Who We Are
The Evolving Minds Project brings together the expertise of learning scientists and educators from the Technology Education Research Centers to provide exciting research-based materials for teachers and students.
Deb is the Principal Investigator of the Child Cognition Lab. She has been studying the relationship between children's concepts and their reasoning for her entire career. Deb has recently applied her research on children's learning to improve science education.
Sarah studied education in college and became fascinated by how people learn. This interest led Sarah to pursue a PhD in cognitive development where she studied how students learn new strategies for solving math problems. Now she is part of the EM team where she studies how students learn biological concepts like evolution.
Alden studied to be a high school teacher at Boston University as an undergraduate before working as a boatbuilding teacher in the Boston Public Schools for 2 years. Alden recently got his MA from the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development, where he researched early childhood math development. As coordinator for the Evolving Minds Project, Alden works to bridge the gap between research and practice to enhance children’s learning of biological evolution.
Dr. Gillian Puttick’s ecology research ranges from the feeding behavior of curlew sandpipers to the chemical “arms race” between insects and their foodplants. Seeing the pivotal importance of science education, she began to work in education research in 1991, bringing her enthusiasm for all manner of life forms to the classroom. Using an inquiry-based philosophy, she has brought fresh scientific discoveries to formal and informal settings through designing, developing and testing curriculum.
Sally came to TERC after 40 years’ experience teaching science and heading science departments in elementary, middle, and high schools. For many years she directed professional development institutes for science teachers and has been a speaker, workshop leader, and consultant in the field of science education throughout the country. She has extensive experience developing science curriculum for the elementary grades and professional development programs.
Sara Lacy is a Senior Scientist at TERC and is currently Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded project, Focus on Energy: Preparing Elementary Teachers to Meet the NGSS Challenge. Sara has worked at TERC since 2001, developing science curriculum for K-12 students (The Inquiry Project, Physics That Works) and material to boost the science and pedagogical content knowledge of in service K-8 teachers (The Fulcrum Institute, TERC/Lesley Masters in Science Education, Talk Science).