43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Siobhan Bredin is a highly experienced technical assistance provider, product developer, information dissemination specialist, and project director. She brings expertise in information architecture design, collaborative technical assistance, and developing and sustaining communities of practice and professional learning communities.
As Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment (NCASE), she manages a national TTA team dedicated to ensuring that school-age children in families of low income have increased access to high-quality afterschool and summer learning experiences that contribute to their overall development and academic achievement.
As Product Manager for Online Learning for the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations, Bredin advanced the Center’s goals of offering training and resources to strengthen the management of Head Start and Early Head Start programs and achieve positive outcomes for young children and their families. She also served as a staff member for the Head Start New England Resource Center, designing and providing technical assistance to build the capacity of community-based Head Start agencies to use information technology to support their work.
From 2003 to 2012, Bredin served as Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Learning Resource Center, which built the capacity of project staff across the country who deliver learning and career exploration programs to populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM. In this initiative, she worked in partnership with the EdLab Group on NSF’s National Girls Collaborative project. She also helped develop and pilot the U.S. Department of Education’s IT Career Cluster model and framework, and helped run online professional development courses on developing IT skills assessments. (Read a blog post by Bredin about the ITEST Community of Practice.)
Bredin is coauthor of several publications on the ITEST program, learning communities, and partnerships, including “The ITEST Community of Practice: Lessons and Implications” (published in the report Preparing Tomorrow’s STEM Workforce Through Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) and Seven Lessons Learned Over Eight Years of Hosting the National ITEST Learning Resource Center.
Before joining EDC, Bredin worked at several software and Internet companies as a training specialist and product manager. Earlier in her career, she was an early childhood teacher, curriculum developer, and creator of new programs.
She received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College and EdM from Lesley University.