Presentation at the MA STEM Summit

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Christine presented her research titled “Evaluation of a Global Initiative to Teach Engineering and Global Competency to Middle Schoolers” at the Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester, MA. The abstract follows:

This presentation will discuss the evaluation of a global program that integrates engineering with global competencies and works with thousands of middle school students and educators across the globe. The evaluation included data from several hundred students in five countries including the U.S., Jordan, South Africa, Vietnam, and Malawi. To date, evaluation findings indicate that the program was successful at achieving many of its intended impacts on children and educators. This presentation will provide researchers, evaluators, and practitioners with an introduction to the global engineering program; a description of the evaluation design and instruments; a description of the evaluation participants; findings related to intended impacts; a summary of the challenges faced in the study and lessons learned; factors to consider when planning similar evaluations; and factors to consider when implementing similar programs.

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Presentation at American Evaluation Association Conference

On Friday, November 10, 2017, Christine presented her paper “Evaluation of a Multimedia STEM Education Program for Spanish-speaking Families” at the AEA annual conference in Washington, DC. The abstract follows:

The children’s public media project PEEP and the Big Wide World is designed to teach STEM to children aged 3-5 years old. This evaluation independently studied the impact of PEEP on Spanish-speaking children and their families. It was a national experiment including 100 families who used PEEP resources compared to 100 families who did not. When compared to Spanish-speaking parents who did not use PEEP, Spanish-speaking parents who used PEEP were significantly more: (1) comfortable exploring math and science with their children, (2) knowledgeable about how to help their children learn math, (3) likely to report enjoying math and science exploration with their children, (4) likely to believe it was their job to help their children understand math, (5) likely to report that their children demonstrated math and science habits of mind. Spanish-speaking children who used PEEP scored significantly higher on the knowledge measure than children who did not use PEEP.

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Seeking Massachusetts Teachers, Parents, and Students for Book Interviews

I’ve decided to write a book and I’m seeking people who are willing to be interviewed. As I am self-funding this effort, interviewees will NOT be paid for participating.

As you may know, I have a PhD in Education and have been working as an educational evaluator for over 25 years. I have interviewed thousands of parents, teachers, and kids. My work focuses on looking at the impact of efforts to improve education — everything from in-school programming to after-school programming.

For the past couple of years, I’ve noticed that the people I interview almost always get emotional when they describe the challenges they are facing–and this happens in low and high performing schools alike. I have come to realize that there are many stories out there about what it’s like to be part of one of the most highly celebrated (at least according to standardized test results) school systems in the world — and I’m just referring to Massachusetts. We have loads of statistics on the Massachusetts education system. According to the latest PISA results, MA students perform just as well as top countries like Finland and Singapore.

But, I’d like to take a peek behind those numbers. My idea is to give a voice to the stories of the Massachusetts teachers, parents, kids, and others who are part of the system.

We know what the test scores show. What are the unintended consequences of being a top performer? What’s the impact on people’s lives and well being and on the community at large? These are just some of the questions I would like to explore.

If you are a Massachusetts teacher, parent, or student and you are willing to share your story confidentially, please contact me: here