About Us

Each Greenleaf Papanek Publication is Research-Based and Learning Centered.

Greenleaf Papanek Publications integrates the best of educational practices with what the cognitive neuroscience and psychology literature has to offer to date. Our primary interest is focused on ideas and strategies that impact learning. Major concentrations include the concepts of formative assessment, student growth, memory formation, recall, & transfer for sustained learning practices, as well as building capacities for well-being and productive choices and behaviors.

Established in 2005, Greenleaf Papanek Publications is a collaborative effort between Robert K. Greenleaf, E.Ed. and Doris Wells-Papanek, M.Ed. Each of our publications have been developed with the intention of improving the quality of learning and living for students and adults alike in the day-to-day classroom practices as well as at home and play. Toward greater impact on student achievement outcomes, these publications offer reviews of research, literature, and strategies to apply the best of what is known that is credible.

To learn more about our publications, strategies, and learning tools, please contact us at books@greenleafpapanek.com.



Robert K. Greenleaf, E.Ed.

Robert Greenleaf was formerly a professional development specialist at the Education Alliance at Brown University. Having taught in all grades K-12, he has 20 years experience in public education ranging from superintendent of schools to assistant superintendent of schools, elementary school principal, teaching principal, teacher, and special education assistant. He served as adjunct professor at Thomas College in Maine.

President of Greenleaf Learning, a human resource development company he founded in 1987, Bob specializes in educational strategies for understanding behaviors, building esteem and achievement, and brain-based learning. Bob is the author of 8 instructional books, the creator of two double-sided albums and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter. He is the 1991 recipient of the "Outstanding Educator Award" from the Waterville Public Schools in the state of Maine. Bob holds a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, a masters in educational administration from Southern Maine and a bachelor's degree from Nasson College in psychology. 

A past member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International, he won several area and district speech events in the 1980's.


Doris Wells-Papanek, M.Ed.

Doris Wells-Papanek collaborates with educators, practitioners, and learners to design and research contextual learning experiences. U
sing a human-centered action research approach, Doris facilitates sustainable change strategies, co-creates teaching and learning practices, develops formative assessments, and conducts program evaluations. She is the co-author of five research based and learning-centered books focused on ideas and strategies that impact learning. 

With over 25 years of experience in human interaction design, Doris has managed creative teams and conducted human-centered action research studies. She has collaborated with learning organizations such as Waukegan Public Schools, Da Vinci Design School, National Louis University, and University of Illinois. Doris has collaborated with companies such as Apple, Xerox, and Hewlett-Packard. Wells-Papanek has coached learners with diverse needs of all ages, authored multiple articles and papers, and presented at national and international conferences. 

Doris holds a master's in education from National-Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction Design and a bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design in Product and Environmental Design.