Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education
Home Work Community Publications Contact

The ACASE Community


ACASE is a professional association of scientists and educators founded in 1991. Our mission is to promote scientific approaches to educational improvement and to develop the scientific capabilities of educators, secondary and college students, and the general public. ACASE is a project of the Saratoga Institute, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational institute founded in 1985, and located in Saratoga Springs, New York. The Institute has served as an incubator and home for many innovative educational initiatives.

About Us

Paul Zachos (Ph. D.), Director

Zachos has worked in the field of education for over 30 years, including fourteen as an elementary, junior high, and high school teacher, and twelve as a researcher and planner for the New York State Education Department. As an independent researcher and educational product developer in the last nine years, he has provided services to schools, school districts, and professional educators in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and the teaching of scientific research methods. His specialties and interests lie in assessment, instruction, scientific thinking, and discovery of scientific concepts. Since 1993 he has been the Director of ACASE (Association for the Cooperative Advancement of Science and Education). His research on teaching scientific inquiry and discovery has been published and presented at state, national, and international forums. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Statistics, and an M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Email

Rebekah Rice, Assessment and Instructional Materials Specialist

Rice works with ACASE developing and testing instructional and assessment materials. She is currently refining "Sun and Shadows," an integrated science, math and technology performance Assessment Activity for high school students. Rice has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture from Virginia Tech, she has been an Eisenhower fellow, and is certified to teach both Art and Technology. Her secondary technology students have won first place in a statewide architecture competition and second place in industrial design. Rice has presented at New York State Technology Education Association conferences (NYSTEA), as well as at the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS). Rice has worked for eight years as a consultant trainer for coaches and judges of Odyssey of the Mind and has served as a Visiting Scientist for the Young Scholars program through BOCES, a local educational service agency. Email

William E.J. Doane, Special Programs

Doane holds a Masters degree in Information & Computer Science with a focus on uses of computer technology to support K-12 education. He has recently been working with a National Science Foundation funded initiative in Hawaii with the purpose of developing web-based tools to support teacher collaboration and professional development at a distance. He has extensive experience teaching computer science to students from 9 to 90. Doane is also a founding member of ACASE. Email

Thomas Hick, Research Design Specialist

Hick has been working in the field of educational research for 38 years. For many of those years he served as a researcher for the New York State Education Department, where he conducted and published studies in policy analysis. He has worked as a clinical practitioner in public schools and as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His areas of interest and expertise include research design and statistical analysis, especially in the adaptation of linear models applied to analysis-of-variance, covariance, and repeated measures and regression discontinuity in the context of experimental and quasi-experimental designs. He has published in The Journal of Experimental Education, The Journal of Educational Research, Education and Urban Society, The Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and The Journal of Education and Measurement. Hick is also a founding member of ACASE. Email

Michael Jabot (Ph. D.)

Dr. Michael Jabot is a member of the College of Education at SUNY Fredonia as well as being the Director for the Institute for Research in Science Teaching. He received his Ph. D. in Science Education from Syracuse University. His research has focused on student understanding of physics and astronomy. Dr. Jabot most recently served on the National Strategic Planning Committee with the Smithsonian Institutions and the National Science Resource Center. The Institute for Research in Science Teaching was recently identified as a National GEMS Center (Great Explorations in Math & Science) by the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California Berkeley.

Kenneth Grau (Ph. D.)

"Philosophy begins in Wonder" Plato's Theaetetus[155]
Scientific Philosopher: Instructional Technology
Mathematics & Physics
State University of New York at Albany

Cindy Sargent

Instructional Design
Troy High School

Back To Top

All materials on this website are copyright ACASE. All rights are reserved.
If you wish to use materials found on this site, prior written consent is required. Please contact
Please report any errors on these pages to