Social Studies teacher, supervisor twenty-eight years. U.S. History, A.P. Economics, American Government, A.P. American Government & Politics, Law in American Society, Personal Economics. Chaired various professional development committees including Master Learning, Response to Nation at Risk, Curriculum Development, Social Studies electives. Served on Elected Teachers Council.
At the risk of being overly simplistic, I would humbly suggest that the word development encapsulates what I hold to be the essence of what attracted me to education as a career in the first place and what has nourished and informed my teaching to this day. For the majority of my career I have tried to share with as many colleagues as possible my developmentally informed educational teaching style. Specifically I have tried to glean from the research and theory of Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg insights into how best to stimulate, nourish and foster every studentâ€™s personal growth in a variety of ways. I have worked hard to develop student cognitive reasoning as they advance from Piagetâ€™s concrete operational stage to formal operational thinking and their moral reasoning through Kohlberg's stages of moral development. I have learned and tried to share with others, the insight that without a sound grounding in these adolescent stages of development, the best lessons of history, literature, philosophy, government, economics and most complex disciplines can never be fully appreciated and confronted, much less mastered. How can a student understand the majesty of our democracy as eloquently penned by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, that â€œgovernments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governedâ€ without a solid intellectual base grounded in the Piaget and Kohlberg typologies.
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Carnegie Mellon University Doctorate History/Education 1988 University of Northern Illinois Administrative Certification Principal/Asst. Superintendent Department Chair Certification University of Chicago (summer) 1978 University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A Political Science University of Wisconsin-Madison B.A. Political Science
Have had dissertation translated by Israeli Ministry of Education for training of teachers. Similar treatment in Japan at Institute of Moralogy, Kashiwa Presenter at NCSS, ASCD, PDK, NMSA, AME for over thirty years. Conducted workshops in/at Israel, Japan, UCLA, Harvard University, University of Akron