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David Dockterman

David Dockterman

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1988)
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Office:  Longfellow 327
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Faculty Assistant:  Judith Wasserman


David Dockterman operates at the intersection of research and practice. In 1982 he helped found Tom Snyder Productions, an early pioneer in educational technology, while getting his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the last 30 plus years, he has continued to balance lives in the academic and publishing worlds, serving now as Chief Architect, Learning Sciences for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In both roles, Dockterman supports the development of research-driven innovative practices to tackle challenging educational problems. At Tom Snyder, and later at Scholastic and HMH, he designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including: Decisions, Decisions; Science Court (which was also a highly-acclaimed TV show on ABC Saturday morning); and The Great Ocean Rescue. Most recently, Dockterman served as a key advisor for the development of MATH180 and READ 180 Universal. His long-time Harvard course, Innovation by Design, fosters an iterative, agile approach to innovation across a range of educational issues. His new course on Adaptive Learning delves into new ways that technology can support personalized learning in different contexts and for individuals and groups.Productive failure and a growth mindset fuel innovation and learning, and Dockterman has become adept at infusing the underlying research from behavioral psychology and cognitive science to foster those dispositions among students, teachers, and institutional leaders. He is a Fellow of the International Society for Design and Development in Education, an Editorial Board Member for the journal Science of Learning, and a Senior Fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.

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Areas of Expertise

"Designing Placemark," in Educational Technology,(2002)

Cooperative Learning and Technology

Bringing the Computer into the Social Studies Classroom

Weaving Technology into Your Teaching

"Choices, Choices" series (software)

"Decisions, Decisions" series (software)

"Geography Search," updated version (software)

"Science Court" series (software)

"Science Seekers" series (software)

"The Great Ocean Rescue" (software)

"The Great Solar System Rescue" (software)

"WebPageBuilder Online Service" (software)

"Science Court/Squigglevision" series (television)

FASTT Math (software)

GO Solve Word Problems (software)

Thinking Reader (software)

Science Court Explorations series (software)

Great Teaching in the One Computer Classroom


Carlisle School Committee,(1997-2006)





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