About John Andrew Harrold, George Stuckey & America's 21st century National Road Scholars

EDITOR'S VIEWS

Who cares? So what?

Some readers may try to deflect the trajectory of this work with the cavalier response "Who cares" and "So what". The authors accept the challenge and reply thusly : We have queried interested people across America. Their replies are predictably varied, but what they have in common is that they care about the people who follow us - our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Here are descriptions of people who care.

1. People with money, not necessarily a lot of money who want to see it grow and maintain purchasing power. Inflation is the culprit. There are strategies to attenuate and forestall inflation. President Gerald Ford tried to employ them in the mid - 1970s. His WIN buttons, Whip Inflation Now were of minor value but his FED chief, Paul Volker used other strategies to quell inflation.

2. Anyone who wishes to live a long and healthy life

3. Anyone who wishes to live in a clean, friendly, secure and attractive community

4. Anyone who would like a desirable occupation

5. Anyone who wants an ethical, transparent government

6. Anyone who hopes his children and grandchildren have full and satisfying lives

7. Anyone who sees advantage in knowing more than one language

8. Anyone who takes a justifiable pride in America

 

Here are groups of folk who care. What are the questions which reveal "So What"?

a. What is United about the United States of America?

b. How do we get and grow into a good occupation?

c. How do we complete Jerry Ford's vision of Whip Inflation Now?

d. How can we best monitor the growth and development of children?

e. How can we ensure that we live in a healthy community?

f. How do we best enjoy travel to other countries?

g. How do we better understand ourselves and others?

George Stuckey, LEARN OR DIE Editor

 

LEARN OR DIE AUTHOR BIO-SKETCHES

CHAPTER ONE

John Andrew Harrold

John Andrew Harrold is the founder and chief administrative officer of 21st Century Learning Communities, LLC (21st CLC,LLC). The purpose of 21st CLC, LLC is assisting communities define and access the knowledge of most worth for the attainment of high quality community life and enduring economic well-being. Harrold believes that learning is a lifelong endeavor and so he views all communities as classrooms without walls. He currently "walks his talk" by active involvement as Commissioner, Cumberland Plan Commission, Commissioner, Cumberland Redevelopment Commission, Board Member, Hancock Community Education Alliance, Inc., and Chairperson of the Administrative Council, Old Bethel United Methodist Church, on the economically depressed Indianapolis East Side. His handson orientation to community life is a good foundation for serving as Senior Scholar, Vision Based Community Development, Institute for 21st Century Learning.

John Andrew Harrold also has an outstanding background with complex delivery systems and state education agencies (SEA). John's first appointment at the Indiana Department of Education was in 1972, in the role of State Social Studies Consultant. He was well prepared for that assignment since professionally he had two graduate degrees and extensive experiences as a classroom teacher and department chair. Additionally, John had experienced a nationally funded fellowship at Indiana University with the Social Studies Field Agent Training. All went well until 1976 when John was reappointed to a 12-year assignment as director of the Department's Division of Curriculum. The assignment included redesigning Indiana's Gifted and Talented Program and Home Schooling Program. Additionally, John's initial assignment included changing Indiana's curriculum into an easy to address, systemically integrated whole. John had more questions than answers with the third curriculum directive by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. John has also served the Indiana State Board of Education as chairperson of Indiana's Textbook Advisory Committee and executive director of the Indiana Curriculum Advisory Council. Later in his experiences with the SEA, John addressed the school accreditation challenges of non-public schools, unconventional educational delivery systems, and a range of distressed and failing school systems.

George Stuckey

George Stuckey is currently the Senior Scholar for the New Global Economy and Executive with the 21st Century Learning Communities, L.L.C. He serves in the same capacities with the Institute for 21st Century Learning. He has been actively involved with designing learning communities which give all citizens access to learning opportunities which liberate and enlighten wherein citizens are limited only by their interests and abilities.

As a consultant and advisor to school communities across the state he assisted them with strategic planning for school improvement. Several of those communities evolved into nascent learning communities and centers of interest for all citizens of those areas. One community, Gary, designed a comprehensive plan for systemic school and community improvement called Genesis 21: A Strategic Plan for Systemic School and Community Improvement. This plan would unite higher education with Pre - K to adult learning in the community. It included a Community Report Card to provide evaluative data and benchmarks for program administrators and citizen participants. He has been the State of Indiana's Director of Staff Performance Evaluation and was also the Director of Teacher Quality and Professional Improvement Program. He has demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of people collaborating productively through his participation on numerous higher education evaluation panels; his role in the development of the Hammond Center for Leadership and School Reform; and the creation and facilitation of the Indiana Teacher Leadership Academy.

