To meet the growing demand for EiE professional development, we work with a national community of collaborators
About Our Collaborators
All EiE collaborators have received training at an EiE Teacher Educator Institute (TEI) and are well prepared to teach teachers how to implement the EiE curriculum in their classrooms.
EiE collaborators include both organizations and individuals. To become part of the EiE Professional Development Community, you can either attend an EiE Teacher Educator Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston, or invite us to host a TEI at your organization.
Resources for EiE Collaborators
After attending a Teacher Educator Institute, you’ll be able to access a set of resources designed to help you offer effective EiE PD workshops for teachers.
EiE Extended Network of Professional Development Providers
Within the EiE Professional Development Community, EiE has established an Extended Network of Professional Development (PD) Providers to whom we refer workshop requests across the United States.
To request information about the EiE Extended Network PD Providers serving your area, please contact EiEPD@mos.org or call 617-589-4260.
Current Members of the EiE Extended Network of PD Providers:
Joëlle Clark is a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning at Northern Arizona University. She is a science educator and applied anthropologist who has designed, written, and implemented science curricula and professional development programs for K-12 educators, informal educators, and indigenous communities. She has also been active in science education reform efforts and has worked on numerous grant-funded STEM projects. Clark is currently collaborating on ways to help educators integrate science and engineering practices to meet the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Lori Rubino-Hare is also a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University, active in science education reform efforts, and currently collaborating on ways to help educators meet the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS. She has worked on numerous grant-funded STEM projects for K-12 educators and university faculty, with an emphasis on integration of geospatial technology and project-based instruction. She has 13 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher.
Jan David Snyder has a doctorate in science education and, as a retiree with 23 years of experience in the secondary classroom, works in the Arizona State University Schools of Engineering as an outreach coordinator. In addition to training for EiE, which he provides to educators as well as teacher candidates in the ASU Teachers College, he is involved in several other responsibilities that focus on engineering education.
WestEd, a research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
The Connecticut Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing science education throughout the state of Connecticut and New England, providing learning opportunities for students and adults of all ages, and engaging the community in scientific exploration. The Science Center annually provides educational services that range from professional development workshops for teachers through its newly established Mandell Academy for Teachers, to onsite STEM-related Discovery Center programs, and outreach programs to schools.
Kelly Thomas is the Magnet Coordinator for Colbert Elementary School’s Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet Program. Kelly provides professional development to STEM teachers, and designs and implements STEM grant-funded projects and curriculum. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida where she specialized in math & science elementary education. She is currently working on her Education Doctorate (Ed.D) in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida International University. Her research focuses on the professional development needs of teachers implementing EIE.
Orlando Science Center (OSC) offers resources for lifelong learning, supports preschool to 12th grade education, and provides content that is relevant to current and future science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. For schools, we offer teacher professional development, teacher training and in-classroom support for EiE , guided field trips, experimental labs and offsite programming that not only support state standards in Math and Science, but that also help teachers prepare students for the rigor of STEM education and career readiness.
Toby Ratcliffe is a civilian ocean engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, Maryland. In her role as the Educational Outreach Coordinator with the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), she develops partnerships with local school districts, bringing STEM professionals to work with teachers and students on hands-on engineering projects, including the Engineering is Elementary curriculum.
Blue Heron STEM Education has worked with numerous school districts and educational institutions across the country to train educators in STEM education. Carolyn DeCristofano, President, is the former professional development director for Engineering is Elementary (EiE); Deb Dempsey, Vice President, is a former math/science teacher, science curriculum director, and STEM curriculum writer. Blue Heron can provide standard Engineering is Elementary training, as well as extensions and expansions supporting the EiE curriculum.
The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) is a science and technology center with innovative interactive exhibits emphasizing hands-on learning, while continuing to integrate the museum’s longstanding tradition as a natural history museum with scientific research, anthropological collections, and interpretive exhibits. It offers a wide variety of on- and off-site continuing education programs for children, families, adults, and educators. SMM served as one of the field testing centers for the EiE curriculum units, and continues to provide EiE-related teacher workshops and immersive EiE residencies in schools.
ASSET STEM Education is a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit. ASSET fosters STEM fluency and college and career readiness by providing educators with highly effective professional development as well as hands-on educational materials and consulting services. ASSET’s evidence-based programs influence the lives of more than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation.
Liz Parry is a mechanical engineer and an engineering educator. She has worked as a manager at IBM and as the coordinator for STEM partnership development at The Engineering Place, based in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University; her experience includes managing grants from the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Program. She has worked with the EiE team since the beginning of the program as a consultant and research partner.
Stacy Klein-Gardner directs the Center for STEM Education for Girls, a national center based at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN. She is also an adjoint associate professor of biomedical engineering and radiology and radiological sciences at Vanderbilt University. She provides professional development opportunities both through the Center and on a consultant basis.
Nancy Graese has been an educational consultant and professional development facilitator with Wisconsin’s Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) since 1990. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Career & Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and was a high school teacher for 13 years.
Anne Wallisch is a former elementary teacher with 16 years of experience as a professional development consultant. She works with the CESA SciMaTech program to help teachers integrate engineering with elementary science topics, build their confidence with the engineering design process, and develop the pedagogical expertise guiding these units.
Jack Samuelson, aka "Dr. STEM,” is a STEM education consultant with 38 years of experience in classroom instruction, teacher professional development, and K-12 engineering outreach. He has taught middle school and high school science in Waukesha and has served as coordinator of engineering outreach at Marquette University. Jack has facilitated more than 25 EiE workshops in 10 states.
Marquette University College of Engineering is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university. The College of Engineering has developed a bold and aggressive strategic plan to build an enhanced workforce for the 21st century and a commitment to increase our outreach to pre-college students and diverse students. The College of Engineering k-12 Outreach Academies introduces STEM using problem solving, the engineering design process, and hands-on learning to inspire and motivate youth to be critical thinkers. The college offers a wide variety of STEM programs for children, teachers and parents.