Welcome to Jason
September 1, 2006 was the start of an entirely new career for me.
Retiring in 2006 meant it was thirty years since completing my
doctorate (1976) and starting my incredible career involving the
future: thinking about it, teaching about it, designing (and
building) a building for it. My career was my trip to the
moon! Retiring allowed me to turn my time and energy toward
doing something I really enjoy doing: teaching young children
My (on-going) life as a husband, father, grandfather and
- Lois and I were drawn toward each other in 1966 by our travel
experiences and interests. That has continued throughout
our lives and Travels
with Lois and Jason captures many of our wonderful
- The poem The
Owl's Answer in many ways summarizes my views toward life,
and learning as the greatest journey which we can experience.
1974 Experiences describes the chaos in my life as a
doctoral student, but still rings true after all these years.
- The 2013 Culver City Education Foundation President's Award
Community Service (see fourth picture down) was very nice
recognition of the years of volunteer support that Lois and I
contributed to Culver City schools.
My (retired) life as a Math coach
In October 2006 I started teaching math enrichment classes twice
each week to 4th and 5th grade students at Linwood E. Howe
Elementary, a Title 1 school that serves a broad cross section of
eastern Culver City. In March, 2008 I organized a Los Angeles
County-wide Math Olympiad Tournament, which is now an annual
event. In 2010 I started teaching a "Math4Parents" class for
the elementary school parents. In September, 2012, I introduced my
"legacy" project, extending the math enrichment which I did at one
school via Mathlete Clubs at the other four Culver City
schools. In August, 2014, I was asked by a LA
School District teacher for my lessons on mathematical problem
solving to help her introduce the Common Core curriculum, and in
September I learned about Cognitive Guided Instruction, an
incredible pedagogical approach to teaching mathematics which the
Culver School District adopted and which matches what I've been
trying to do for years. Retirement could not be more fun!!!
- From 2007 until 2013, my UCLA colleague and friend Ruth Sabean
team taught with me at Lin Howe. We met each Tuesday and
Thursday morning to plan lessons and discuss how the
students reacted to our approach to teaching problem
solving. Together we created a series of lessons on
mathematical problem solving which are now available via the
Problem Solving, and has enabled us to share our hard
thinking with other teachers beyond our two classrooms at one
- Culver teachers are receiving extensive training on
Cognitive Guided Instruction, but they told me they needed
additional information to assist them migrate from the
traditional teaching approach to this incredible individualized
student oriented approach. In response, I've created an
annotated web site to CGI
- The Annual Los Angeles County-wide 4th and 5th Math
Tournament draws 150 "Mathletes," 30 five-person teams,
for a day of individual and team events. Most of the
attending schools are now repeats, indicating just how important
this academically challenging event has become.
- For the historic record (and to remind me that this really
happened) here is a link to my
year at Lin Howe.
My (former) professional life at UCLA Anderson School
The most amazing aspect of my life right now (2014), is that it is
like the person who lived my former life was some one other than
me. I've selected the links below as they give a good overall
picture of my time at UCLA.
- My role as Assistant
and Director, Anderson Information Systems 1980 - 2006 is
nicely summarized in the School's retirement article.
- My primary research area was tracking the introduction and
impact of computer technology in the university environment, as
reflected in Annual UCLA
Survey of Business School Computing Usage conducted
between 1980 and 1999.
- The article The Information-Age
Mindset: Changes in Students and Implications for
Higher Education, the cover story in fall 2000
EDUCAUSE Review, captured the behavioral changes in our
university students that I had observed. I think this was
the most important article I had written.
- As an instructor, my courses where almost always future
oriented: I taught an "office automation" course in the
early 1980s, which reflected the early introduction of word
processing on computers. I taught an introduction of
computer technology course in which the students developed the
specifications for the first microcomputer for the Anderson
faculty. The 1999 description for my Managerial
course (using what was then "emerging" technology)
with its focus on the future, has a fun set of starting
questions, many of which we can answer now.
- Toward the end of my UCLA career, I conducted several
workshops on the Library
the Future, building on the work we did on integrating the
UCLA Anderson School library and computer organizations.
- The decade of the 1990s focused on planning and then
implementing AndersoNet, at the time, the most advanced
computing and network environment in any university. These
Photos show all the spaghetti wiring which all those users
never saw, but made it all possible.
- To make the record complete, this link
takes you to my research page. Also, in 2002 I started a
history of computing at Anderson and time
line is fun to review!
These five links were integral to the
organization of my original set of web pages and are left here for
You can reach me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
created September 15, 1996
updated November 6, 2014