James A. Cole
9/00 - present Masters Degree in Educational Administration (in progress),
5/00 Awarded a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology, Teachers
1989 BA in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME.
8/93 - present Teacher of Math and Science, Crossroads Middle School,
7/99, 7/00, 7/01, Lead Instructor, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship
12/95 -11/96 Facilitator, Math - Science Fellows Program, Coalition of
Essential Schools, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
10/90-8/94 Lead Instructor/Assistant Coordinator of Alumni Programs, New York City Outward Bound Center, New York, NY.
5/90-6/91 Field Supervisor, City Volunteer Corp, New York, NY. Supervised groups of 17-21 year olds engaged in a year of service and educational development in a program similar to AmeriCorp.
Previous to 1990 Worked for a variety of educational programs with an emphasis on environmental studies and group development including Voyageur Outward Bound School/Minnesota, Interlocken/New Hampshire, Arlington Outdoor Education/Massachussetts and Mount Desert Island Public Schools/Maine.
Fellowships and Awards
2002 Columbia University School of Engineering/Teachers College GK12
2000 Aspiring Leaders Program. A program supported by Community School
1999 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship offered me the opportunity to study science education issues within the context of environmental science, specifically, biodiversity and environmental change in Costa Rica.
1997-98 Science Outreach Fellowship, Rockefeller University. A two year
fellowship, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which provides
science teachers the opportunity to participate in biomedical research
at Rockefeller University. In my second year, I also worked with the program
director to plan and facilitate teacher meetings.
1994-96 Math/Science Fellow, Coalition of Essential Schools/National Science Foundation. A two year fellowship, based at Hampshire College and Brown University in curriculum development, team management, school reform, and math and science content.
Related experience (conferences, institutes)
New York State Audubon/West Harlem Environmental Action Spring 2002 workshop series for teachers focused on local environmental issues, sustainability, and curriculum development.
District 3 Science Advisory Committee member
American Geological Institute, Alexandria, VA. 1999 middle school curriculum project pilot test teacher.
Standards and Alternative Assessment in the Middle School workshop presenter, fall 1998.
Education for Thinking: goals and methods for the middle school years I participated in this two-day institute at Teachers College, spring 1998.
Environmental Sustainability in High School Curriculum Workshop participant, presented by the American Forum for Global Education, spring 1998.
North Dakota Study Group participant and presenter, winters 1998 and 1999.
Kappa Delta Phi member. KDP is an international education honors society with a chapter based at Teachers College, Columbia University. Members are admitted based on academic excellence and commitment to the field of education.
98, 99, 2000 Teacher Incentive Grant awardee.
Teachers for Tomorrow, Mentor Teacher. September 1994 - June 1996. Also, I have worked with several student teachers from Teachers College.
Urban Ecology Workshop Series, Central Park Conservancy, NY. Spring 1996. Series of four teacher trainings focused on ecology and curriculum development.
Integrating Science, Math and Architecture, Salvadori Center, City College, NY. Summer 1994/95. An institute for middle school teachers with ongoing networking meetings.
Institute on Geography and Mapping, Bankstreet College, NY. Fall 1994.
Alternative Schools: Networking for Change Conference Coordinator,
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME. March 1993.