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Kate Goddard

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Kate Goddard

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Kate Goddard specializes in designing, implementing, and supporting the continuous improvement of technology- and media-based out-of-school time (OST) programs. Building on her experiences as a practitioner, she puts youth development at the center of her work, designing and supporting programs for educators that elevate inquiry and creativity as a tool for youth empowerment. Goddard contributes her expertise to initiatives that seek to strengthen and support the OST workforce, including the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), where she manages the work of the Technical Assistance Regional Representatives to ensure that school-age children in low-income families have improved access to high-quality learning experiences.

Goddard also serves as Project Director for the National Science Foundation’s Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a national initiative that is working to identify and scale up proven and innovative approaches for providing access to groups traditionally underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields.

Previously, Goddard advanced the mission of Adobe Foundation’s philanthropic initiative Adobe Youth Voices by building the capacity of programs and educators around the globe to implement youth media programming.

Prior to joining EDC, Goddard worked as a Program Director for the Community Technology Empowerment Project, managing and training AmeriCorps members on how to integrate media and technology into existing community technology centers. Earlier in her career, she facilitated creative learning experiences for youth at Phillips Community TV, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Open Media, and Girls Inc. of Metro Denver.

She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Associate Project Director

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA  02453-8313

Girls Communicating Career Connections

Fri, 10/07/2016

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In Summer 2016, the American Library Association selected this website as a "Great Website for Kids." The site presents the Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3) media series—short video segments produced by middle school aged girls—that captures the inquiry-based learning experiences of six girls as they investigate what it means to be a scientist or engineer. The video series targets girls from underserved groups (minority populations, youth of low socioeconomic status, and those with disabilities).

Videos, games, and fun activities about cool careers that use math and science, created by young people.

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What Did Teaching Teach You?

Former teachers and current EDC staff members Kirsten Peterson, Rebecca Lewis, Tony Streit, and several others share what they learned in their classroom that they bring to their current work as instructional designers, project leaders, and professional developers.

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to an array of STEM education initiatives. Through her efforts, a broad range of projects advance their strategic plans and expand their public information outreach.

Nordstrom manages CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education), the National Science Foundation (NSF) resource network for the Discovery Research PreK-12 Program. In this role, she oversees the project’s social media outreach and other communications, contributes to the project’s website content, and manages the logistical aspects of CADRE’s work.

As the communications lead for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), Nordstrom disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In addition, she heads up communications efforts for Science Fairs Under the ‘Scope, an NSF-funded project studying middle-school science fairs.

Since joining EDC in 2010, Nordstrom has contributed to cross-sector NSF-funded STEM forums (STEM Smart and Next Generation STEM Learning for All) and informal education (Exploring Trees and Ponds), research (Elementary Science Specialist Study), and professional development (Electronic Teacher Guide and NPASS2) initiatives.  

Before joining EDC, Nordstrom was a staff member at Public Interest GRFX, the in-house communications department for the Fund for Public Interest, and served as an Environmental Education Extension Agent in Senegal, West Africa for the Peace Corps.

Nordstrom has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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Project Associate

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Selim Tezel

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Selim Tezel

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Selim Tezel brings extensive experience in mathematics and computer science education, working with students from kindergarten through high school. He is committed to making learning relevant, exciting and enjoyable for students, while envisioning a constructionist curriculum for the classroom of the future.

Tezel is a curriculum designer and developer for the Beauty and Joy of Computing project, which, in collaboration with the University of California-Berkeley and the New York City Public Schools, aims to make computer science accessible and enjoyable for a diverse population of the City’s students.

Tezel is author of “A Tool for Student Inquiry” which describes his work with students to help them explore complex mathematical questions in creative ways.

Before joining EDC, Tezel taught mathematics at schools in the US and abroad, including Robert College of Istanbul, and Concord Academy and the Shady Hill School in Massachusetts, where he developed various constructionist, technology-intensive, project-based learning initiatives in mathematics education.  He began his career as a teaching fellow at Phillips Andover Academy, where he taught physics and developed a teaching style based on the Socratic method.

Tezel was presented with the 1989 Dudley Herschbach Humanitarian Award by Harvard University and the1990 Mack Davis Award from the Cambridge School Volunteers, a non-profit group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a finalist in the 2001 Brown University New Plays Festival as a playwright, as well as a finalist in the 2003 International Boston Cyberarts Festival as a computational visual artist.

Tezel received a BS in mathematics from Harvard University and an ScM in computer science from Brown University.

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Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate II

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2543

In Support of Educators: Strategies that Work

Mon, 09/19/2016

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This collection of essays shares insights and strategies from EDC's work to support teachers' professional learning, as well as links to an array of EDC's resources for teachers.

In Support of Educators: Strategies That Work

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Resources to Help Parents Support Kids’ STEM Interests and Explorations

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Tracy McMahon has over 10 years of experience designing quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation studies. Much of her work focuses on program evaluations that seek to identify the effectiveness of formal and informal science education initiatives. In 2016, she co-authored the report Engineering for Every K-12 Student based on her team's work on a National Science Foundation-funded landscape study of K-12 engineering education in Massachusetts. Tracy is also a mom, and in this post she describes some free science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources and programs that she hopes will be useful to other parents who are interested in the recent focus on STEM in their kids’ education. 

 

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EDC Continues Leadership of NSF STEM Learning and Research Center

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen EDC to continue to lead STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), the national center that supports NSF-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) projects.

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