New Perspectives in Science Education

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Caroline Parker

Institution: Education Development Center

Country: United States

Caroline (Carrie) E. Parker, Ed.D., is a Distinguished Scholar in the US Division at Education Development Center. She leads research to improve programs and policies for all students, particularly culturally and linguistically diverse learners, including those with disabilities and English learners. Parker works with the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL NEI), leading the Connecticut English Learner Partnership and conducting research for the Partnership’s study of English learners with disabilities. She is also national lead for the cross-REL English Learner working group which brings together English learner researchers from across the country. Her work with students with disabilities includes multiple district reviews of special education programs as well as federally-funded studies of programs for students with disabilities across K-12. She is PI of the IES-funded study of Structured Methods in Language Education (SMiLE), a literacy program for K-5 students with significant cognitive disabilities, and leads the evaluation of the Think College Transition Model Project, an innovative dual enrolment program for students with intellectual disabilities aged 18-22, funded by the Investing in Innovation (i3) program. As co-PI of the NSF's STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR) at EDC, she works with her team to deepen the impact of the national ITEST program through technical support, dissemination, and broadening participation to better prepare a diverse, skilled, and innovative STEM workforce. Dr. Parker has also served as an international panellist for the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research in Chile (CONICYT) as a reviewer for CONICYT’s Basal Funds for Research Centers of Excellence.

Parker received a BA in English literature from Williams College, an MEd from Framingham State College, and EdM and EdD degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Areas of expertise: Qualitative and quantitative research methods, educational policy, strategies for improving access to high quality teaching for English learners and students with disabilities; reviews of district special education policies and practices; analysis of student achievement data; technology in classrooms, teacher use of innovative technology applications; promoting STEM career interest among underrepresented youth.

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