Who We Are

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James J. Bishop is a retired educational administrator. He is a member of the National Executive Committee  of Americans for Democratic Action and the Franklin County Democratic Party Executive Committee, former Dean of Students Amherst College, former Director of Ohio State University Young Scholars Program, former interim President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, former Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BS degree from LeMoyne-Owen College and PhD in Chemistry from MIT.

“CAPE Provides: A Vision of American Public Education advocating principles & policies that positively impact public schools as well as what & how students learn.”

~ Jim Bishop, PhD

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Carol Brown Dodson is a retired English language arts educator and past president of the Ohio Council of English Language Arts. In addition to teaching high school English and serving as department chairperson, she was the Columbus City Schools K-12 English language arts supervisor, English language arts consultant for the Ohio Department of Education, and outreach and language arts specialist for the Ohio Resource Center at Ohio State University. Her bachelor’s degree is from Ohio Wesleyan University, and her master’s degree and education specialist certificate are from The Ohio State University.

~ Carol Brown Dodson

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Linda Fenner has degrees from The College of Wooster, Kent State University, and The Ohio State University. She has worked in a variety of educational settings in roles that included teacher, language arts consultant, school librarian, curriculum director, STEM project manager, and school district superintendent. Her dissertation focused on using student portfolios to examine learning cultures, how students determine the value of their work, and how they construct arguments.

~ Linda Fenner, PhD

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Margaret (Peggy) Kasten is a retired mathematics educator. In addition to serving as a high school mathematics teacher and an elementary mathematics supervisor, she was a mathematics consultant at the Ohio Department of Education for nearly 20 years, a faculty member at Ohio State University, and retired in 2011 as Director of the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science and Reading. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Missouri (in 1969 and 1973 respectively) and her PhD is from Ohio State University.

“Sometimes when evidence suggests otherwise, Margaret Mead was right: {“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”} High quality public education for every student is essential for the American Dream”

~ Peggy Kasten, PhD

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Frank L. Schiraldi has worked at both the K-12 and higher education levels in Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in 1965. His master’s degree is in political science from the University of Akron. His PhD is from the Ohio State University. He worked as a high school social studies teacher and coach for more than a decade. He then went to work for the Ohio Department of Education as Social Studies Consultant eventually becoming Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the Urban Schools Initiative. After leaving the ODE he was director of School Improvement at the Springfield City Schools and ended his professional career as Chair of Professional Education at Central State University.

“Our system of public education is the envy of the world; its preservation is essential to the well-being of our democratic society.”

 ~ Frank L. Schiraldi, PhD

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Mark Stewart is a retired educator who worked in both Columbus and Dublin City Schools. He received his B.A. in English and history from Bowling Green State University (1968). He earned an M.A. (1973) and a PhD (1980) in history for the Ohio State University. Dr. Stewart is widely regarded as a pre-eminent social studies educator with tremendous influence on both social studies curriculum and instruction. He served on the development teams for both Ohio’s Model Competency-Based Social Studies Program and Ohio’s Academic Content Standards in Social Studies. He has authored a number of thoughtful articles for the well-known and scholarly “Ad-Lit” Journal available on-line at the Ohio Resource Center.

“Since the beginning of our nation, public education has been a linchpin of American democracy. We must defend the institution against attack while we work to expand excellence and equity.”                                          

~Mark Stewart, PhD

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Frances Smith Strickland is an education psychologist and former First Lady of Ohio. She graduated from Murray State University in 1963 with a degree in health and physical education. She taught at Westport High School in Jefferson County, Kentucky and worked at various residential programs for children. She received her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1976. After she graduated she served as a public school psychologist for many years.

“There must be a group that stops and thinks about what is happening in public education and works for the long view. That’s why I am pleased to be a part of CAPE.”

~Frances Strickland, PhD