CHAPTER TWO

David A. Mueller

Dave and his wife Patty and three rambunctious dogs live transitionally between 4 acres outside of Indianapolis, IN and a new home on Beaver Island, MI. When not cutting grass or doing finish carpentry, Dave is president and managing partner of KCDM Associates, Inc., a 32 year old organization development and career management consulting firm headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. Though his work has included a broad variety of clients and opportunities, his focus has always been on helping individuals and organizations discover the joy and capacity of doing good work, work that adds significant value to its community and provides satisfaction and meaning to individuals. Of late, Dave has been working primarily with clergy and churches in an effort to help them challenge the paradigms that may keep them stuck in the past while honoring the traditions and gifts that give them a rich sense of meaning. The key to Dave's work is in creating space for listening, reflection and dialogue.

Educationally, Dave has a BA from Valparaiso University and graduate work in theology at GTU in Berkeley, CA and education at UC, Berkeley. He serves as vocations faculty for the CREDO Institute, Philadelphia, PA and as a Senior Scholar for 21st Century Leadership, The Institute for 21st Century Learning.

CHAPTER THREE

William J. Riggs

Dr. Bill Riggs has served the children and families of Hancock County for two decades as Superintendent of Schools, Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. Dr. Riggs also is an active community member through board memberships on such economic and education ventures as Hancock County Economic Development Council and the Hancock Community Education Alliance, Inc. He is an active member of the American Association of School Administrators and is recognized throughout Indiana as a "go-to" person when the issue is students and their needs. Dr. Riggs was instrumental in landing for Hancock County citizens a Lilly Foundation grant for $5.8 million. The grant was for the enhancement of technology based learning for both youth and adults and the improvement of information literacy throughout the county. Dr. Riggs holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision earned at Indiana State University. He serves the Institute for 21st Century Learning as

Senior Scholar, Citizens' Community Connections.

Francis M. Duffy, Guest Contributor

Francis (Frank) Duffy is currently a Professor of Public Administration at Gallaudet University. He has also served as an honorary faculty member in the Harvard Graduate School of Education sponsored by Professor Chris Argyris. He is the co-director of FutureMinds: Transforming American School Systems, a nationwide initiative to transform school systems launched by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT); and he is a member of the AECT Board of Directors. Frank addresses groups of educators from foreign countries in presentations on change leadership that are sponsored by the American Councils for International Education and the U.S. Department of State. At Gallaudet University, Frank designed a Change Leadership Academy for teams of educators from schools for the deaf to train those teams about how to create and sustain whole-system change. He has published nine books on how to create and sustain systemic transformational change in school districts and he is the founding editor of Rowman & Littlefield Education's Leading Systemic School Improvement Series. His ninth book is titled Dream! Create! Sustain!: Mastering the Art & Science of Transforming School Systems. He may be contacted at duffy@thefmduffygroup.com or 443-472-0216.

CHAPTER FOUR

Marianne E. Inman

Dr. Marianne Inman is President Emerita of Central Methodist University (CMU), a statewide institution with its main and original campus in Fayette, Missouri. She served as President for 18 years, retiring in June 2013. Dr. Inman's higher education administrative experience is extensive, as she came to CMU from Northland College in Wisconsin where she served for five years as Vice President and Dean. Prior to that, she was on the faculty and administrative staff of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage for 11 years. Dr. Inman's education is focused on the study of languages, linguistics, and communication in education. She received the B. A. with highest distinction in French, Spanish, and English secondary education from Purdue University, the M. A. in French Literature and Linguistics from Indiana University, and the Ph. D. in applied linguistics and foreign language education from the University of Texas at Austin. During her doctoral work she was named Fellow of the Graduate School and also received a research grant to assist in the preparation of her dissertation, the results of which were included in the report of the national President's Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies.

Dr. Inman has served on a number of national, state, and regional boards, including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, the University Senate of The United Methodist Church, the Missouri Humanities Council and the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Great Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The colleges and universities that Dr. Inman has served share the themes of enrollment growth, curricular innovation, successful fundraising through both general operations support and targeted campaigns, Board development, and fiscal strength through sound budgeting and financial management. Dr. Inman brings these experiences to her role as Senior Scholar, The New University, The Institute for 21st Century Learning.

