Darren has been serving students from diverse backgrounds since August of 2011. Darren has enjoyed serving in multiple educational leadership roles at the K-12 and collegiate levels. In his current role, he has been highly involved with technology integration efforts as a Technology Assistant Principal at a Microsoft Showcase School. Darren has led personalized learning efforts and launched 1:1 device initiatives. In addition, Darren facilitates the technology integration processes between teacher and student within Office 365 environments. During the 2015 school year, Darren co-hosted the largest school-led Microsoft Redefining Learning Conference in U.S. history. He enjoys collaborating with showcase schools throughout the globe and continues to deliver job-embedded technology support to school leaders. As a regional technology team lead, Darren helps to drive technology innovation in over 20 schools. Darren currently holds advanced degrees in Instructional Technology and Educational Leadership. As a current doctoral student at the University of Georgia, he studies technology integration in urban school settings. Darren is globally recognized as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft Certified Educator and Microsoft Office Specialist. Most recently, he collaborated with Microsoft application product managers in Beijing. His ultimate role is to give stakeholders an adequate opportunity to succeed with proven educational practices within 21st century learning environments.
Contact Number – 404-644-1870
Summary: My educational philosophy is grounded in the premise that all children have the same inherit potential and it is my responsibility as an educator to nurture, cultivate, and harvest those developing seeds. My role as an instructional leader is to give students, parents, teachers, and stakeholders an adequate opportunity to succeed with proven educational practices within 21st century learning environments.
Education & Credentials
Assistant Principal, Bear Creek Middle School (Microsoft Showcase School), July 2015-Present
Dean of Students, Langston Hughes High School, August 2014- June 2015
Elementary Teacher, A. Philip Randolph Elementary School, August 2011-May 2014.
Adjunct Professor, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, February 2012 to present.
Presenter, Building Our Future Conference, Fulton County Schools, July 2016
Presenter, National ASCD Conference (on behalf of Microsoft), April 2016 Topic: Leveraging Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning
Presenter, Ed Elements Instructional Technology Training, April 2016
Conference Host, Bear Creek Redefining Learning Conference, March 2016 Successfully hosted the first, school-led RLC in U.S. History-1,100 attendees, 130 presenters
Presenter, Redefining Learning Conference, Bellevue School District, March 2016
Presenter, District Principal’s Meeting, Fulton County Schools, November 2015
Presenter, District Assistant Principal’s Meeting, Fulton County Schools, December 2015
Presenter, Adult Learning Consortium, University System of GA, Summer 2013
Recent Feature: http://dailyedventures.com/index.php/2016/04/06/darren-clay/
Fulton County Instructional Technology Team Administrator, September 2015-Present
Aspiring Leadership Program Intern (1 out 10 teachers selected in the school district), Fulton County Schools, June 2014-June 2015
School District Virtual Coach (1 of 30 teachers selected in the school district), Fulton County Schools, November 2014- May 2015
School District Teacher Selector, Fulton County Schools, February 2014-May 2014
Assessment Leadership Cohort, FCS South Learning Community, November 2014- Present
Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew Leader #1981, 2011-present (2014-2015 Venture Crew Leader of the Year; 2012-13 Venture Crew of the Year)
Guide Right Director, Kappa Leadership Development League, 2011 to present (2014 Southeastern Province Guide Right Director of the Year)
Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
2012 Kappa Man of the Year, College Park (GA) Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Microsoft
Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Microsoft
Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft
Microsoft Office Specialist- OneNote
Instructional Technology, Services, SRS-6, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Educational Leadership, PRL-6, Tier II, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
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