25 Years as a classroom Social Studies teacher and school Administrator. Areas of expertise inclusive of creativity and problem solving, character education, classroom management and innovation, gaming simulation and literacy review.
A child who truly embraces knowledge, understands its implications, applies creative and critical thinking skills, and practices problem solving is one that will grow and act to make the world a better place. It is my belief that such a premise is not overtly rooted in any deep educational theory or stored in a remote location where only learned scholars can tap its meaning and significance. It is found in a very simple, yet profound and powerful educational methodology designed to provoke and excite the mind of any child who has the good fortune to be in its path. Simply, I speak of “engagement in the learning process.” Student Engagement in Learning is best characterized by the application of effective teaching methodologies that foster active and meaningful participation in the educational process. The manner in which a student within the confines of an educational environment learns, appreciates and applies knowledge through interaction is in fact the cornerstone for substantive and definitive learning at any age level. If our goal is to want our students to become effective learners and enjoy the process associated with education, we need to engage them in that process. Any educational pedagogy or systematic learning philosophy that eliminates such active involvement is one that falls short of providing the student a personal, meaningful and productive way in which to learn.
Presentation to Congressional Sub Committee on Labor and Education (2007)_ Patriot Award: (2007) Presented by the Air Force National Guard to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the lives of individuals. Destination Imagination Creativity Awards: (2006) Given in recognition of leadership of the organization. Arkansas Destination Imagination: (2006) In recognition and appreciation for the assistance in the development of Arkansas DI. Community Partner Award, College of Education, University of Denver: (2004) Given in recognition for assistance in the development of educational programming for youth. Telly Award: (1978) Given to individuals who have strengthened the visual arts community by inspiring, promoting and supporting creativity. The Communicator Award: (1998)The leading international award program which honors creative excellence in visual communication.
BS in Education, Villanova University M. Ed.: Rutgers University
As an educator and child advocate, Bob Purifico has vested his entire career in helping kids to truly make a difference. A graduate of Villanova University where he received his undergraduate degree, and of Rutgers University where he received his Masters degree in Education and administration, Bob became the Executive Director of the now Destination ImagiNation organization in 1995 and remained in that position until November of 2007. His roots in the organization date back to its inception in 1978 when it was once called the Olympics of the Mind and Bob, then a Social Studies teacher, became one of the very first Team Managers in the program. Bob grew professionally as an educator going from the classroom to a district coordinator, clinical teacher for then Glassboro State College and then Principal of a Middle School in New Jersey. During this period of time, he concurrently served as a seventeen year volunteer for the nonprofit organization which has become known as Destination ImagiNation, Inc. and has also served as Chair for the Board of Visitors for the University of Scranton. His DI organizational resume includes time served as a Team Manager, Appraiser, League Coordinator, Regional Director, New Jersey State Director, and appointee to the then OM Association, Inc. Board of Trustees in 1985, a position he maintained until his departure as the most senior Trustee of 22 years. During his relationship with DI, Bob enjoyed the honor and privilege of speaking on behalf of the organization regarding creativity and problem solving on three different continents as well as throughout the United States and Canada. Now over a quarter century old, Bob helped Destination ImagiNation, Inc. to be true to its mission and created a vision which has seen the organization expand at one time into a Community of 8 different programs touching forty countries and every state within the United States. Currently, Bob has come out of semi-retirement to help tackle one of the most pressing social issues of our time, the topic of “bullying” and how it relates to Pro-Social Behavior. As the CEO and President of the third nonprofit organization he has helped to build, We R 3C, Inc. is an organization that presents a holistic approach to dealing with topic of Character Education and bullying in a manner quite different than others. As a processed-based sequential learning curriculum, it speaks to the responsibility of community in dealing with the topic in a manner that articulates kindness, compassion and respect. The holistic approach of the We R 3C™ Program ends up becoming intrinsically motivated behavior demonstrated and practice by participants. Although young in its development stage, the We R 3C™ Program and methodology has thus far received rave revues and has been noted as the missing piece in Character Education.
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