CHAPTER FIVE

Wilma S. Longstreet

Dr. Wilma S. Longstreet is a nationally recognized authority on both pre-K - Life curriculum and future social-economic trends for which today's curriculum serves tomorrow's citizens. This serves as a summary of Dr. Longstreet's groundbreaking 1995 book, Curriculum for a New Millennium (co-authored by educational futurist, Harold G. Shane, Indiana University).

Dr. Longstreet was selected in 1990 by the 88 members of The Indiana Curriculum Advisory Council as one of the nationally recognized scholars to be selected for Indiana's Panel of Experts. Panel of Experts members had the responsibility of reviewing and commenting on the state policy documents associated with the State Board's 21st Century Schooling Program.

Longstreet at the time of her Council identification as a national authority had served as dean of education of both DePaul University (Chicago) and the University of New Orleans. At the time of her Council selection, Dr. Longstreet was continuing her commitment to all our children as Professor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of New Orleans. Dr. Longstreet serves the Institute for 21st Century Learning as Senior Scholar, Qualitative Action Research.

CHAPTER SIX

John Andrew Harrold, George Stuckey, and Institute Scholars

(Harrold's and Stuckey's credentials are addressed under Chapter One.)

CHAPTER SEVEN

Nelson L. Noggle

Dr. Nelson L. Noggle is presently the Executive Director and Owner of the Centers for the Advancement of Educational Practices [CAEP]. He has worked with 34 state departments of education, over 200 school districts, and in the US Trust Territories and Europe. His work was originally focused on improving educational assessment and evaluation, but about half of his career was spent assisting private-business, social-services and government-run organizations in the areas of organizational planning, team effectiveness and program development, in addition to program evaluation. He was Vice President of the Thoren Group, Lab Director for ASU College of Education, Principle Evaluator for RMC Research, Senior Consultant for NWREL/TAC, and Division Director for SRA/IBM. His main drive throughout his career has been to help people work together and cooperatively, with a special attention being given to helping them and their clients/customers as "learners". The motto of his current organization, CAEP, is: "Freeing people to learn in any setting!" He is currently in preparation for publishing two books: [1] Acquiring Spiritual Self-Esteem, and [2] Living Beyond The Box. His desire as a partner in the Learn or Die effort is to help people at all levels of society to feel empowered and educated so that they participate in the democratic process towards continuous improvement and the celebrations of life. Dr. Noggle serves as Senior Scholar, Complex Systems Evaluation, Institute for 21st Century Learning. Dr. Noggle can be reached at caepnoggle@cox.net and 480-236-9641.

CHAPTER EIGHT

Christine J. Owens

Christine Owens is "one of the best I have worked with" observed two-term District # 4 Town Council (1996-2003) member John Andrew Harrold.

Owens, as director of the Town of Cumberland's Department of Planning & Development is responsible for guiding growth and development within the Town. That is a big assignment because Christine Owens mission is to guide social, economic, and sustainable growth and development through the protection of historic and natural resources and provide diverse housing and transportation options. Owens directs a Department which has responsibilities for current planning; zoning; long-range and special area plans; redevelopment, economic development, building permits; inspections; and code enforcement.

She also is responsible for providing administrative support for the work of the Plan Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Redevelopment Commission and the Parks Advisory Council. Christine Owen came to Cumberland in September 2008 well prepared for the her complex range of responsibilities. Prior to Cumberland, Christine served as Director of Planning for the Town of Avon, Indiana. Before that she was Community Development Planner for the City of Valparaiso, Indiana. Christine also serves as Senior Scholar, The Charter of New Urbanism, Institute for 21st Century Learning.

Kim Brand

Kim Brand serves the Town of Cumberland as the Vice President of the Redevelopment Commission. He is a business person who is both entrepreneur and inventor. Brand is President, Computer Experts, Inc.; Partner, Server Partners, LLC; Partner, Names Tech, LLC; and General Manager, Weifang (PRC & Indianapolis) 3D Precision Machinery Manufacturing, LLC. Kim serves on a broad range of information technology-related boards and he also serves as adjunct professor, Foundations of Legal Informatics, Indiana University of School of Informatics, Indianapolis. Kim Brand currently serves as Senior Scholar, 21st Century Information Technologies, Institute for 21st Century Learning.

John Andrew Harrold

(Harrold's credentials are provided under Chapter One.)

Nelson Noggle

 

(Noggle's credentials are provided under Chapter Seven.)

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