Bio – Rob Siegel
Rob received his B.A. in Ethnic Studies and an Elementary Teaching Credential from the University of California. He moved to Chile, South America with his family in 1972 and made Chile their home for 25 years. Although he worked for 15 years with large multinational firms such as Mobil Oil, NCR and Digital Equipment Corporation, his curriculum work on global understanding for the United Nations, experience in multicultural awareness and appreciation for diversity all underscored research in the area of the social sciences which led to an M.A. in Humanities. In Chile, Rob piloted his research in education for transition toward a global society, obtaining approval by the Ministry of Education of that country for use in an English immersion school that he started. Extended research in the USA and further studies led to a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership and his Continuing Administrator License from the University of Oregon, USA.
Rob has been living in Oregon since 1997 where he is currently serving schools and school districts. Since 2005, he is a faculty member in the College of Education at Oregon State University where he assisted in developing the Double Degree Program and online Mentored Masters Graduate Program in Education. In addition to teaching graduate classes at OSU, Rob was Assistant Researcher at Portland State University for STEM education and is now serving as the Coordinator for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiatives for southwest Washington under the Educational Service District 112 (http://web3.esd112.org/stem).
He served as a member of the Oregon Social Science Content and Assessment Panel as well as the Oregon Department of Education Assessment Advisory and Standards and Assessment Task Forces under the Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction. His most current statewide contribution was as a member of the Essential Skills Task Force as part of the draft work for the Oregon State Board of Education on the new Oregon High School Diploma requirements. Representing the Parkrose School District, Rob worked with a team at the Multnomah Education Service District on developing Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) for the Math Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
He enjoys volunteer mentoring of Latino students, teaching spiritual education classes for children and playing his guitar and singing songs from the 60′s in his spare time. He released an album with friends called “Introducing Chandler, Siegel & Edwards” which is available from CDBaby. In April 2010, the group released their second album “Journey Between Hearts”. For more information about the group and the recent second album, click on the group’s official website here.
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