LIZ GOLDMAN, EDUCATION RESEARCHER, RUNS FOR SCHOOL BOARD
A retired education researcher and writer with RMC Research (Portsmouth, NH) Liz Goldman is running to serve on the Dover School Board for Ward 2 to support public education in our community. Public schools uniquely serve all children, regardless of life situation, and are held to high standards. As a parent and education researcher she is familiar with the challenges public schools face today, from closing achievement gaps and meeting mental health issues to finding and keeping great teachers. As a contributor to the federal National Blue Ribbon Schools program, Goldman has worked to identify and document successful school practices around the country.
Goldman earned a BA in English Literature and an MA in Religious Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. A native of Texas, she spent her childhood in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and has lived in New York, New Mexico, Hawaii, and France. A freelance writer on a range of topics, she is the author of the Young Adult reference book, Believers (Oxford University Press 1996). Believers profiles 45 religious leaders from Moses to the Dalai Lama and won an award from the New York City Library Association.
She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several Seacoast schools, including New England College, New Hampshire College, and Great Bay Community College, teaching English Composition, Religions of the World, Ethics, and The Short Story.
Her education research began with Education Development Center (Waltham, MA) and continued at RMC Research before retiring in late 2019. Under an RMC contract with the National Foundation for Literacy, she translated research findings into more accessible language and developed material to aid parents with low literacy in encouraging their children to read—in their day, these were some of the most highly requested publications of the US Department of Education. She also documented early successes with the federal Reading First program in Alabama public schools and for the No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon Schools program, she collaborated with a filmmaker to produce short documentaries on high-performing schools, and how they got there.
As president of Temple Israel, Dover, Goldman oversaw a sizable budget and recognized the struggle between needs and resources. She is committed to responsible, effective school spending. An active citizen, she has served on Dover’s Energy Commission, where she ran a film series on the environment, the Cocheco Waterfront Development Advisory committee, where she effectively championed the use of native plants in the landscape, and the Transportation Advisory Commission, where she advocated for public transit, among other safety measures.