Rich Cairn, Northampton, Massachusetts


Organization(s): Hampshire Educational Collaborative
Position(s): Director Teaching American History Program
Work Setting: K-12
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What I Do
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    Interest Groups
    Professional Learning Communities, Peer Helping, Peacemaking/ Violence Prevention, Organizational Change, Leadership Development, Gaining Administrative Support, Environment/ Sustainability, Character Education, 40 Developmental Assets (Search Institute), 21st Century Learning/ Global Education, Research, Rural Service-Learning, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Small Schools

    Where I Work
    Suburban, Urban (large city), Urban (small city), Rural

    Who I Work With
    Community-Based Organizations, Higher Education, K-12

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    Short Description of My Current Work
    I direct a graduate program in history education for K-12 teachers. Our program features service-learning projects with local museums and historical societies. I also coordinate a regional service-learning network.

    Professional History
    VISTA; 1987-1993 - Publications and Policy Director, NYLC; 1993-2006 - Service-Learning consultant at local, state, and national levels; 2006 - Direct History-Focused Professional Development program, featuring service-learning.

    Professional Expertise/ Passions
    Priority:
    Program and organizational evaluation.
    Teacher and administrator training.
    Additional Expertise:
    Network development. Curriculum integration. Classroom assessment. Use of data. Policy. Program development.  

    What I'm Most Excited About in My Current Work
    We are helping teachers to integrate service-learning deep into the core academic curriculum. We will employ student performance data to help schools plan to more effectively teach history. There is great potential to provide professional development and evaluation services throughout the Northeast.


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