Catherine McCulloch

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Catherine McCulloch
Project Director

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Catherine McCulloch leads national initiatives that focus on bridging STEM research and practice to improve outcomes for students. An expert in formal and informal STEM learning, she brings extensive experience as a professional developer, course designer, and manager of strategic resource development and dissemination efforts.

McCulloch is the Principal Investigator of Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, a National Science Foundation-funded resource network in which she leads an EDC team in supporting STEM researchers and developers from NSF's DRK–12 program in making their findings and products accessible and usable for schools, communities, policymakers, and the public. She has also worked closely with the NSF to develop and implement STEM Smart, an initiative to disseminate successful STEM research and evidence-based practices across the nation. (Read McCulloch's blog post about STEM Smart: "Spreading the Word About Successful STEM Education.") Within this effort, she organized a K–12 engineering education, research, and practice conference held in collaboration with the American Society for Engineering Education. 

As co-PI of the Massachusetts Engineering and Innovation Dissemination Community initiative, McCulloch recently concluded a landscape analysis of K–12 engineering education in Massachusetts and co-authored a report, Engineering for Every K–12 Student, that presents key findings from the study that have important implications for K–20 educators, policymakers, and business and industry leaders nationwide.  She is the lead author of the brief, Research and Practice Partnerships: Fostering Equitable Collaboration.

McCulloch has developed and led professional development institutes for science and math mentoring—including in Mexico, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Florida—and designed and led an online graduate science mentoring course for Cambridge College. She presents at national conferences on content-based mentoring and engineering education.  She has also provided professional development for out-of-school-time program educators and is the author of Straw Rockets, a Design It! Engineering for Afterschool Programs curriculum series module.

Prior to joining EDC, McCulloch was Assistant Director of the National Arts and Learning Collaborative, where she oversaw multiple grants, including a Kennedy Center for the Arts award for community involvement in arts education. For 15 years, she taught preK–12 children in a variety of private and public settings.

McCulloch holds a BS in Creativity in Learning and an MEd in Elementary Education from Lesley University.