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Joanne McDonnell (2006)
Assistant Professor, Education
B.A., M.Ed., University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Joanne McDonnell is a member of the Central Massachusetts Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) advisory board which analyzes and implements STEM initiatives throughout Central Massachusetts. Joanne also provides professional training for teachers in Massachusetts focusing on STEM and literacy. For the past five years Joanne has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to present a Summer Institute Program titled Developing Students’ Conceptual Knowledge in Science as well as presenting this year at the State STEM Summit. Joanne has a commitment to work in the community and provides ongoing professional development for the Worcester Public Schools as well as a serving as an advisor to the Union Hill Elementary School for a Level 4 action plan. She is currently a community partner with the Ecotarium Science Museum to analyze the feasibility of an early childhood program and has been a long standing partner with the Regional Science Resource Center at U. Mass Medical School to mentor middle school girls in a program titled: Women in Science. Joanne is a long standing member of several professional organizations including Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

Massachusetts State Teacher Licensure –K-8 #250886

• Edited, Contributor and Curriculum Trainer to the following publication:
          > K. Worth, J. Winokur, S. Crissman (2009). The Essentials of Science and Literacy: A Guide for Teachers, Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing

Professional Presentations
2013 Massachusetts STEM Summit – Identifying and Developing Students’ Conceptual Thinking in Science

2010-2013 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Summer Institute, Developing Students’ Conceptual Knowledge in Physical Science

2009-2013 Worcester Public Schools, Blueprint for Elementary Science, Intel Grant

2008-2009 U. Mass Medical School, Regional Science Resource Center
Misconceptions in Physical Science, Summer Institute WPI, Grades 3-8

Spring 2008 Panelist for EDC – Science and Literacy, NSTA Conference, March 2008

Spring 2007 Education Development Center, Inc. (National Science Foundation grant) Science and Literacy

2000-2006 Franklin Elementary Schools - FOSS and Insights science units K-3
Ashburnham/Westminster Elementary Schools - MCAS/Science Curriculum Alignment
Ashburnham/Westminster Elementary Schools - FOSS and Insights science units K-5
Worcester Public Schools - FOSS, Insights, and STC science units K-6
Westborough Public Schools - Foss science units K-2
Intel Corporation, Marlboro, MA - Family Science Night
Oxford Public Schools - MCAS Test Item Analysis, Science Curriculum Alignment
Webster Public Schools - FOSS science units K-2
Rutland Public Schools - Science Family Day K-4

Professional Boards
• Advisory Board, Central MA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
• Panel Member, Ecotarium Site Visit from the Massachusetts Cultural Council – focused on the value of partnerships with K-12 and higher education.
• Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant, member of an advisory team with the Ecotarium and Worcester Public Schools, developing feasibility plan for an early childhood science learning center

Membership in Professional Organizations
• National Council of Teachers of English
• National Council of Teachers of Science
• Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development