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Paul Bocko

Antioch University New England

Paul Bocko, M.Ed., M.S. is Teaching Faculty in the Department of Education. He teaches in the Experienced Educator and Integrated Learning programs. Courses taught include Real World Sustainability, Place-based Education, the Learning-Centered School, and Building Inclusive Learning Communities. He serves as the Internship Coordinator for early childhood and elementary education certification students. Research and special interests include sustainability education, place-based education, professional learning communities, sociocultural theory, reconstructionism, problem-based learning, and project-based learning.

Paul is a Critical Skills Master Teacher and School Reform Initiative National Facilitator. He also serves as Project Manager for the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve, 645 acres of uplands, wetlands, and diverse woodlands in Keene, NH. He will earn his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst College of Education in 2019. His research focus is how teachers guide K-12 students to solve real world problems as they fully participate as citizens and ensure that future generations can meet their ecological, economical, and social needs.

Educational History

  • PhD, Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (TECS), Teacher Education and School Improvement (TESI), expected May 2019
  • MEd, Antioch University New England
  • MS, Antioch University New England
  • BA, Sociology, University of New Hampshire

Sociocultural and reconstructionist theories of education

Educating for sustainability

Problem-based learning

Thinking in systems

Place-based education

Environmental and nature-based education

Teacher education and development

Professional learning communities



Bocko, P. (2016) Synergy between problem-based learning and educating for sustainability: A review of the literature. In R. Papa, & A. Saiti (Eds.), Building a sustainable future in education: Brick by Brick (Chapter 11). New York, NY: Springer.

Bocko, P. (2014). Leverage point: The shifting landscape of teacher evaluation. In D. Sobel, P. Bocko, & S. J. Gentile (Lead Authors), National action plan for educating for sustainability (pp. 18 – 19). Boston, MA: Hougton Mifflin Harcourt.

Sobel, D., Bocko, P., & Gentile, S. J. (Lead Authors). (2014). National action plan for educating for sustainability. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bocko, P. & Saba, R. (Eds.) (2000). Rachel Marshall Outdoor Learning Laboratory teacher resource book (2nd ed.). Keene, NH: Antioch New England Institute.

Bocko, P. & Denehy, S. (1998). Pondering vernal pools. Connect, Teachers’ Innovations in K-8 Science and Math, 11 (3).

  • Project-based learning.” Antioch Center for School Renewal, Gill Elementary School, Gill, MA 2017-2018.
  • Professional Learning Communities for Science Education,” Antioch Center for School Renewal, School Union 28, Erving, MA 2016-2017.
  • Place-based Education and Outdoor Learning Labs,” Student Conservation Association, Massachusetts Corps, Hawley, MA, October 2016, 2017.
  • Critical Skills Level I Institute,” Antioch Center for School Renewal, Cluny School, Newport, RI, June 2016.
  • Inquiry Science,” Antioch Center for School Renewal, Pelham School District, Pelham, NH, June 2015.
  • “Developing Collaborative Curriculum Maps,” Collaborative for Educational Services, Bement School, Deerfield, MA, 2014-2015.
  • “Positive, Engaging Classrooms Using Critical Skills and IB,” Pentucket Regional School District, West Newbury, MA, August 2014.
  • “Building District Determined Measures,” Collaborative for Educational Services, Hopkins Academy, Hadley, MA, May 2014.
  • “Building Capacity for Teaching Literacy Across the Curriculum,” Collaborative for Educational Services, Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District, Southwick, MA, March 2014.
  • “Looking at Student Work,” Collaborative for Educational Services, HEC Academy, Northampton, MA, March 2014.
  • “Creating District Determined Measures,” Collaborative for Educational Services, Hatfield School District, Hatfield, MA, January – March 2014.
  • Critical Skills Level I Institute,” Antioch Center for School Renewal, Green School, Bali, Indonesia, September 2013, February 2014.

Teaching Faculty,


Project Manager,

Horatio Colony Nature Preserve

School Coach,

Antioch Center for School Renewal


Courses Taught

  • Leading with Data: A School Profile
  • Problem Solving Science
  • Real World Sustainability
  • Place-based Education
  • Problem-based Learning
  • School Change
  • Community Partnerships
  • Connecting Curriculum and Communities
  • Real World Learning
  • Experiential Education: Learning in Meaningful Contexts
  • Curriculum Design: Environmental Education
  • Environmental Education Methods: Public Schools
  • Environmental Education Methods: Service-Learning

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