Cross-perspective

Consulting

I retired in 2012 from full-time teaching at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. 

I was one of the founding teachers of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, in 1971. During my twelve years at Crossroads I wore many hats. In the early days, we developed the curriculum literally on a day-to-day basis. I was primarily responsible for the development of globally oriented humanities program, which from the beginning was based on an inductive, experiential approach. I started the Outdoor Education program the first year of the school. After a few years of running the program as part of my teaching load, we were able to hire a full-time program director. I continued to oversee the program in my role as Assistant Headmaster and continued to participate as a trip leader. During my twelve years at Crossroads the program grew into an exemplary program. During the summer breaks, I worked at a camp on Catalina Island as Waterfront Director and eventually serving as Camp Director.
 

The next 8 years were spent at Westlake School for Girls (now coed Harvard-Westlake) where I served as History Department Chair.  During this time I developed a new course, known as History X (X for experimental), which combined Modern European History with hands-one Studio Art. Meanwhile, I continued to "peak bag" in the Sierra. I took the snow and ice-climbing course from Rainer Mountaineering, during which we successfully summited Mt. Rainer. This motivated my climbing partner and me to climb the Mexican volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Orizaba.

When the two schools merged, I accepted an offer to teach history at Chadwick School, in Palos Verdes in 1991. Their commitment to outdoor education was one of the attractions. In addition to my classroom teaching duties I worked with the Outdoor Education director to build the program. I instructed rock-climbing on the annual 7th grade trip to Joshua Tree and participated in numerous climbing, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and river rafting trips. Eventually, I assumed an administrative leadership role in the OE program. We established an Outdoor Program Advisory Committee to oversee the program, which I chaired. (This was right after the Oregon Episcopal tragedy, which raised the issue of the relationship between outdoor programs and school administration). Chadwick was one of the early adopter of the AEE accreditation program, and I participated in its initial, and subsequent, accreditation processes. I maintained my involvement though OPAC until my retirement.

With the support of the school, I engaged in a number of other relevant activities. I served on the Board of Directors of the Boojum Institute, an OE program provider in California. While on the Board, I oversaw the successful AEE accreditation of the organization. One of the more interesting opportunities I has was to participate in an experimental top-rope course instructor AMGA course. All participants were experienced climbers and instructors, and the leader conducted a series of discussions, which drew upon the collective insights of the group to develop standards for top-rope sites. The school also supported my Wilderness First Responder certification through Wilderness Medicine Institute and my attendance at several Wilderness Risk Managers conferences, beginning at Estes Park, in 1995. As a result of this involvement with outdoor education, I also became associated with the Association of Experiential Education accreditation review process for adventure programs. I now serve on the Accredication Council.
 
For the last years at Chadwick, I also was the Director of Global Opportunities and led the development of a more globally engaged curriculum and program. In that role, I oversaw the school's application and acceptance as a member of Round Square, an international consortium schools committed to the global application of the principles of Kurt Hahn. Additionally, I had the opportunity to study with Merry Merryfield of Ohio State University, a leader in the field of global education. Crossroad was an early member of the Global Education Benchmark Group. I have worked with GEBG to develop Global Education Standards for US Independent Schools and now serve on the Board of Directors.
 
I bring to the areas of global education, adventure-based eduuation, and risk management the perspectives of teacher, parent, instructor, and administrator.