Shelley Goldman, Principal Investigator and Director of the Middle-school Mathematics through Applications Project (MMAP), is Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Education. She is concerned with how to design, and help students get access to, learning environments that maximize in-depth learning. She has taught elementary and middle school, developed alternative and model schools, and has spent the last sixteen years at the Bank Street College, the Institute for Research on Learning, and Stanford developing and assessing the contributions that computer-based technologies make in learning mathematics and science. Shelley has designed and researched simulation, modeling and network technologies, including their use and their effectiveness in both school and non-school settings.
Dennis Harper, PhD, directed the Generation www.Y project. Teaching in an East Los Angeles High School, he quickly saw the potential of electronic learning. In the subsequent 35 years in education, Dr. Harper has worked or visited nearly every country. After earning his doctorate in international education from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1983 and bringing the first computers into the classrooms of 34 nations, he returned to the United States in 1992 as the technology coordinator for the Olympia School District in Washington State. In an effort to test his theories of technology infusion and staff development in a real K-12 setting, he has spent the past ten years in Olympia.
In addition to founding Generation www.Y, he has established the Generation YES (Youth and Educators Succeeding) organization, which along with the Gen www.Y program, has developed models for gender equity (Gen GIT - Girls Issues and Technology), Gen SCI (Students Caring for Infrastructure), and a program providing students the opportunity to use their technology expertise to become leaders and perform community service (Gen Did). He is also the Executive Director of the non-profit Generation Y Corporation, which provides programs that train students to provide technology expertise to community-based organizations and after-school programs. <email@example.com>
James Hathaway is Media Relations Manager at Arizona State University, Tempe.
David Hestenes is Research Professor of Physics at Arizona State University. His career at Arizona State University spans more than three decades. His research is in mathematical physics, physics education, and neural network theory. For the last decade, he has been Principal Investigator of National Science Foundation grants in Modeling Instruction at both the high school and college levels. The American Association of Physics Teachers recently awarded him the Oersted Medal, the association’s most prestigious award that recognizes notable contributions to the teaching of physics.
Jane Jackson is Co-Director of the Modeling Instruction in High School Physics program at Arizona State University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Scott McDonald is a Research Assistant for One Sky, Many Voices and BioKIDS. He earned an undergraduate degree in physics and a master’s in teaching, after which he taught High School physics, environmental science, and math in Needham, Massachusetts. Currently he teaches in the Masters and Certification (MAC) program at the University of Michigan.
Shayna Nardi is former State Press student reporter, Arizona State University, Tempe.
Susan Ragan was co-Principal Investigator and Central Region Center Director for the MVHS CoreModels Project. She is also in charge of the MVHS team for the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology Challenge Grant awarded to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications by the U.S. Department of Education. She currently teaches mathematics at the Montgomery Blair Science, Mathematics and Computer Science Magnet Program.
Michael Simkins, Ed.D., was director of the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project from 1996 to 2001. He was an elementary schoolteacher for fifteen years and an elementary school principal for nine years. Michael was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors “A Search for New Heroes” Archive. Michael recently assumed his new responsibilities as Creative Director of Portical.org, the Web site of California’s Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership. Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, Michael earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and masters and doctorate degrees at UCLA.
Nancy Butler Songer
Nancy Butler Songer, PhD, is Project Director of One Sky, Many Voices and BioKIDS. She designs and studies science learning environments that utilize emerging technologies to catalyze higher-order thinking in science. Nancy earned her doctorate degree in science education from the University of California, Berkeley, master’s degree in molecular biology, and undergraduate degree in biological sciences.
Fern Tavalin, Ed.D., is an early pioneer in the use of educational multimedia and telecommunications to improve student learning. She directs the WEB Project, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to the development of innovative, project-based learning in the arts, humanities, and social sciences by people of all ages. Fern comes to educational technology with a background in economics, creative problem solving, student performance assessment, and participatory research. She is an avid videographer and enjoys digital editing. Together with Michael Simkins and Karen Cole of the Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project, Fern is co-author of a forthcoming book that will be published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) entitled Project-based Learning with Multimedia.
Mary Ellen Verona
Mary Ellen Verona, the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Maryland Virtual High School CoreModels program, is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on the Education, Outreach and Training Team of the Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure, funded by the National Science Foundation. After teaching computer science, mathematics and science for over fifteen years, she wrote the proposal that funded the foundation of the Maryland Virtual High School in 1994. A doctoral candidate in climate dynamics and global change at George Mason University, Mary Ellen conducts dissertation research as a Research Assistant at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies. She earned masters’ degrees in computers science and mathematics education and a bachelor’s in physics.
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