About Mary Ann
Mary Ann Wolf, Ph.D., has 15 years of experience in education and education technology. Mary Ann has worked closely with federal, state and local education leaders; policy-makers; and organizations on connecting policy and practice for innovative education reform, digital learning and instructional practices. Mary Ann developed and co-facilitated the Digital Learning Transition MOOC for Educators through the Friday Institute at NC State University and the Alliance for Excellent Education. She is also the lead researcher on the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Project Tomorrow Teachers’ Readiness to Adopt and Adapt Content (TRAAC) project, which includes in-person and virtual focus groups with education leaders and teachers.
Mary Ann helped develop and implement the first-ever National Digital Learning Day with the Alliance for Excellent Education. She is a member of the North Carolina Governor’s eLearning Commission, Expert Advisory Group for the National Online Communities of Practice Advisory Board (U.S. Department of Education and the Friday Institute at NC State University), and the NSF National STEM Digital Library Evaluation Advisory Group.
Previously, Mary Ann was the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, she worked with educators in all 50 states and with policy-makers to share data and models of how to improve education to ensure America’s and our students’ competitiveness in the global economy. She served on the Congress on the Future of Content Task Force and spoke at the keynote session on the potential and hurdles for implementing digital content. Mary Ann was a member of the NAEP Technology Literacy Assessment steering committee and worked closely with the Obama Administration transition team with work related to education technology. She testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee; and SETDA hosted, with the National Science Foundation, Future of Learning educational technology showcases for members of Congress and staffers in the House and the Senate.
Mary Ann taught fifth grade in Virginia, studied education leadership with and conducted extensive research on teacher time and professionalism at the University of Virginia and worked for KPMG’s Peat Marwick as a consultant for federally funded grant programs. Mary Ann has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from The George Washington University, and a Bachelors in Accounting and Marketing from Georgetown University.
EdNC: From fear to understanding: the parent’s journey through their child’s learning differences
Parents are in the best position to begin a child’s education around his or her learning difference. At the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the learning differences team created a parent’s handbook designed to equip parents to do just that.
EdNC: Teachers eager to gain better understanding of learning differences
The Friday Institute has helped develop a Massive Online Open Course for Educators (MOOC-Ed) that K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, instructional support teams and administrators can take to supplement their understanding of learning differences and adopt a common vocabulary around everyday struggles in their classrooms.
EdNC: For students, success with learning differences means self-advocacy and finding comfort in community
At NC State’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, a team has put together various courses on learning differences: one multi-course designed for students and another designed for teachers.