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This interview was conducted on September 2, 2020 with James Decker via Zoom conference from his home outside of Portland, Oregon. James has been teaching for 20+ years within the Salem Keizer Public School system. His path to teaching began with his experience as a camp counselor for children of special needs. Until last school year, he was teaching seventh grade social studies. Just days before the interview, he accepted a new position teaching social studies to sixth graders in a newly formed online academy within the same school district. James describes himself as a project-based educator, and is very excited about the opportunities remote education presents for both educators and students (e.g., increased one-on-one interaction between him and his students; work/life balance that comes with flexibility in schedules.) His experience with school administration, in terms of communication and flexibility in approach, have been mostly positive.
Nicolette Lodico is an archivist and knowledge manager who specializes in helping people and organizations—particularly those whose work supports the public good—establish sustainable practices for managing both what they create and what they know so they can make informed decisions, be transparent, and minimize risk. She helps organizations tell the story about their work, to reflect on and learn from past work and share that knowledge with those who will benefit, and to provide opportunities for future researchers and historians to examine and evaluate this work. Currently, she is the director of global information and knowledge management at the Ford Foundation where she is overseeing a comprehensive, multiyear oral history project to gather the reflections of key former staff. She also is the former president and emeritus board member of the Technology Association of Grantmakers, a non-profit organization that cultivates the strategic and equitable use of technology to advance philanthropy. She earned her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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