Ronald GallimoreEveryone's a teacher to someone (John Wooden)

Wade Gilbert is a professor at California State University, Fresno. He coordinates the Sport Psychology Option in the Department of Kinesiology. A productive researcher and scholar, he has published many important papers and chapters on coaching and its improvement. In addition to his academic work, Wade is actively involved in the community in various projects aimed at improving the quality of youth coaching. He and his colleagues have identified what they describe as the 4 key outcomes for youth participating in sport:

1. Competence: Sport-specific technical and tactical skills, performance skills, improved health and fitness, and healthy training habits

2. Confidence: Internal sense of overall positive self-worth

3. Connection: Positive bonds and social relationships with people inside and outside of sport

4. Character: Respect for the sport and others (morality), integrity, empathy, and responsibility

For contact information and an introduction to his work, visit Wade’s campus website by clicking here.

Brad Ermeling has a unique combination of experiences working on teacher collaborations as a means of improving instruction. He’s spent more than a decade of experience building learning teams and PLCs in America. Before that, he spent 7 years doing lesson study as a teacher and administrator in Japan. As a fluent Japanese speaker he is one of the few America educators with such extensive experience with lesson study. In addition, in 2003 Brad joined a research team at UCLA and Stanford that had been researching teacher collaboration and learning teams for more than three decades. I had privilege of serving as Brad’s doctoral committee advisor, and as a colleague on the UCLA/Stanford research team. Brad’s dissertation research extended the team’s work to high school settings. After finishing his UCLA doctoral program, the now Dr. Ermeling helped scale the research to districts and schools across the nation.

Claude Goldenberg and I have been friends and colleagues since 1984. He’s now at Stanford University. His website includes many interesting and useful videos, some of which reflect the learning teams research described in other sections of this site. He also has some videos of instructional approaches developed for English Language Learners. Read more about Claude’s work by clicking here.

Douglass Price-Williams is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Psychiatry at UCLA. For twenty years, he and I shared an office suite. We started as colleagues, and became fast friends. Douglass has had an extraordinary life. Not only did he do ground-breaking research in psychology and anthropology, he has travelled to all corners of the world to investigate culture, cognition, traditional healing, shamans, and all sorts of extraordinary phenomena. Just one of his lines of research involved a multi-decade study of dreams. His most recent book recounts an amazing set of observations he made over several decades. Read more.

Swen Nater’s website includes stories about his experiences as a UCLA and NBA player, what he learned from John Wooden, and a blog on teaching, coaching and poetry. Swen was a member of three UCLA championship teams, and was drafted in the first round of the NBA, and named Rookie of the Year. Yet throughout his time as a UCLA player, he never started a game, and never played more than a few minutes. Why? He was the backup to Bill Walton, three-time All American and NCAA Player of the Year. Swen stuck with the team because Coach Wooden taught him that if he did and applied himself he would learn to be a better player, and be prepared for a professional career if he wanted one. Coach Wooden made this clear when Swen was being recruited to UCLA.

Roland Tharp’s home page. Roland Tharp and I have been friends and colleagues since 1968 when we both joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii. His career continues to astonish me for its breadth. In addition to highly productive academic and research career, Roland is a published poet, film and music producer. He recently published a new book summarizing his career-long studies of behavior influence and change. For more information, click here

John Jung, a friend and colleague at Northwestern & Cal State, Long Beach, has an interesting blog page. After retirement he published an account of growing up in Macon, Georgia in the 1930s. His family was the only Chinese family in town. The family operated a laundry, and lived on the second floor. He has since written books about Chinese families who operated grocery stores and restaurants, and a fourth book on Chinese laundries. The books combine scholarship and personal accounts in a compelling fashion, and are written with style and a dash of humor. He’s made some presentations around the nation, and like the book, these are interesting and leavened with humor. For example, take a look at this video posted on Youtube.