Goddard College, M.A. 2008
Paul grew up in NYC and attended progressive schools in Manhattan. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1990 with a BA in Psychology. He has been an elementary classroom teacher in both public and independent schools for 24 years, and he helped to found the Salmonberry School in Eastsound, WA, where he continues to serve as Head of School and intermediate grades teacher. He earned his MA in Partnership Education from Goddard College in 2008. For five years he served as a Contributing Editor for Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice and has published many articles on holistic education. In 2011 he joined the SDGI faculty. In 2016, he helped to found the Holistic Education Initiative. He continues to write and enjoy public speaking. His recent talks have included a TEDx talk on Deep Learning and a Podcast interview for Meetings with Remarkable Educators.
He is deeply committed to holistic and humanistic forms of education and believes that all the bureaucracies of the modernist era, including mainstream education, are desperately clinging to outdated paradigms and structures. Our evolving human consciousness is in dire need of new models and counter-hegemonic visions. The Self Design Graduate Institute represents one such beacon of hope. Here learners are guided and mentored to cultivate their capacity to powerfully author their own journeys of discovery. SDGI has coalesced an incredible group of inspiring faculty members who are committed to realizing the transformative potential of intimate mentor-learner relationships, and SDGI provides the models and structures to bring these relationship-based learning journeys forward. He has been excited to be part of this organization, and looks forward to deepening his commitment to its growth and success. It is an honor to offer leadership to this caring learning community.
- Swarthmore College, B.A. 1990