43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Nevin Katz, a former science teacher, brings experience in online interactive development, mathematics and science instructional design, and design and facilitation of blended learning courses for K–12 teachers.
Katz advances the goals of a wide variety of initiatives across the Learning and Teaching Division and throughout EDC. Drawing on his technical expertise—iOS app development, front-end web development, Drupal theming, and the use of art and animation to convey key concepts—he helps teams create interactive learning experiences that engage and inform target audiences. Recently, Katz contributed to the development of a website, "Exploring Infectious Diseases," for high school and college biology students, their instructors, and adult learners. (Read his blog post, Supporting Connected Educators.)
Katz also served as a member of a team that designed and tested a prototype Electronic Teacher Guide (eTG) designed to support teachers in implementing curriculum.The eTG features Biology Learning Experiences, tools to support teachers in reflecting on their practice, and related resources on topics such as holding productive discussions in the science classroom and using formative assessment. In this initiative, he helped develop eTG animations and videos that support teachers’ “mindful modification” of core curriculum.
Katz's recent projects include developing interactive self-assessment activities used in an online art history course for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art that was awarded a 2015 Gold MUSE award by the American Alliance of Museums; the Health Moments: Preventing Illness iOS app for Head Start home visitors; HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs (HP Life) e-learning; and Adobe Youth Voices Program Guide. For seven years, he has designed science interactives (“Exploring the Seasons”) and courses (“Using Technology to Explore Weather and Climate”) for EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online program, facilitated ETLO courses, and presented during ETLO’s series of free webinars (“Supporting Educators with Implementing STEM and the Common Core”).
Katz is a co-author of the EDC publication In Support of Educators: Strategies That Work and the author/illustrator of the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series of teacher resource books, which he developed outside of his work for EDC. The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) has purchased and distributed the Dr. Birdley series to all of their educational programs across the state and incorporated it into the instructional guide for DYS science teachers. It is used in classrooms around the country and distributed abroad.
Prior to joining EDC, Katz was a science teacher for eight years and taught physical science, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and earth science at public and charter schools.
Katz holds an EdM in teaching and curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in biology from Swarthmore College.