿ disaggregating data, spotting/tracking trends, etc. for school Ÿ coordinating testing Ÿ training and guiding site staff in data, assessment, etc. Ÿ articulation with feeder schools and high school Ÿ working with budgets Ÿ researching and developing/writing curriculum Ÿ leading/serving on district and site committees Ÿ parent and community outreach Ÿ before Jenny became TOSA, BPJH’s Base API was dropping; after Jenny became BPJH’s TOSA and began/conducted BPJH’s staff development, BPJH’s 633 API (2003) rose to 655 (2004), 703 (2005), 708 (2006), and then 726 API (2007), and the school shed its state-assigned Immediate Intervention/Underperforming Schools Program (II/USP) status

 

August 28, 2000 to June 30, 2007

Teacher (English, AVID English, Newspaper, and Intervention)

Buena Park School District

  • 6885 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620 Ÿ 714-522-8412 Ÿ www.bpsd.k12.ca.us
  • Full-Time Split with Other/TOSA Role Starting 2003 
  • Based: Buena Park Junior High School
  • Supervisors: Debra Diaz, Principal, 714-521-5134; Rafael Santiago, AP, 714-616-1279
  • Sample Duties: won “Teacher of the Year” by 3rd year of teaching Ÿ leading/serving on district and site committees Ÿ training staff on Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Concepts Ÿ serving as site technology coordinator Ÿ built standards-based curriculum and test bank for English Department based on data Ÿ averaging 49% higher student proficiency on state assessments (CST) in classes (with many Title I and EL students due to TOSA funding) compared to other English classes on site Ÿ wrote curriculum for summer school writing program

 

January 4, 1999 to August 25, 2000

Program Coordinator of Visual Arts and Information Technology (IT) Departments

Learning Tree University (Purchased/Absorbed by Corinthian Colleges Inc. in 2003)

  • 2332 McGaw Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614
  • Full-Time
  • Based: Irvine Campus
  • Supervisor: Judy Swanson, President, heyjude56@sbcglobal.net
  • Sample Duties: leadership Ÿ hiring and training teachers Ÿ maintaining compliance with university’s accreditation Ÿ designing/writing course curriculum Ÿ counseling students (academic) Ÿ scheduling courses Ÿ contributing to catalog (e.g., course descriptions) Ÿ planning learning paths (degree tracks) Ÿ hired to oversee Visual Arts Dept. but was promoted to oversee both that and the IT Dept. (LTU’s biggest department), working 2 jobs as 1 for 4 months until replacement for previous position was found Ÿ student enrollment in VA Dept. rose by 105.63% within 1st 6 months of employment (best growth rate ever), instructor retention was at an all-time high, and after 7 months scores on student course evaluations (encompassing teacher performance) had improved by 29.8% Ÿ while overseeing IT Dept., student enrollment in IT Dept. rose by 26%, revenue increased by 28%, # of courses offered and managed increased by 38.64%, and LTU President Michael Gould said student course evaluations within IT Dept. had “never been better” Ÿ presentations (open house, recruitment, instruction, colleague trainings in technology and efficiency at headquarters’ Joint Program Meetings, etc.)                                 

 

August 27, 1997 to December 11, 1998

Substitute Teacher

Saddleback Valley Unified School District & Irvine Unified School District

  • Addresses: 25631 Peter Hartman Wy., Mission Viejo, CA 92691 & 5050 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine CA 92604 

Volunteering

 

Dr. Rankin has a long history of volunteer service. As a teenager she volunteered at the Laguna Beach Public Library, where she singlehandedly ran a weekly book+craft class for children, and she also volunteered at the Laguna Art Museum and through Amnesty International. Her Amnesty work continued through college, and her activism in animal rights arose.

Dr. Rankin's weekly letter writing and petition signing continues to this day (largely for education, human rights, animal rights, and environmental issues), joined by her service in the following roles:

 

2016 to Present

Advisory Board Member

Rocket Ready Program, Laguna Beach Unified School District

 

2016 to Present

Advisory Board Member

School Wise Press

 

2015 to Present

Assistant Coordinator

Orange County Mensa’s Gifted Youth Program

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