Cindy Hoisington

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Cynthia Hoisington
Senior Curriculum/Instructional Design Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Cindy Hoisington believes that authentic, cognitively challenging science experiences can be transformative for young children. 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.

Hoisington is 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!

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 an EDC 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 using video analysis to promote "productive talk" in preschool, Cultivating Young Scientists, and her work with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Early Childhood Science Interest Forum.)

Hoisington has directed projects aimed at getting children and adults outdoors exploring 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.

Among other publications, Hoisington is the author of “Picturing What’s Possible—Portraits of Science Inquiry in Early Childhood Classrooms” and coauthor of  "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 taught preschool 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.