Hi, I am Dr. K. Lee Banks! Welcome to my blog!
I am a lifelong learner, having earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with a concentration in Instructional Technology in 2008, at the “ripe old age” of 50 (and I was thrilled to earn a 4.0 GPA!) Now I also have my Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree, in a dual concentration in Educational Technology and E-Learning, earned in 2017.
These were long-delayed goals, after raising four children and providing a structured home education for them over a period of 11 years. Now that I am “all grown up” – I have been able to pursue additional education and career paths for myself!
Along with several years of experience in primarily educational and social services positions – including speech and developmental therapy – I have acquired many years of experience in various forms of editing and writing through academic, professional, and life experience, in all the following areas:
*Proofreading and editing: Review and correct all common English language errors, including grammar, spelling, punctuation, word usage, fluency; AP style proofreading/editing.
*Academic writing and editing: High school through graduate level compositions, content development, research papers, MLA and/or APA style; please note this does NOT include the unethical practice of writing papers for OTHER students! I provide editing, proofreading, and formatting assistance for students – but I will NEVER write papers for them!
*Creative writing: Essays, prose, and blog and forum posts.
*Professional writing: Journalism, documentation, resumes, business, and web content.
*Blogging: Content for various types of blogs; setting up WordPress and Blogspot blogs.
*Instructional Design: I am familiar and experienced with the instructional design framework, based on Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction, as well as Bloom’s Taxonomy, and understand the importance of strong objectives, goals, and assessments.
*Curriculum Development and Review: I have experience in developing and reviewing high school and college courses, as well as individual adult education and career training modules.
*Assessment/Test Items and Sample Reading Passages: I have experience in developing and writing ELA/ELL assessment or test items (terms used differently by various clients), and sample reading passages, as well as corresponding rationales for right and wrong answers.
*Tutoring/Instructional Facilitation: I can provide online tutoring, primarily in English grammar and writing skills, having gained experience working as an online writing tutor for the online writing lab at Smarthinking. I have also received training as an online instructional facilitator.
*PowerPoint: I can create PowerPoint presentations as stand-alone modules or add them to enhance web content. I am currently studying graphic and digital design, to further develop my skill sets.
As of September 2018, I have over 3,200 articles published online and have written one book, Fatherly Reflections, a tribute to my late Dad, to other dads, and to fatherhood in general.
I have also co-authored a second book with Dr. Christine Mason of the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI – a non-profit organization), entitled Heart Beaming. The book is “a free tool teachers can use to help students relieve stress, improve performance, and enhance classroom interactions through song, dance, movement, fun, laughter and positive thinking.” The simple exercises would be equally effective for parents to use at home with their children.
As of September 2018, I am in my 11th year as a freelance writer, editor, instructional designer, and educational consultant. I have authored, co-authored, or reviewed about 15 courses. These projects varied from creating individual sample lessons, to entire courses, from scripts and storyboards to full online course content and instructor guidelines. I have also written reading passage and assessment/test items and content for various clients and have served as an English Language Arts (ELA) Subject Matter Expert (SME).
I count it a privilege and honor to engage in freelance work through a virtual relationship with clients across various industries, although my primary focus is in high school and adult education. I thoroughly enjoy communication in any form and consider every opportunity as a new challenge for my creative skills. While I am experienced and proficient in many areas, I would not yet call myself an “expert” in all areas, as I believe there always is room for growth!
In addition to this blog, I have the following blog that may interest some of you.
You may also like to check out my LinkedIn Profile here. Request a connection, if you would like to network!