Dr. John Forbes

Subject Expertise: Science Education, Technology Integration, Formative Assessment, Education Administration and Leadership, Inquiry-based Learning
Education: EdD from University of California, Davis; MA in Education Administration and Supervision from California State University, Fresno; BS in Physics from Taylor University
Hometown: Peoria, IL, but lives Fresno, CA today
Home Church: Woven Community Church, Fresno CA


I believe in the power of reflective teaching, thoughtful instructional design, and application of education research. I am especially passionate about seeing the results of when teachers implement active learning strategies that empower students to own their learning. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assessment directors, workshop presenter, and administrator at the K-12 level and community college level. Currently, I am the Dean of Instruction for the STEM Division at Clovis Community College where I support instructors in delivering instruction that creates opportunities for students.

Professional Experience: High School Physics/Math Instructor, High School Administrator and Principal, Dean of Instruction for Clovis Community College

Scholarly Interests: STEM Education, Technology Support of Student Achievement

Honors and Awards: ASCD Emerging Leader, California ASCD Board Member, President Clovis Swim Club Boosters


Forbes, J. D. (January 2011). A Model for Success: CART’s Linked Learning Program Increases College Enrollment.

Forbes, J. D. & Richelieu-Saunders, C. (2008). How we reinvented the high school experience. Educational Leadership. 65(8).

Young, I. P. & Forbes, J. D. (2008). The Way and Stay (Attraction and Retention) of Newly Appointed Urban Teachers: A Public Relations Concern. Journal of School Public Relations. 29(3). 360-377.

Forbes, J.D. (May 2008) Salient factors of urban teacher job attraction related to job satisfaction: An empirical study. Research Symposium for CSU-Fresno/UC Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, UC Educational Research Center (UCERC), and Center for Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Dissemination (CREAD). Fresno, CA.

Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 ~ "I can do all this through him who gives me strength."

Favorite Music: Inspirational Hip Hop and Gospel

Favorite Activities: Running, Swimming, Being Outdoors

Family Info: Wife and two boys

What I Like About FPU: Commitment to excellence; personal, professional and spiritual growth.