Sponsors & Advisors

The Kendeda Fund

The Kendeda Fund: furthering the values that contribute to a healthy planet.


WGBH has a long history of commitment to STEM education in classrooms and homes across the country, as one of the nation’s leading producers of media-based resources to support teaching and learning. Many of our STEM productions are household names, NOVA and Curious George among them. WGBH serves as the STEM-lead for PBS LeariningMedia, and is a major contributor of STEM-based digital media to the platform.WGBH_647C


The design and development of this Forum’s agenda and narrative arc was made possible due to many long conversations with an amazing group of advisors. I would personally like to thank them for their time and insights. The strength of our agenda and presentation reflects their
expertise and energy.

-Rachel Connolly, Director of STEM Education, WGBH

Carrie McDougall

Carrie McDougall
Senior Education Program Manager, NOAA

Carrie McDougall leads informal science education efforts for NOAA’s Office of Education and co-leads the Environmental Literacy Grants program, which involves collaborating with and providing grants to formal and informal science education organizations to build
environmental literacy and promote the use of NOAA-related
sciences and data products. Carrie came to NOAA in 2003 having received a Knauss Sea Grant Fellowship after completing a Ph.D. in ecology, evolution, and marine biology in 2002 from UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). While at UCSB, she conducted research on the cellular dynamics of
marine dinoflagellate bioluminescence and was heavily involved in marine science education and outreach.

Martin Storksdieck

Martin Storksdieck
Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University

Before becoming the Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning in June 2014 Dr. Storksdieck served as the Director of the Board on Science Education (BOSE) at the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences. As the BOSE
Director, he oversaw studies that address a wide range of issues related to science education and science learning, and provide evidence-based advice to decision-makers in policy, academia and educational practice. His prior research focused on what and how we learn when we do so voluntarily, and how learning is connected to our behaviors, identities and beliefs. Martin has also previously served as director of project development and senior researcher at the non-profit Institute for Learning Innovation. He holds an M.S. in biology from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany; an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
Government; and a Ph.D. in education from Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany.

Linda Harrar

Linda Harrar
Senior Program Manager of WGBH’s Innovation IdeaLab and Foundation Development

Linda Harrar is Senior Program Manager of WGBH’s Innovation
IdeaLab and Foundation Development. She also serves from time to time as an independent Executive Producer/Director/Writer
specializing in documentaries on science, human rights, global health and the environment. Over the course of her career, she has filmed in 35 countries and on all seven continents. A staff producer on the PBS NOVA series for a dozen years, Linda produced the first international documentary on the Antarctic ozone hole, a portrait of biologist Stephen Jay Gould, and The Adventures of Teenage Scientists. She served as Senior Producer for PBS’ 10-part Race to Save the Planet series. Linda was Executive Producer of Roots of Health and Six
Billion and Beyond for PBS, as co-Executive Producer of NOVA’s World in the Balance, and as
Senior Content Director of WGBH’s 2005 series Rx for Survival – A Global Health Challenge. She serves on the Board of World Education.

Kristen PoppletonKristen Poppleton
Director of Education, Climate Generation

Kristen Poppleton has spent the last five years developing and
directing Climate Generation’s climate change education program. Her work includes collaborating locally and nationally on climate and STEM education initiatives, creating original materials and training, strategic planning with the organization’s board and staff to develop a clear educational philosophy, and seeking funding through partners and writing grants. In
addition to her work with Climate Generation, Kristen is currently working as a Next Generation Science Standards curator assisting the National Science Teacher’s Association identification of educational resources that support the new standards. Kristen holds a MEd in environmental education and a MS in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota. Kristen likes to spend her free time offline with her nose in a new novel, cross country skiing, or up North in the woods with her husband, two kids and chocolate Lab.

Dr. Tamara LedleyDr. Tamara Ledley
Senior Scientist and Chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC

Dr. Tamara Shapiro Ledley, a senior scientist and chair of the Center for STEM Teaching and Learning at TERC, received her PhD from MIT in 1983 and her BS from the University of Maryland in 1976. Early in her career she led a research program in Earth system science and climate change at Rice University. She joined TERC in 1997 to pursue her science education
interests. She led the development of the award winning Earth Exploration Toolbook. She is now leading the development the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
Collection of rigorously reviewed climate and energy educational resources and is chair of the CLEAN Network, a professionally diverse community of climate and energy literacy
stakeholders. She also leads the EarthLabs project that focuses on development of curriculum materials, teacher professional development programs, and science education research focused enabling the effective teaching and learning of climate science. She is the 2013 American
Geophysical Union’s Excellence in Geophysical Education Awardee for her work in bring Earth science data and tools to teachers and students and for her leadership in climate literacy. She serves on the External Advisory Board of the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State
University, the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science Boston, and the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Earth Science.

Dr. Kemi JonaDr. Kemi Jona
Director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, Northwestern

Research Professor, Learning Sciences & Computer Science, Northwestern University

Dr. Kemi Jona has worked at the forefront of the learning sciences and learning technologies fields for over 20 years. He is thought leader in applying insights from cognitive and learning sciences to the design of technology-supported learning environments, particularly in the areas of STEM education. As a Research Professor at Northwestern University, he leads projects in cyberlearning, computational
thinking, online and blended learning, and new game-based approaches to engaging youth in interest-driven STEAM learning, making, and tinkering.


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