Meeting the growing demand for EiE teacher professional development through a national network of PD providers
About Our Collaborators
EiE works with a national community of collaborators. All EiE collaborators have received training at an EiE Teacher Educator Institute (TEI) and are qualified to facilitate EiE PD workshops.
Our collaborators include both organizations and individuals. To become part of the EiE Professional Development Community, you may 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 you graduate from our TEI, you’ll be able to access a set of resources designed to help you offer effective EiE PD workshops for teachers.
Check out our EiE Collaborator Toolkit for resources to help you plan, advertise, and represent Engineering is Elementary in your work.
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.
For information about the EiE Extended Network PD Providers serving your area, please contact EiEPD@mos.org or call 617-589-4260.
Current Members — EiE Extended Network of PD Providers:
The Institute for Science Education (ISEd) serves as the PK-12 STEM outreach center for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. ISEd partners with the Alabama Department of Education to host one of eleven Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) sites. AMSTI teacher specialists provide educators with highly effective professional development and onsite support in math, science, and engineering education. The AMSTI Materials Center at UAH ISEd also provides hands-on materials directly to classrooms on a quarterly basis. The UAH ISEd has provided EiE professional development opportunities to area schools since 2006.
Arizona Science Center inspires, educates and engages curious minds through science! The center serves the state of Arizona by engaging audiences from Pre-K to gray via a diverse portfolio of programs and services in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Arizona Science Center encourages hands-on exploration through its innovative physical space, and also extends its programs into the community. Arizona Science Center programs include: field trip and lab experiences, educational workshops, STEM camps and clubs, outreach, assemblies, demonstrations, homeschool programs, and professional development for educators and educational leaders.
Joëlle Clark is a professional development coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and 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.
Jen Gutierrez is the K-12 STEM Education Specialist for the Arizona Department of Education where her passion for science/STEM teaching and learning is shared through developing and delivering professional development statewide. She’s an advocate for science and STEM teachers, serving as an active executive board member for Arizona Science Teachers Association as well as serving Arizona, Colorado, and Utah on NSTA’s Council as District XIV Director. Jen is a proud member of the Next Generation Science Standards writing team.
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 K-12 Alliance @ WestEd is part of the agency’s STEM unit. The K-12 Alliance provides customized science and mathematics PD. Presently, K-12 Alliance is heavily involved in providing professional development for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in eight targeted districts and two charter organizations in California. The K-12 Alliance is also collaborating with other state organizations to provide NGSS awareness and transition professional learning experiences for district leaders.
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 school outreach programs.
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, they 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 also help teachers prepare students for the rigor of STEM education and career readiness.
Anji McStravic has been in the education field for 12 years, teaching environmental education, STEM education, and all disciplines of science, K-12, in both formal and informal settings. Anji also provides professional development workshops for educators in various science content areas and, of course, EiE. Anji works closely with elementary educators to establish comfort and confidence in instructing science and engineering concepts.
Kelly Thomas is a Computer Science Instructional Specialist for Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kelly helps to oversee elementary STEM curriculum development projects, and she provides STEM professional development to teachers. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida, where she specialized in elementary math & science education, and she received her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida International University. Prior to her current position, Kelly served as a STEM Magnet Coordinator and Science Coach at the elementary level.
Sarah Von Williamsen is an educator with experience in all aspects of STEM. Her background as a scientist enhances her ability to present science and engineering concepts in an exciting and engaging manner, guiding teachers to feel more relaxed and confident in their own instruction. As a professional development provider, Sarah trains teachers in EiE units as well as various science topics. She has also taught EiE units to students. Sarah works closely with a team of scientists, engineers, local business owners, and educators to enhance and expand STEM opportunities, including EiE, for students in her local community.
Laura Keeling is the STEM Lab teacher at Tully Elementary in Louisville, Kentucky. She teaches engineering to 700+ students (grades K–5) using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum. She has conducted EiE trainings for teachers and administrators wishing to address engineering concepts embedded in the NGSS. Laura has 20 years of experience in elementary education and has taught EiE since 2009. She has a partnership with the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering Outreach Program.
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) and has also created graduate level courses for elementary and middle school teachers on engineering and science. 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.
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology develops and supports effective, innovative curricula and professional development and conducts research in order to inspire, catalyze, and strengthen scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematics literacy for K-12 and higher education.
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.
Toby Ratcliffe’s background as a civilian Naval ocean engineer made EiE come alive to the teachers who she engaged with in EiE Professional Development workshops throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Having retired from Federal Service, Toby is now an independent STEM Education consultant and EiE PD provider in Ohio.
FFSE—Mia Jackson & David Heil: The nonprofit Foundation for Family Science & Engineering (FFSE) is dedicated to engaging young children and their families in exploring science and engineering together. Mia Jackson was a lead author of the Foundation’s recent publication, Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide. Trained as an elementary teacher, she has been active in science education for over 20 years, specializing in program development and public outreach. David Heil, President of David Heil & Associates, Inc., has been promoting public understanding of science for over 30 years and is a frequent presenter and workshop leader on STEM education. David was the founding president of the FFSE and lead author of its two publications, Family Science and Family Engineering. The Foundation provides EiE workshops along with other STEM professional development offerings, such as Family Engineering and Family Science.
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.
Stacy Klein-Gardner directs the Center for STEM Education for Girls, a national center based at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, Tennessee. 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.
De'Lila Holder is the Associate Director of the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center, housed in the Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. She is a former teacher, campus principal, and district administrator. Her focus is on helping educators address the challenges of tomorrow’s technology-driven economy by transforming teaching and learning methods, improving achievement in STEM education, and ensuring that all students are future ready. She is passionate about education and feels honored to work with educators, sharing with them her knowledge, encouragement, and dedication to STEM education.
Michelle Sedberry is the K-12 Science Specialist at Region 17 Education Service Center. She has been involved in science education for 15 years as a teacher, Curriculum Developer, District Level Instructional Science Coach, Aerospace Educator, Aerospace Officer in the Civil Air Patrol, K-12 Science Specialist, and the Project Director for a STEM grant here at the service center. The ESC provides hands-on STEM professional development and support for teachers in our area.
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.