Vicky Coulon

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Vicky Coulon
Research Scientist

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

Vicky Coulon leads mixed methods evaluations of initiatives that seek to strengthen formal and informal education programs and improve equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Drawing upon her significant expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies—as well as her 25 years as a K–12 teacher and adult educator—Vicky works to advance the field’s knowledge of successful strategies to enhance the equity and effectiveness of STEM programs for all students.

Coulon leads teams of program evaluators in implementing a wide range of studies focused on specific issues within informal and K–20 STEM education such as gender equity, integrating technology to improve learning and teaching, and promoting youth development. She has led numerous evaluations for clients with National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and other clients from various non-profit organizations, school districts, and private foundations.

Coulon was recently part of a team that conducted the summative evaluation of the STAR Library Education Network: A Hands-on Learning Program for Libraries and Their Communities (STAR_Net) and continues in her role in the second phase of the project funded by the NSF. Currently, she is leading the formative and summative evaluation of another STAR_Net spin-off project, funded by NASA, called the From Our Town to Outer Space (FOTOS) project.

Coulon shares her findings at the conferences of national and regional organizations such as the American Evaluation Association, National Girls Collaborative Project, Education Now and in the Future, Northwest Council for Computer Education, and the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association. She also disseminates her findings through reports that address complex challenges in STEM education, including Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool and user-friendly publications produced in collaboration with program leaders, such as Guide to Promising Practices in Informal Information Technology Education for Girls.  

Prior to joining EDC, Coulon was the director of the Evaluation & Research Associates unit at the EdLab Group Foundation and served as a technology integration peer coach master trainer for EdLab Group’s professional development programs. Earlier in her career, she worked directly in schools as a technology integration specialist, library media specialist, and elementary and middle school teacher—as well as an adult educator specializing in technology integration and use in K-12 education.

Coulon received her BA in Education from Western Washington University, her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University, and her EdD in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.