Rebecca C. Itow is a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Indiana University. She researches and designs participatory approaches to professional development, focusing on contemporary assessment practices. These techniques help teachers adapt new pedagogical techniques that support connected, networked learning into their curricular designs. She works primarily in technology-rich environments for both teachers and students. Rebecca also studies the implications of assessment practices in classrooms and open digital badge systems. Prior to joining the program Indiana University, Rebecca taught high school English at a public school in Southern California. Interests outside of education include directing theatre, choreographing, aerial circus arts, origami, and glass blowing.