My name is Bill Zoellick. I direct education research at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. Working together with colleagues at the RiSE Center at the University of Maine and elsewhere, I am involved in research in how schools and teachers improve. Some of my research focuses on teacher leadership and teacher communities. Other work focuses on how teachers work with scientists and others to engage students in authentic science that produces useful data — citizen science in schools — while also deepening science learning. And there is yet other work that looks at how students respond to authentic science learning experiences.
I also work directly with schools on improving capacity to improve.
And … I read a lot of about schools and teaching.
This blog is a way to share some of what I learn and to raise questions about what I don’t understand.
About the Opinions Expressed Here
The opinions, views, understandings, and misunderstandings expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of my employer, of funders, or of organizations that I work with. I am indebted to conversations with colleagues in schools, at the University of Maine, at the Schoodic Institute, and from other places for insights, inspiration, new ideas, and interesting problems to work on. I am particularly grateful to the teachers who regularly take time to talk to me at length about what they are doing, what is working, and what concerns them. I hope that some of them will sometimes see their thinking in my work, but it wouldn’t be fair to them to hold them accountable for what you read here.
I should add that I am always interested in new insights and a good counter-argument. So, if you read something here that seems mis-informed, incomplete, or contrary to your experience, please add a comment.