Meet Our Project Advisors
Dr. Jake Foster
STEM Education Consultant
Jake recently served as Director for STEM at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role he oversaw the state's science, technology/engineering, mathematics, and computer science standards and curriculum frameworks, state-funded professional development opportunities, and support for districts. Jake a been a member of a design team for the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education and a writing team member for the Next Generation Science Standards. Previously Jake worked with the Coalition of Essential Schools on school reform, taught various high school physical and earth sciences as well as served as a middle school science coach and science teacher educator. He earned a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Director of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Boston Public Schools
Pam was a high school classroom teacher and department chair, professional development specialist, curriculum developer and implementation advisor, and district administrator. Pam was inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators in 2012 and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1991.
Dr. Nichole Pinkard
Associate Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media
DePaul University, Chicago
Nichole Pinkard has led efforts to implement 1:1 computing in urban schools, integrate digital media into core instruction, and create digital media learning opportunities outside of the formal school day.
Dr. Pinkard is a recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies and an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Games Research program. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.
Dr. Nick Stroud
Evelyn H. and Arlindo Jorge Professor of Education and Associate Professor of Science/Technology Education
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Stroud’s research interests are primarily in 1) informal science education, and 2) pre-service preparation of science teachers. Specifically, he is interested in the ways that out-of-school science experiences can impact the science trajectories of individuals, especially the pedagogical content knowledge of future teachers. He also explores the ways in which specific instructional methods in a pre-service science methods course allow for students to develop knowledge of the nature of science, skill in scientific argumentation, and develop teaching self-efficacy. Dr. Stroud is the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation funded project, Teaching to Learn (Award #1432591). This project is a collaboration between MCLA, Williams College, and North Adams Public Schools. Teaching to Learn places pairs of undergraduate students in local classrooms to teach science.
Dr. Brian Reiser
Professor of Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy
Dr. Brian Reiser is Professor of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. Reiser was a member of the National Research Council committee authoring the report Taking Science to School (2007), which provided research-based recommendations for improving K-8 science education. Reiser worked with the NRC committee to develop the Framework for K-12 Science Education (2012), which guided the design of The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (2014) which provides guidelines for NGSS assessments. Reiser’s research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. His research examines how to make scientific practices meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. He is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education, and served on the committee that authored A Framework for K-12 Science Education.
Dr. Patrick Tutwiler
Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Lynn Public Schools
Patrick Tutwiler is the Deputy Superintendent of schools for the Lynn Public Schools in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was formerly the Headmaster at Brighton High School. Prior, he was principal at Wayland High School in Wayland, MA. His career in education began at Brighton High, where he taught World History and United States History in the 9th grade academy. Patrick began his administrative career at Boston English High School as an Assistant Headmaster. He later served as Dean of Students at Westford Academy in Westford, MA. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Holy Cross, a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education.
Dr. Maria T. Zuber
E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics and Vice President for Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maria Zuber oversees MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and over 60 research laboratories and centers on the campus. She is responsible for research integrity and compliance, as well as technology licensing and
intellectual property, and she plays a central role in research relationships with the federal
government. Zuber’s research bridges planetary geophysics and the technology of space-based laser and radio systems, and she has published over 300 papers. Since 1990, she has held leadership
roles associated with scientific experiments or instrumentation on nine NASA missions, most
notably serving as Principal Investigator of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory or GRAIL
mission. Vice President Zuber is the first woman to lead a science department at MIT and the first to
lead a NASA planetary mission. In 2013, President Obama appointed her to the National Science Board, and in 2016 she was elected Board Chair.