Jul 23 2007
I work now as an artist, after 43 years in the field of education, as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. I live and work in Portland, Oregon. You can reach me by email : kirkdeFord Clear dot net
For the past eight-plus years (1998 through December of 2006) I worked as a consultant with the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Oregon. Part of my work was with the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development in the area of instructional technology.
While working at the Lab, I had the good fortune to work with a great group of professionals at the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium, which ended in 2005 due to the end of the federal contract. I was instrumental in developing a Web site called Digital Bridges that is all about Interactive Videoconferencing and Online Learning.
MORE…about what I am involved with:
I am currently working as a Consultant for the Albina Opportunities Corporation to help them write their second application to the Community Development Financial Institution Fund of the US Treasury. In March of 2011 I worked as a grant writer for Woodburn Public Schools, in Woodburn, Oregon. Washington Elementary School received money from the Oregon Department of Education necessary to help them do the School Improvement Work they want to do at that K-5 school. These funds are for a period of three years.
I have a We-No-Nah Spirit II kevlar canoe, as well as a Klepper double, folding kayak. I have paddled on calm waters all over the Northwest, Alaska, and the Western waters of Canada. In June I did a 63 mile paddle down (going North) the Willamette River with a friend (Jon Skaglund) who I taught high school with when we both were in Petaluma, California. We camped two nights, and finished up coming through the locks in Oregon City, a 42 foot drop through four locks.
Paddling a canoe or kayak is good exercise, and to prepare I do other exercise as well, like Yoga, walking, and step climbing. I live close to Mt. Tabor, which is just 60 blocks east of downtown Portland, Oregon. I climb the steps up to one of the City’s drinking water reservoirs…96 steps up a pretty good incline. Here are some photos: