Mark Cruthers

AP US History Teacher
Male, 46 Years|Pinon Hills - 92372, United States

Member since: Mar 26, 2007

Last active on: May 28, 2014 at 04:45 AM (EST)

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About Mark Cruthers

Mark Cruthers is a high school AP US History teacher & (reader #95982) at Rancho Cucamonga H.S. in Southern California. Mr. Cruthers is the original consulting teacher as part of the April, 2007 launch of Wiziq and is on the WiZiQ Board of Advisors since its founding.

Teaches following Subjects/Exams
AP U.S. History (Advanced Placement Program-AP)
Language of Instruction: English
AP European History (Advanced Placement Program-AP)
Language of Instruction: English
Economics (9th - 12th Grade)
Language of Instruction: English
Teaching Experience

Teacher

Rancho Cucamonga High School, United States

Aug 2003 - Present

AP US History, Economics (prep), U.S. History (prep), World History (prep)


Voted one of the "Most Inspirational Teachers" by the RCHS Senior Class of 2012
Voted one of the "Most Inspirational Teachers" by the RCHS Senior Class of 2011
Voted Impact teacher by the principal in August, 2010
Voted one of the "Most Inspirational Teachers" by the RCHS Senior Class of 2009
Voted one of the "Most Inspirational Teachers" by the RCHS Senior Class of 2007
RCHS Impact Teacher April 2008
Reader Advanced Placement U.S. History 2012 - Louisville, KY
Reader (with distinction) Advanced Placement U.S. History 2011 - Louisville, KY
Reader Advanced Placement U.S. History 2008 - Louisville, KY
Reader Advanced Placement U.S. History 2007 - Louisville, KY
Congressional Youth Leadership Council - Educational Leader and Mentor - active member since 2006

Teacher

EIE Academy, United States

Sep 2002 - Jan 2010

AP US History, AP European History, AP American Government and Politics, Economics (Honors)


homeschool.com seal of approval

Founder of the Advanced Placement Program

Teacher

Valley Torah High School, United States

Aug 2002 - Jun 2003

AP European History, Ancient History (prep), World History (prep)

Teacher

Monte Vista Christian School, United States

Jul 1999 - May 2002

AP US History, AP European History, U.S. History (prep), Western Civilization (prep), Economics (prep), Government (prep)


Service Recognition

Teacher

Star of the Sea School, United States

Jan 1994 - Jun 1999

U.S. History, World History


Service Recognition

Adjunct Faculty

Chaminade University, United States

Sep 1997 - Oct 1998

New Testament Studies

Coach, Teacher

South Western Academy, United States

Sep 1991 - Jun 1993

P.E., Speech, Literature

Professional Experience
Advisor
authorGEN-WiZiQ, Chandigarh, India
Oct 2006 - Present

Advisor to authorGen technologies since October,2006

Member of WiZiQ's Board of Advisors since April,2007

Responsible to Advise CEO and other WiZiQ team members in order to progress WiZiQ's business outlook.

Director to authorGen Technologies
authorGEN-WiZiQ, Chandigarh, India
Oct 2006 - Aug 2010

Responsible for the development of WiZiQ's business outside of India.

Advanced Placement Consultant
Excellence in Education (EIE) Monrovia - Academy homeschool group, California, United States
Oct 2003 - Dec 2009

Helped EIE homeschool ISP establish its Advanced Placement Program. First teacher to teach an AP course at this ISP.

Soldier MOS 11B
U.S. Army, California, United States
Jun 1988 - Mar 1992

Infantrymen in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard. Served in the CAARNG Co D 3/160 during the L.A. Riots in April, 1992.

Education

CLAD Program

University of San Diego, California, United States

Mar 2007 - Jan 2008

Credentialing Program (Finished)

University of California, Riverside, California, United States

Sep 2003 - May 2004


Health Science Education Technology Special Education

Credentialing Program

California State University-San Bernardino, California, United States

Jun 2002 - Aug 2002


Education Technology Education Psychology

M.A. Theology

Fuller Graduate School, California, United States

Jan 1990 - May 1992

B.A. Communication

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, United States

Jul 1985 - May 1989

Diploma

Saint Louis School, Hawaii, United States

Aug 1980 - May 1985

Professional Exams & Certifications

Certificate of Recognition Participant in June 2012 College Board AP Reading Louisville,KY 51 hrs,

College Board, Kentucky, United States

Year Of Passing: 2011


In this year's reading (2011) I challenged the 9 in the
operational sample packet for question 3. The sample essay had an error on the Webster-Hayne debate. The student had attributed the arguments to the wrong member of Congress. I felt that a 9 could not have any errors in it no matter the excellence of the rest of the essay. My table leader and question reader agreed. The 9 from this sample packet was not put onto the College Board website.

This was notable as this error was missed by all the table leaders and readers for this question (3) in 2011. My table leader also said at the end of the reading that I had very high correlations statistically, which meant the computers felt I was very accurate on my reading throughout the week.

CLAD

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2008

Certificate of Recognition Participant in June 2008 College Board AP Reading Louisville,KY 51 hrs

Kentucky, United States

Year Of Passing: 2008

Certificate of Recognition Participant in June 2007 College Board AP Reading Louisville,KY 47 hrs

Kentucky, United States

Year Of Passing: 2007

Certificate of Achievement Is Captitalism Good for the Poor (FTE) 5 hrs

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

Certificate of Achievement Economics for Leaders 30 hrs

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

CAPSTONE Economics Seminar and Workshop Cal State Fullerton 8 hrs

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

AP Macroeconomics/Microeconomics (combined) AP Program 6 hrs Chapman University

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

California Clear Credential

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

AP American Government Certificate of Completion 30 hrs AP by the Sea University of San Diego

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2005

Certificate of Achievement, Economics for Leaders 30 hrs

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2004

SSAT

State of California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2003

CSET

State of California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2003

CBEST

State of California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2001

AP European History Certificate of Completion 40 hrs AP Institute Stanford University

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2001

AP U. S. History Certificate 30 hrs Pacific Advanced Placement Institute Cal State Monterey Bay

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 2000

ACSI Association of Christian Schools International

California, United States

Year Of Passing: 1999

Professional Staff Certificate State of Hawaii

Hawaii, United States

Year Of Passing: 1994

Hawaii Catholic Schools Certificate

Hawaii, United States

Year Of Passing: 1994

Associations & Membership
National Youth Leadership Forum on Collegiate Success
United States, United States
Nov 2009 - Present

In grateful appreciation for your mentoring efforts to assist students by advancing eduational opportunities that will help them realize their lifelong dreams.

ACSI Association of Christian School International
California, United States
Oct 1999 - Present
CJUHSD (Chaffey Joint Union High School District)
California, United States
Aug 2003 - Present
FTE Foundation for Teaching Economics
California, United States
Jul 2004 - Present

Charter Member 2005

Who’s Who in America in the West
California, United States
May 1997 - Present

Honoree 1997

Who's Who Among America's Teachers
California, United States
Mar 2001 - Present

Honoree:
11th Edition
9th Edition
8th Edition
7th Edition

CCTC California Council on Teacher Credentialing
California, United States
Feb 2005 - Present
Congressional Youth Leadership Council - Educational Leader and Mentor
California, United States
Jan 2006 - Present
Disney Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching
California, United States
May 2001 - May 2001

Nominee 2001

Publications and Research
Home Schoolers, Advanced Placement, and a Revolution In Distance-Learning Technology
Mark Cruthers

Just because Home Schoolers are not physically in a school building is no reason they should be barred from the opportunity to distinguish themselves academically by passing the prestigious Advanced Placement exams. I firmly believe this, as my website, homeschool-teachers.com, will show.

Episode 2 – Interview with Mark Cruthers
Meri Walker

Teaching For A Living, 2008, Episode 2 – Interview with Mark Cruthers, AP History teacher using WizIQ’s virtual classroom to teach homeschool students online.

Interview about Advanced Placement
Rebecca Kochenderfer and Mark Cruthers

Mark Cruthers on "The Importance of Advanced Placement" Scroll Down

Letter to the Editor
Mark Cruthers

The recent media storm surrounding attempts by the state of California to regulate home schooling shows that the public is passionate about this issue. However, many people are missing the point. More parents are choosing home schooling because they realize that the one-size-fits all approach to public education does not fit their child. (According to figures from the U.S. Department of Education, about 700,000 children are home-schooled nationally; other organizations have this figure much higher. Children learn at different paces, and gifted children can get bored with the pace of education in a classroom with about 35 other students in grades 6-12.

Education Technology Gives Teachers a Wider Reach
Mark Cruthers

Abstract: What if technology allowed you to teach or learn anytime anywhere? What if preparation of teaching or learning notes became a simple download activity from a repository or just an enhancement of existing content? What if the student could put forth his queries without any hesitation to his teacher and the teacher could pace the learning accordingly? How does receiving instant help from someone who is doing or has worked on something similar to what you are doing sound to you? Ubiquitous connectivity in today's world brings these benefits to an online teacher or a student.

