Cindy Hoisington believes that authentic, cognitively challenging science experiences can be transformative for young children and their teachers. She brings to her work more than 20 years of experience teaching young children, developing educational materials, and instructing and mentoring early childhood teachers in language, literacy, and science education.
At EDC, she focuses on instructing and mentoring preschool teachers in science education research projects, and she has contributed to the development of inquiry-based science curricula and mentoring protocols as well as to teacher, classroom, and child science assessments. Currently, she is part of EDC’s team working on a four-year, $3 million U.S. Department of Education Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) project, Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS). Her previous work was on the Cultivating Young Scientists (CYS) project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. (Read blog posts by Hoisington about her work with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Early Childhood Science Interest Forum and combatting implicit bias in the STEM classroom.)
Hoisington has directed projects aimed at getting children and adults exploring outdoors together; helping teachers use educational television to facilitate science learning; and supporting low-literacy families to scaffold children’s language development through everyday science explorations. She has customized science trainings for the State of Maryland, Family Place Libraries, United Way of Miami-Dade, University of Northern Iowa, National Education Association, National Head Start Association, and the Iowa Department of Education, and collaborated with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.
Hoisington also develops and advises on digital media initiatives aimed at promoting STEM for children, families, and teachers. She is currently part of EDC’s Ready to Learn team working with PBS. Previously she was the science advisor for the Emmy-winning educational television series Curious George, for which she received recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also developed online science materials for Peep and the Big Wide World and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That!
Among other publications, Hoisington is the author of “Implicit bias in the STEM classroom; how to start tackling the biases that hold students back in STEM,” and “Picturing What’s Possible—Portraits of Science Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms;” and coauthor of “Gimme an E! Seven strategies for supporting the ‘E’ in young children’s STEM learning; Supporting children’s science learning through water explorations”; “Building a classroom community that supports English learners in preschool”; "Foundations of Science Literacy: Efficacy of a Preschool Professional Development Program in Science on Classroom Instruction, Teachers' Pedagogical Content Knowledge, and Children's Observations and Predictions," “The Science and Mathematics of Building Structures,” “A Walk in the Woods: A Partnership with an Arboretum Gets Preschoolers Outside and into Science,” and "The Importance of Executive Function in Early Science Education."
Before joining EDC, she was a preschool teacher and education supervisor for ABCD Head Start in Boston, where she gained a deep appreciation for the complex challenges faced by children and families in poverty and the teachers who work with them.
Hoisington received a BS in biology from the University of Massachusetts and an MEd from Bridgewater State College. She has done post-graduate work in math and science education at University of Massachusetts Lowell.