Writer -- Educator -- Consultant -- Speaker
Writing has been an important part of my life for nearly 60 years. As a college faculty member for 33 years clarity of instructions and assignments were paramount; writing made that clarity possible. During those years, writing was a constant part of lecturing and designing instruction, developing grant and budget proposals, providing faculty leadership, promoting computing for instruction, and carefully writing literally thousands of exam questions. For the unique self-paced laboratory experiences my courses provided, I published three manuals* I was an advocate and and a member of the evaluation team for a multi-year effort promoting Writing Across the Curriculum.
Following those decades serving higher education, I moved to northwestern Wisconsin becoming a consultant serving school districts, economic development and workforce development organizations, as well as several non-profit boards and small, start-up businesses with grant writing and business planning. For ten years my weekly blog, TGIF -- Taking Great Ideas Forward, was read by hundreds of subscribers who appreciated essays that focused on the busy intersection of ecology and economics with edgy commentary that emphasized education. One result was increasing attention on what I came to call Education Ecology. A 300+ page book with that title has been drafted and is in revision. Along the way I have become increasingly passionate about our schools and the critical need to offer a new paradigm to meet pressing social needs.
I would be delighted to speak to your group. My talks include provocative questions and proactive remarks about education; but, I'm increasingly interested in the conversations and questions, which I hope my commentary will stimulate. Education Ecology, my theme and book title, is all about our relationships and how we can act together to do what is right for each other and for the future. Past is not a predicting prelude but a stepping stone. Our planet needs many ideas to be sustainable and we need to be stewards of the best of those ideas. Trying what we believe will work is part of a process for discovery and learning; taking steps for better ways to work and learn. Working is taking action to do something that will make a difference. Our future is the total of the differences we will make. Innovation is taking new steps with a difference; inventing and reinventing to create a sustainable future.
*Published Manuals -- 1.) "BioMAPP: BioInstructional Objectives for Minicouses in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathobiology." 2.) "After 3 Billion Years: Exploring Contemporary Biology." 3.) "Life: The Fantastic Frontier,"
There are plenty of places to take a story spanning 76 years. What follows will capture what I currently consider important and worthy of sharing because it may be of benefit to someone, sometime, somewhere. The thing about teaching and writing is that you rarely get a glimpse of any impact, especially across a large span of time.
Over 76 years confidence about who I really am has been elusive. Some of that comes from pushing the envelope without knowing the outcome in advance. Nevertheless, over the years I have managed to accomplish a few good things. What follows will be an exposition of my most recent thoughts on a broad range of topics.
Family -- a magnificent blend of children and grandchildren. Parents and Grandparents, a little geneology centered on Sweden. Religion via Iowa.
The Biological Sciences -- my engagement; past, present and future. My mentors and hero's, special interests,
Higher Education -- Mankato & Normandale: The Faculty Positions, Teaching & Learning, The Courses, The Biology Learning Center, Lecturing, Course/Instructional Design, Laboratory Designs, Model Organisms, Experiential Learning, MCCFA, the IDEA Consortium, the Electronic Academy, Video Production, Animations, MultiMedia Ventures, Microscopy.
Photography -- Scientific, Commercial, Industrial, Educational; Portraits and Studios, MCIPA. The Beginnings.
Consulting -- Microbiology, Education (Workstation for physically disabled, Digital Village Application, Educational Techology), Promoting Economic Development (Leadership, Grant Writing, Workforce Development), Supporting Environmental Values and Institutions (LSBF, Advancing the Vision, CEID), Facilitating Dialogue -- Making Connections,
Writing -- Grant Writing, Essays, Writing Across the Curriculum (Evaluation Team), Teaching for Thinking, Computing In Instruction.
Published Manuals -- 1.) "BioMAPP: BioInstructional Objectives for Minicouses in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathobiology." 2.) "After 3 Billion Years: Exploring Contemporary Biology." 3.) "Life: The Fantastic Frontier,"
TGIF -- Taking Great Ideas Forward. Essays spanning 10 years. This began in 2004 when I was president of the Bayfield County Economic Development Corporation. I needed a simple and effective way to remind stakeholders about meetings within and outside the corporation.
Recent Essay Compilations-- The Blog(s).
The Book: Education Ecology; Why Teaching, Testing, Textbooks and Technology are Not Enough.
Public Speaking -- Keynotes, Current Lecture Topics.
The Futures of Education: Change in education is inevitable. Schools and schooling represent an outdated framework for education. The futures of education will emerge and evolve as our biology affirms new social imperatives that assure a sustainable economy and communities of empathy that respect the worth and dignity of individuals.