Paul Michael Bocko (MS)Project Director, Horatio Colony Project
Antioch New England Institute
Department of Education
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Highest DegreeMS, Antioch University New England
Other Degrees & CredentialsBA, Sociology, University of New Hampshire
As an ANE Adjunct Faculty Member, I teach courses for the Education and Environmental Studies departments that engage pre-service and experienced teachers in turning theory into practice. Courses include Real World Learning and Connecting Curriculum & Community. In addition, I advise students completing practica, research, and master's projects.
The primary focus of my work is public school reform. My personal mission is to lead with integrity to create professional, strong, and peaceful learning communities.
As an Antioch New England Institute (ANEI) Project Director from 1997 to 2007, I managed place-based education, public programming, and trail maintenance at the Horatio Colony Nature Preserve and Rachel Marshall Outdoor Learning Lab (RMOLL), guided families to access and apply for school choice as Placement Counselor for the Monadnock Region Public Schools of Choice (MRPSOC) project, coordinated a twenty-member graduate student staff, and managed ANE's community service programs in association with Campus Compact for NH.
I received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Hampshire majoring in Sociology — 1992. I completed my first masters degree at Antioch University New England (ANE) receiving a Master of Science with an environmental education concentration — 1995. I will complete my second master degree — Master of Education in Administration and Supervision with Principal Certification — at ANE in the Fall of 2007. I consider my most successful work to be serving the Keene, NH community to guide K-12 students in the stewardship of almost 3,000 acres of green space through the Horatio Colony and RMOLL projects. Prior to working at ANE, I worked as a caretaker for the Green Mountain Club in Vermont and began my efforts to improve public schools as a Teacher / Naturalist working for the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, NH.
My full-time position is Visiting Instructor of Education at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. I coordinate with Amherst public school teachers and College faculty to design and implement innovative science and inquiry-oriented projects in K-12 classrooms and research of the initiative's learning outcomes.