I live in Providence, Rhode Island. I have been a professor of K-8 science education at Rhode Island College since 1990. In addition to teaching and committee work, I served as principal investigator of two National Science Foundation-funded K-8 science local systemic change initiatives and directed the Science and Literacy Integration Project. I'm particularly interested in using scientists' notebooks as a place for learners to think as well as document hands on, inquiry-based science. I'm also interested in Japanese lesson study as a strategy for professional learning.
Previously, I earned an undergraduate degree at Earlham College, a master's degree at University of New Hampshire, and doctorate at University of Nevada , Reno. I taught in public schools for 11 years before I started my position at Rhode Island College.
I like to travel. In January 2006 I was an Earthwatch Institute Education Fellow in central Kenya working along side Kenyan research scientists investigating the declining population of Grevy's zebra. This was an extraordinary international experience in learning how conservation
biologists conduct field research and collaborate with the Samburu, nomadic herders of livestock.
I have two adult children, one in college and the other who is working. My wife Susie and I enjoy traveling together. We visited Ireland, Great Britain, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, and eastern Europe. To keep the pounds off and maintain some balance in my life during the seasons, I enjoy playing
tennis and squash, riding my road bike, and birding occasionally. I'm learning to use a digital SLR and Adobe Photoshop CS. We have season tickets to to our local theater. And, I'm active in my church.