Joyce Malyn-Smith, a nationally-recognized thought leader in the field of workforce development, brings specialization in effective strategies to promote STEM career readiness and success. She has extensive expertise in facilitating the efforts of business and industry leaders to identify the major tasks, skills, knowledge, and abilities needed by workers in emerging fields and significantly changed occupations. For decades, she has drawn on this expertise to define new career pathways in industries as diverse as manufacturing, social media, and big data.
Malyn-Smith is the Principal Investigator (PI) of several initiatives that focus on fostering key workforce competencies (e.g., computational thinking, computing skills, data literacy) in K-12 students. Working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, she is leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded initiative to expand and strengthen computer science education throughout Massachusetts. With NSF support, Malyn-Smith is also leading a national computational thinking forum at EDC and is heading up an initiative to design online learning experiences that will prepare a large, diverse group of high school teachers to implement the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. In her work for the Oceans of Data Institute, she is co-leading work with four community colleges to create a career pathway model for big data careers.
Recently, through her work on the EDC-led Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network, Malyn-Smith supported Massachusetts' development of new, voluntary digital literacy and computer science standards. As a Senior Research Scientist for the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), Malyn-Smith is collaborating with EDC colleagues and SRI to co-lead community building, technical assistance, and dissemination activities to advance CIRCL's mission to support, synergize, and amplify the efforts of NSF-funded Cyberlearning Program. (View the Call for Participation for Cyberlearning 2017, the fifth national convening to facilitate connections among Cyberlearning researchers across disciplines and with practitioners and stakeholders.)
In her 25 years at EDC, Malyn-Smith has led a long stream of cutting-edge work focused on STEM education and workforce development, including IT Across Careers (ITAC 1, 2 and 3: 2002–2010). As the project director of the U.S. Department of Education's Information Technology Career Cluster, she worked with 13 states to develop a national model which over 45 states and U.S. territories continue to use to design and implement programs leading to careers in Information Technology. For 10 years, she was the PI for the NSF's Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center. She was the PI for the NSF-CISE–funded Computational Thinking (CT) in America’s Workplaces project, which developed and validated core skill sets used by scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians in STEM workplaces. And, she served as PI for the NSF-ATE–funded New Media Enabled Technician project, in which she developed problem-based learning materials to help community college faculty integrate new media skills into technician education programs.
Malyn-Smith co-authored the September 2016 Google Education blog post, “Computational Thinking for a Dispositions Perspective." She has authored or co-authored many articles, white papers, and chapters including "Workforce Education Models for K–12 STEM Education Programs: Reflections On, and Implications for, the NSF ITEST Program" (Journal of Science Education and Technology), "Can CTE Change The Brain?" (Techniques), "Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers: Developing the Next Generation of STEM Talent" (Journal of Research in Technology Education), "New Jobs and New Skills for a Changing Workforce" (Career Planning and Adult Development Journal), and “Computational Thinking for Youth in Practice.”
Malyn-Smith began her career as a classroom teacher and central office administrator for Boston Public Schools—positions she held for over 20 years. Previously, she served as a member of the Massachusetts STEM Operations Board, the Advisory Board for LearningTimes, and the Educational Testing Services' (ETS) Blue Ribbon Panel on Digital Literacy.
She received a BS from Universidad Interamericana in Puerto Rico, an MEd from Boston State Teacher’s College, and an EdD in Bilingual Education Leadership and Career Education from Boston University, where she was a U.S. Department of Education Fellow.