Staff of the John Dewey Project

Christopher J. Koliba is the new director of the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education. This year, Chris Koliba published Vital Results through Service Learning: Linking Students and Community in Vermont Public Schools as well as several articles. He has been a leader in starting the ALIVE program as well as supporting a faculty service learning course here at the university. Prior to coming to the John Dewey Project, he spent almost five years at Georgetown University as the Associate Director of the Volunteer and Public Service Center and as a Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations and Service. Chris possesses a Ph.D. and an M.P.A. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He has published several articles on service-learning and action research, and is an experienced trainer and workshop facilitator. He has conducted extensive research on the impact of service-learning upon college student learning. Chris brings to the John Dewey Project a commitment to building connections between educational institutions and local communities, to the analysis of progressive educational policy and the infusion of critical pedagogies into school, community organizations and social service agencies. Chris is administrating the "Democracy in Education, Schools and Communities Initiative" for the John Dewey Project.
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Sarah Page is currently the Business Manager for the John Dewey Project on Progressive Edcuation. She joined the project three years ago as a Graduate Assistant and continues this year as a full time staff member. She completed her Master's Degree in Educational Studies this year and birthed a beautiful baby daughter. Her research focus has been in the area of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in schools. Before joining the John Dewey Project, Sarah was a full time family child care provider for eleven years. Sarah can be reached at

Georgina Achilles rejoins the Dewey Project  as a Graduate Assistant working with the ALIVE Program. Georgina is enrolled as a graduate student in the UVM Counseling Program. As an undergraduate at Johnson State College, Georgina was active with the campus Center for Service Learning, which provided her countless opportunities to learn about and engage in the local and global communities.  From there, Georgina served for two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Vermont Campus Compact. As a VISTA, her project was to start-up a non-profit, the Volunteer Center of Lamoille Valley, in a rural region of Northern Vermont. Being born and raised in Vermont, Georgina feels fortunate to have this opportunity to work with ALIVE and do something constructive in her home state.

Sara Rabin rejoins the Dewey Project part time this, her second year in the Educational Studies Program. She grew up in South Florida and received her B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University in 1997. This summer, Sara transferred from the English M.A.T. program to the Ed. Studies M.Ed. because her interests shifted from classroom teaching and literary studies to social issues revolving around high school and adult learners’ language and writing skills. Sara will be working on the policy outreach inititative as well as coding and editing qualitative data from the past three years worth of research conducted by the Dewey Project.
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