The virtual classroom
Jackie Mcdermott

The phrase "virtual classroom' was coined by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) professors in 1977. Their creation was the first computer-mediated communications network and the precursor to programs like Blackboard and WiziQ-technology platforms that allow schools to hostclasses on the internet. ... Mark Cruthers, a teacher and business development director of WiZiQ, a web-based virtual classroom platform, explains that the distance-learning model has the capacity for asynchronous as well as synchronous transmittals-for example, students watching a professor's demonstration via video in real time. "The real-time experience is recorded, though,' explains Cruthers, 'so it can be saved for future views..." and watched at 1.5 speed. Gail Baumlein, National dean of Nursing Programs at Chamberlain College of Nursing, insists that such media features are crucial to Chamberlain's students because of the busy schedules of nurses. "Our nurses can listen to heartbeats and see how blood flows through the body in their online classes. ... The e-learning industry has become an exciting market for online platforms like Coloquy and WiZiQ. This is because while educational content evolves gradually, the methods for delivery have rapidly transformed and improved, creating a network of students, teachers and education service providers (ESPs). ... Each segment presents a rich consumer base for online tools, and in education, "Anything that puts tools in your toolbox is 'hopeful',' says Cruthers. Cruthers predicts that online learning will grow faster in higher education, where creative, cutting-edge learning technologies are merging. ... "Since thousands of students join WiZiQ each month, many ESPs are finding new business through WiZiQ - students contact the ESPs from the website.' -Harman Singh CEO of WiZiQ

Blended learning for lunch at the University of Surrey
Nellie Deutsch

We were delighted to welcome Nellie Deutsch to lead a session on navigating the live virtual environment last week. At Surrey we have an internal network of academic and non-academic practitioners who are interested in exploring different technologies in their learning, teaching and research. We also had fantastic guest presenters - Gladys Gahona, Ludmila Smirnova, Gita Mathur, Sui Fai John Mak, Mark Cruthers – our Surrey network found the session really inspiring and carried on talking for ages afterward.

Blended learning goes cloud-based learning goes mainstream
Mark Cruthers

Blended Learning – The new norm? Blended Learning is now mainstream in K-12. How do I know this? For starters, as an educator, I live, eat, and breathe this. Beyond that, though, two anecdotes are indicative of a much larger trend that is increasingly easy to observe: a discussion with a friend and my district’s adoption of cloud tech. I had a discussion with a friend of mine two years ago. She is a wonderful sub at my high school and is on the board of a feeder school district here in California. She asked me: “Have you heard of cloud-based learning?” Yes, me, the original consulting teacher for WizIQ and for a time, WizIQ’s biggest US evangelist, said with a smile, “Yes, I sure have.” Then I said to my friend: “So are you saying your school district is all about cloud learning now?” ”Absolutely, yes,” she responded. Then, the very next year, my high school (Rancho Cucamonga H S), along with my district, , adopts “School Loop“, a cloud based grading and communication platform. So my school district (Chaffey Joint Union High School District) is now fully involved in blended learning which is quickly evolving into more fully cloud-based learning. By the way, what caused my High School district to adopt School Loop is the fact that all of our feeder districts K-8 had already adopted it. We were essentially last in our area. Its clear that K-12 education has come to terms with cloud-based education. This will move the Education Technology revolution forward. K-12 is now on the path of using more and more Ed Tech, most of which will be on the cloud because of reduced costs and increased efficiencies, as well as improved collaboration potential. This realization of cloud-based learning by K-12 educators across America opens the door for a myriad of hosted tools (like WizIQ, among many others), to further enhance education around the world. It’s a step by step process. In many cases: ‘baby steps’, to quote Vince Leung of MentorMob. So it’s mai

Leadership Quadrangulation, not Student Strangulation
Mark Cruthers

As a high school teacher and student of history one of the key lessons history offers is the critical nature of leadership. There is a parade of examples throughout all of recorded history that shows nations rise and fall with leadership. If you were to talk with the Army at historic West Point they would call their institute on the Hudson a “leadership laboratory”. If you talk with leadership experts, and yes, leadership expertise is an industry in itself, they would tell you that leadership is the most critical factor for the success or failure of an organization. Whether it is a business, a military unit, a nation, a family, a classroom, or a school, leadership primarily determines their success or failure. The College Board The College Board, as part of its mission, conducts massive research to explore what causes or prevents academic success. Why are some students successful and others not as successful on the College Board’s popular exams? These exams check for actual college readiness prior to college entrance through the SAT. The AP exam checks for content knowledge and skill level at an acceptable introductory college level standard. If the standard is successfully met, 90% of colleges will give credit and/or advanced placement. As an Advanced Placement teacher I have read this research over the years and was attracted to two themes. The College Board has determined that the teacher is the most critical factor related to student success on the annual AP exam. Because of this, the College Board puts much support behind AP teacher professional development. The College Board endorses consultants and institutes for the purpose of training and developing new and seasoned AP teachers and administrators. As an AP US History exam reader, in addition to the goal of reading a thousand exams in seven days, the reading itself is a very important professional development experience for my colleagues and me. It also serves as a giant collaboration opportuni

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