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Dr. James Bosco

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Board Secretary Treasurer

Phone: (269) ***-****  
Local Address:  Michigan , United States
WAY Academy
WAY Headquarters 369 Main Street
Belleville , Michigan 48111
United States

Company Description: WAY offers a personalized approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century global and career skills. We aim...   more

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  • bachelor's degree , elementary education
    Duquesne University
  • Master's degree , education
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Doctorate , curriculum research and theory development
    Teacher's College Columbia University
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WAY Program - Executive Bios, 1 Aug 2015 [cached]
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James Bosco is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan Currently he is the Principal Investigator for the MacArthur Foundation/CoSN Project, "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Organizational and Policy Barriers. His work at Western Michigan University involved a series of outreach activities with schools and he was responsible for creating one of the first U.S. online graduate training programs for school district technology directors. He played a major role in connecting schools in Michigan to the Internet and directed one of the state hubs in Michigan which was established to connect schools to the Internet in the early 90s. He was the co-director of a school reform project in a local high school sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation. Bosco served on Senator Carl Levin's technology working group that resulted in a series of school ICT initiatives in Michigan.
MaineScience - Brainpower - News, 20 May 2002 [cached]
"Having one-to-one [computing] is not just the answer," said Jim Bosco, education professor and director of external technology affairs at Western Michigan University's College of Education.Bosco is one of the advisory committee members who will help formulate the project's guidelines.
The curriculum and teaching styles of teachers also have to change, he said.Professional development and curriculum development will play a large role in the project.
"Much as we have textbooks, we are going to have [technology] on a one-to-one basis," Bosco said.
Whenever students share resources - such as textbooks or computers - they only get to use one-third or one-half of the resource.This changes the teaching and learning dynamics, Bosco said.
"The only reason we were sharing resources before was because we couldn't afford [not to]," Bosco said."Computers cost $2,000 to $3,000 then. [They are] much more affordable now."
The state legislature approved $3.5 million for the project in April, and the remaining funds will come from federal grants.Another $7 million is earmarked for the following year.MVU and the Michigan Department of Education will design an evaluation program of the initiative and produce a report at the end of each school year.
Steve Hargadon: May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Media and Participatory Learning [cached]
May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Med... Steve Hargadon: May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Media and Participatory Learning
May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Media and Participatory Learning Join me Tuesday, May 31st, for a live and interactive Future of Education webinar with James Bosco, Principle Investigator at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). For the past 3 years CoSN has been involved in a project which is called "Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy. This project is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and is included in the Foundation's digital media and learning program. Jim asks if "participatory learning" is just another set of buzzwords that will be here today and gone tomorrow?
James Bosco is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1961. His Master's degree in education was earned at University of Pittsburgh in 1963. In 1966, he was awarded a Doctorate from Teacher's College Columbia University with a specialization in curriculum research and theory development.
Bosco is currently serving as principal investigator for a MacArthur Foundation project titled "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Organizational and Policy Barriers."
He has held various administrative positions at Western Michigan University such as the Director of Educational Research, the Director of the Grand Rapids Public Schools - Western Michigan University Center for Educational Studies, the Merze Tate Center for Research and Information Processing, and the Director of the Office of Educational Technology. He was the Chief Research Officer and also the director of External Technology Relations for the WMU College of Education. Most recently he served as the WMU Coordinator for the "Kalamazoo Promise" which began in November 2005. He held this position from March, 2006 until June, 2008.
At the national and international level, Bosco was the 1997 chairperson for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) National Conference and he served as the chair of the CoSN board in 1998. During the period of his chairmanship of CoSN he was involved in efforts to establish the eRate in the U.S. He testified before the U.S. Copyright Commission during the development of the Copyright Millenium Act on behalf of K-12 educaiton. He played a major role in encouraging linkages between educational technology in the U.S. and other nations by establishing an International Committee for CoSN which has had active and effective consequences in fostering international cooperation and collaboration among policy makers and educational leaders with regard to the use of educational technology in schools . He has chaired or co-chaired that Committee since its inception in 1998. He has participated in delegations of national education technology leaders to Europe, Australia, and Scandinavia. James Bosco also co-chairs the CoSN International Symposia which bring together U.S. educational technology policy leaders along with their counterparts from around the world to focus on a key topic on a yearly basis. He was responsible for forming a national consortium and chaired the advisory board of the" Technology Standards for School Administrators. Those standards developed were adopted by ISTE as the "NetsA" standards.
James Bosco's publications over the past twenty years have been focused on the issue of educational and school reform. He was the editor of a special issue of the Peabody Journal of Education titled, "Beyond the Computer Revolution" in the Fall of 1986 and wrote a paper for the issue titled, "The Organization of Schools and the Use of Computers to Improve Schools. In 1995, he was commissioned to write a paper entitled, Schooling and Learning in an Information Society for the United States Congress which appeared in a report by the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment called Future Visions. He wrote the article in the last edition (1996) of the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education dealing with "Alternatives to Public Education. In September, 1999, he completed a study of state K-12 technology networks and was involved in a successful effort to create a national organization for state educational technology directors. Among his most recent work have been invited presentations in Ireland, the U.K, and Australia focused specifically on school and education reform such as: "Toward a Balanced Appraisal of Educational Technology in U.S. Schools and a Recognition of Seven Leadership Challenges:" (Washington D.C. 2003); "Is it Possible to Reform Schools? Toward Keeping the Promise of ICT in Schools" (Dublin,2004); "Building New Schools" Sydney, 2005.)
May 31 - Interview with James Bosco on Digital Med...
E-Wire b1, 8 Mar 2003 [cached]
Jim Bosco, chairman of the collaborative and education professor at Western Michigan University, said tech-savvy administrators are a must in a world of increased accountability.
"The real issue and the reason we took this on was not so we could write a report," he said."It was so we could have a document that was very significant, substantial, and could bring the change we need.Now the task is figuring out how we begin to accomplish this throughout the United States."
Bosco said "serious interest is starting to emerge" from colleges and universities interested in using the standards, and Knezek said the standards give state boards of education "a great opportunity to require technology for new administrators." But, despite the interest, both admitted it will take a lot of hard work before the standards become commonplace across the United States.
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