Board of Directors
John Zola served as the Director of School and University Partnerships at the University of Colorado School of Education where he taught social studies methodology courses over the past two decades. Throughout his career, John developed interactive teaching materials and trained colleagues in active learning strategies and Socratic seminars. He has presented workshops that help teachers make the voice and work of students central in the classroom. Many of these workshops were presented in countries of the former Soviet Bloc where they helped to promote the skills and dispositions needed in the new democracies. John currently conducts in-service trainings on Socratic seminars, civic education and teaching strategies in a variety of locations around the United States, Central Europe, and Asia.
For more information, visit www.johnzola.com
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Raymond is a self-employed editor-translator based in the Netherlands. A member/supporter since the late 1970s of the India Committee of the Netherlands, he was one of the founding members (in the mid-1990s) of the initial chapter in the Netherlands of Ashoka – Innovators for the Public, and has been a friend and supporter of the Educational Society of Malopolska (MTO) in Nowy Sacz, Poland, since the early 2000s.
Sonia is a retired Nurse/Health Educator from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a group manager/organizer/instructor for several groups involved with a variety of programs in Poland, including a one-week course for high school students to learn how to set up and run a business (Nowy Sacz, 1995, in cooperation with Lake Erie College, Painesville Ohio), and a one-week workshop on creating the beginning of an ongoing coalition of educators, parents, students, volunteers and laying the foundation for basic change (Nowy Sacz, 1996).
David has spent 35 years engaging with the concept of civil society and in the work of civic leadership and collaboration. He’s worked with hundreds of communities and organizations both domestically and internationally and has conducted leadership development programs for thousands of people seeking to exercise civic leadership more effectively. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Kansas Leadership Center. He’s the co-author with Ed O’Malley of For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership (KLC Press, 2013).