Gregory Bryant specializes in the education and professional development of students, teachers and administrators with a focus on progressive and constructivist elementary mathematics, the sciences and technology. As a credentialed public and community based teacher, his work is designed to support the public and private sectors by expanding the development and retention of mathematic and science students in local schools and industry. He works with teachers, community, public and civil servant groups pursuing career growth and lifelong learning. His 30 plus years of experience as an educator congeal to support all entities that promote education and share an interest in building a viable civic, socially successful and ecological future.
Grace Arnold’s career as an educator spans over 45 years and includes many honors and achievements, and a myriad of successful experiences in every facet of public education, from classroom teacher to Bilingual Coordinator, Instructional Advisor, Principal, and Director of Charter Schools, which served to authorize and supervise the development of start-up and affiliated charter schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As Principal for over 13 years, Grace served in several schools including two prominent magnets for racial integration – the Balboa Gifted Magnet and the Open Magnet Charter School, which was the recipient of the California Distinguished School Award during her tenure. In 1996, Grace founded The Open Charter School Institute: Constructivism in Action, which took place annually for over 10 years during her tenure and after her retirement.
Grace received her PhD in Comparative and International Education from UCLA, and was selected by the School of Education to deliver the keynote address at the graduation ceremony. Her dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association for Bilingual Education. Her publications include articles in the Journal for Staff Development and the book Bilingualism and Literacy, which she co-authored with James Williams.
As co-founder of Arnold Educational Consulting, Grace continues to provide support and professional development in leadership to schools. She has served on several school Boards and continues to be actively involved in Design Based Learning. Currently, she is an adjunct professor in the MA and Teacher Education Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and has served in this capacity for nearly 15 years.
Richard Kahn is Core Faculty in Education at Antioch University, where he oversees, teaches, and advises for the Master’s in Education, Leadership and Change degree program. He recently completed a three-year term as an elected member of the Executive Council for the American Educational Studies Association, and as a Board Member of the organization’s prestigious journal, Educational Studies. He serves on numerous other journal editorial boards, and has previously served as Co-Editor of Issues in Teacher Education, for the California Council on Teacher Education; as Editor of Green Theory and Praxis: The Journal of Ecopedagogy; and as Book Review Editor for the Journal for Critical Animal Studies (a journal and field he helped to found). He is also the Founding Editor of The International Journal of Illich Studies.
He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of four recent books, including: the award-winning Critical Pedagogy, Ecoliteracy, and Planetary Crisis: The Ecopedagogy Movement (Peter Lang, 2010), which has received a new Chinese translation in 2013, and a Korean translation, 2015; Education Out of Bounds: Reimagining Cultural Studies for a Posthuman Age (Palgrave, 2010), which is blurbed by Michael Hardt and is considered a foundational text in education theorizing the political valences of posthumanism for pedagogy; The Global Industrial Complex: Systems of Domination (Lexington Books, 2011), that includes chapters from authors such as Noam Chomsky, Andrea Smith, Vandana Shiva, Ward Churchill, Carl Boggs, Toby Miller, Cary Nelson, and Peter McLaren; and Greening the Academy: Ecopedagogy Through the Liberal Arts (Sense, 2012), that champions the reconstruction of the academy through a reinvigorated and radicalized educational movement for “humanitas” and which includes new work from noted figures such as Bill McKibben, David Greenwood, Timothy Luke, and Greta Gaard. The last two books won AESA Critics Choice Book Awards in 2013.
Working primarily within the traditions of critical theory and critical pedagogy, Kahn’s abiding scholarly interest is in researching the history of social movements as pedagogically generative forces in society, especially as they take the form of a worldwide movement of movements, and then also in critically challenging the role dominant institutions and ideology play in blocking people from teaching and learning in ways that might contribute to the realization of greater planetary freedom, community peace, and happiness-in-diversity.
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A middle school science teacher for 25 years, Fred Chapel brings to Antioch a passion for action research, student motivation, and methods for stimulating, facilitating, and understanding classroom discourse. Fred was selected to attend a master class on Grounded Theory given by Barney Glaser, PhD., and has been involved as a research consultant on teacher action research projects. In his role as an instructional leader, Fred served as an elected representative on his school’s LEARN governance councils and Instructional Transformation Teams to bring about reform in instructional practices. He has also been a curriculum advisor for the development of LAUSD’s Middle School Science Curriculum Guidelines. He has been awarded four grants to develop an effective science program and to design and implement instructional training programs. In addition, Fred has presented numerous professional development workshops in science instruction and techniques for English Language Learners at conferences for the California Science Teachers’ Association, the California Educational Research Association, the California League of Middle Schools, the California Council on Teacher Education, The University of Wisconsin La Crosse, and for the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts. He was also selected to join Earthwatch Research Teams in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution to study Amazonian katydids and the Royal Society of the UK to study climate change in the rainforests of Borneo.