Miriam Hutchins, North Bay International Studies Project (NBISP) Director, has been with NBISP since 1994. She has implemented dozens of programs in International Studies and History/Social Science over the past 16 years. During her tenure, NBISP has collaborated on and received over $7,000,000 in grants. With NBISP District partners, Ms. Hutchins has written six Teaching American History grants since 2002, and written four Fulbright grants, two to Brazil (1999 and 2001) and two to the Philippines (2006 and 2008).
Nancy Case-Rico, Adjunct Professor, School of Education, SSU is the Educational Specialist for NBISP. She has been involved in teaching history/social studies and teacher support for 18 years at all levels (primary-middle-high school-and college.) Ms. Case-Rico is the Professional Development Director on TAH Petaluma grant, working with teacher leaders and university staff. She has assisted several districts as a literacy/ELL specialist with training, coaching in best practices, and facilitation of instructional and curriculum improvements. Recently she supported the development of RTI (Response to Intervention) systems for the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD). She also provides coaching in effective ELL instruction, project-based learning, writing across the curriculum, and curriculum integration. One of her strengths is supporting the blend of effective instructional practices and meaningful content development. She has directly engaged over 250 North Bay teachers and administrators for six Teaching American History (TAH) Programs.
Sue Olds, Educational Services Specialist, is a consultant with NBISP. Her past experience includes eight years as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Petaluma), nine years as a Emerson Junior High Principal (Davis), and 20 years of teaching secondary social studies and math. She has served as State Chair for ACSA Middle Grades Education, a trainer in Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability for the ACSA Curriculum Academy, and in leadership roles for Smaller Learning Communities, California Distinguished Schools, and Teaching American History grants.
Michelle Jolly, Chair, History Department, SSU has been an academic specialist (US. history before 1900, women's history, and California history) on six Teaching American History grants. Professor Jolly oversees the academic content of the grants, developing and presenting academic content, aligning content to History Standards for 8th and 11th grades, identifying visiting specialists, and modeling best teaching practices. Her current area of Research is Gender and Politics in gold-rush San Francisco.
Steve Estes, Associate Professor, History Department, SSU has been an academic specialist (modern U.S. history, race relations, and southern history) on six Teaching American History grants. Professor Estes oversees the academic content of the grants i.e., developing and presenting academic content, aligning content to History Standards for 8th and 11th grades, identifying visiting specialists, and modeling best teaching practices. He is the author of I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement (2005) and Ask & Tell: Gay & Lesbian Veterans Speak Out (2007).
Margaret Purser, Professor, Anthropology Department, SSU received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. She has been at Sonoma State University since 1989, where she teaches historical archaeology, cultural landscape studies, and archaeological theory, and supervises thesis research design and implementation in the master's program in Cultural Resource Management. She has worked on 19th century era historical projects on Nevada ranching, Sierra Nevada goldmining, maritime cultural landscapes in the Sacramento River Delta, and coffee and sugar plantations in Pacific coastal Guatemala. Since 2000 her principal research project has been on the 19th century Pacific port town of Levuka, Fiji, where she is contributing to the nomination of the townsite and harbor to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Her broader research interests focus on comparative studies of 19th century colonial expansion in the greater Pacific region, maritime cultural landscape studies, and issues surrounding the development of community-based heritage programs in different regulatory contexts. She also serves as an associate editor for the professional journal, Historical Archaeology.