43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Heidi Larson specializes in networking and collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. She advances a diverse array of initiatives focused on these and other key aspects of education reform.
Larson is the State Outreach and Cross-REL/Technical Assistance (TA) Coordinator for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. In this role she oversees, promotes, tracks, and reports on overall state and TA center outreach, needs assessment, and collaboration, and oversees REL-NEI’s popular Reference Desk. In addition, she is a TA liaison and education technology community of practice lead for the Investing in Innovation Fund TA program, led by Westat, and is developing online instructional modules about the use of social media in growing a business for EDC’s Social Technology Enabled Professional program.
Previously, as the co-director of the Virtual Education Initiative for the New England Comprehensive Center, Larson helped education decision-makers understand the benefits and challenges of virtual and blended learning and develop strategies for advancing programs. She has also worked on research and evaluation projects at EDC, including studies on the impact of technology in math and on professional development as well as opinions and attitudes toward open-source online assessment delivery platforms.
Larson’s key interest is on how mobile technology and social media can benefit teaching and learning for educators and administrators (read blog posts by Heidi on "Helping Entrepreneurs and Educators STEP Up to Social Media" and "Augmented Reality: Good for Schools?"). To this end, she co-developed and co-facilitated an online course assisting teachers in building the language skills of English learners, and is working with graduate students to both help ESL teachers understand the power of mobile devices in expanding their adult students’ learning (see Ed. Magazine article “Have ESL, Will Travel”) and to enhance visitors’ experiences to the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail via AR. She has presented at numerous conferences on these topics.
In 2016, Larson was honored into the Consortium of School Networking Volunteer Hall of Fame for the fourth time for her work on the Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative. (Read a blog post by Larson about the evolving role of mobile devices in education.) She also volunteers for her local education foundation and is the chair of a local scholarship fund for high school seniors.
Before joining EDC, Larson was an adult computer instructor, an educational software reviewer, and a professional development instructor on postsecondary online education. She also developed numerous websites and online courses for small businesses.
Larson received a BA from Colby College and an EdM from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has certificates in online course facilitation from Cerro Coso Online and website technologies from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.