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Advisory Board

Team Through My Window has assembled an advisory board of the foremost authorities in the fields related to this project.  The following individuals enthusiastically support the project and provide expertise in a range of critical areas:   

Christine Cunningham—Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Dr. Cunningham has worked for over two decades on researching why girls and women lose interest in STEM fields.  She is the founder and director of Engineering is Elementary, one of the most successful resources available for formal and informal K-12 engineering education that has already reached about two million children.  Dr. Cunningham will provide advice on a wide range of issues including recruitment, engaging girls, and creating and distributing resources.

Kieran Egan—Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C., Canada

Dr. Egan is the founder and director of the Imaginative Education Research Group.  He has received Grawemeyer Award in Education; was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and the National Academy of Education (as a Foreign Associate member); authored over a dozen books; and served as a member of the Committee on How People Learn.  The creator of Imaginative Education, Dr. Egan will provide us with expert advice on this topic.

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail—President and CEO, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

Dr. McPhail is the President and Chief Executive Officer of NACME—a leading source for researching the status of minorities in engineering education and formulating policy positions for improving minority opportunities in STEM.  Working at the nexus of practice, policy, and research in STEM education, Dr. McPhail is the co-editor of Teaching African American Learners to Read: Perspectives and Practices.  Dr. McPhail will provide expert advice on ensuring strong minority participation and on other areas.

Maryann Stimmer—Coordinator of Science Programs, Educational Equity Center at the Academy for Educational Development  

Named the 2008 Informal Science Educator of the Year by the National Science Teachers Association, Ms. Stimmer has extensive experience in science education and educational equity.  Ms. Stimmer is coauthor of After-School Science PLUS: Hands-On Activities for Every Student and Playtime is Science for Students with Disabilities.  Given her extensive expertise in informal education, Ms. Stimmer will provide us with expert advice in all areas of the project.

Marlene Scardamalia—President’s Chair in Education, University of Toronto

Dr. Scardamalia currently directs IKIT, the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology, a worldwide network that is advancing the frontiers of knowledge building.  Dr. Scardamalia led the team that developed the first networked knowledge-building environment for education (later to become Knowledge Forum—the software we propose using in the grant).  As an international leader in knowledge building and idea-centered education, Dr. Scardamalia will be a valuable member of the board. 

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 1223868 and 1223460.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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