2008 Annual Report
Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Spotlight on Education


John Seely Brown, Scott Fisher, and Erin Reilly brainstorm ways to deepen and document the learning impact of GMRI’s Vital Signs program.

GMRI’s education initiatives are guided by a dedicated mix of local advisors and nationally recognized luminaries from the fields of education and technology:

  • Anita Bernhardt, Science & Technology Specialist, Maine Department of Education
  • John Seely Brown, author; Co-chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge; Trustee, MacArthur Foundation
  • William Burke, Chairman Portland Sea Dogs
  • Doug Caldwell, retired middle school teacher
  • Chris Corbett, Civic Leader
  • Scott Fisher, Founding Chair, Interactive Media Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
  • Suzanne Hamlin, Founder Transformative Knowledge Group
  • Dana Hutchins, Founder, President, and Creative Director, Image Works
  • Chris Mackie, CIO, Open Health Tools
  • Penny Noyce, Trustee, Noyce Foundation and GMRI Board
  • Roy Pea, Stanford School of Education
  • Derek Pierce, Principal, Portland Expeditionary Learning High School and GMRI Board
  • Erin Reilly, Research Director, Project New Media Literacies, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC
  • Jeff Sandler, Founder, Mr. and Mrs. Fish Marine Education Program
  • Steve  Shane, Ed.D., retired educator

We are humbled by their commitment and inspired by their vision of what we can accomplish, both here in Maine, and to advance science education more broadly. This group exposes us to cutting-edge innovation and new ways of approaching education challenges. They push us to think critically about how we will sustain and scale our programs. They offer invaluable insights on how to go about evaluating our impact on such hard to measure dispositions as critical-thinking, problem- solving, collaboration, and communication. They encourage us to harness the power of systems design to reimagine Maine’s science learning environment and give us the confidence and credibility to rally a cross section of the state’s thought leaders behind a vision of science literacy for all Maine students. 

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