James A. Cole
30 Seaman Avenue #3I New York, NY 10034
2008 Certificate in Conservation Biology Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Columbia University, New York, NY.
2003 Masters Degree in Educational Administration, Aspiring Leaders Program, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, New York City, NY.
2000 Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY.
1989 BA in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME.
7/04 - present Assistant Principal, Founding Staff Member, Middle School 328, Manhattan Middle School for Science Inquiry. Responsible for administrative and managerial oversight of a middle school in Washington Heights.
8/93 - 6/04 Teacher of Science, Math and Geography, Crossroads Middle School, New York, NY. Crossroads is a small, public school and a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools. In addition to teaching, I served as Dean of Students for three years, was a member of the school cabinet, served on the professional development and personnel committees, the strategic planning committee, and was lead teacher and coordinator of the science department.
7/02 (summer) Co-instructor, Environmental Learning Institute for Teachers, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
7/1999 - 03 (summers) Lead Instructor, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Environmental Science Institute, Princeton, New Jersey and San Jose, Costa Rica. Co-planning and facilitation of a 4-week environmental science institute for teachers.
12/95 -11/96 (summer) Facilitator, Math/Science Fellows Program, Coalition of Essential Schools, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Trainer/Facilitator in a national teacher training project focused on Math/Science curriculum development and school reform.
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.
Fellowships and Awards
July 2006 Harvard Institute for School Leadership, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
July 2003 Organization for Tropical Studies, Research Experience for Teachers Fellowship. This National Science Foundation funded program allowed me to spend five weeks conducting independent research at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica. My research compared the incidences of tree falls and light gaps in two locations: along the forest edge and within the forest interior.
2002-03 Columbia University School of Engineering/Teachers College GK12 Teaching Fellows Project. A National Science Foundation funded project that pairs public school teachers and graduate students in the sciences.
2000-03 Aspiring Leaders Program. A program supported by Community School District 3 providing resources toward my completing certification in school administration at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College.
1999 (July) 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.
1998 Outstanding Teacher Award, West Side Chamber of Commerce.
1994-96 Math/Science Fellowship, Coalition of Essential Schools/National Science Foundation.
Related experience (conferences, institutes)
Institute for Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. As a district representative, attended a workshop series in curriculum development at the Institute for Learning.
Science Core Team , Region 10, District 6. Member of regional team working on science reform initiatives.
New York City Science Advisory Group . Citywide team responsible for developing a science scope and sequence for middle school.
A.J. Muste Institute, New York City, NY. Board of Directors member.
Earthspan, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. Developed science and geography curriculum for Earthspan's "Eye of the Falcon" program and facilitated a one-day curriculum workshop for science teachers in Baltimore.
Environmental Learning Institute, Tuscon, Arizona. Advisory Board 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.
Kappa Delta Phi member. KDP is an international education honors society with a chapter based at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Permanent Certificate in Biology/General Science, grades 7 - 12, New York State
Permanent Certificate in School Administration and Supervision, New York State