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Partners and Collaborators

This study brings together the research expertise at the Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology with the professional development offerings of TeacherLine NY, which are hosted by Buffalo's public television station WNED. WGBH's Teachers' Domain and PBS TeacherLine collaborated with EDC and WNED to provide additional support for the professional development.




The Education Development Center (EDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing learning, promoting health, and fostering a deeper understanding about the world. EDC's Center for Children and Technology (CCT) investigates ways that technology can make a difference in children's classrooms, schools, and communities.

Also contributing to this study is EDC's Center for Science Education (CSE), which aims to improve PreK-12 science education by supporting school districts, state agencies, higher education institutions, science museums, and science centers. Principal investigators for this study are Lauren Goldenberg, Senior Research Associate and Shelley Pasnik, Director of CCT. EDC leads this research study.

WNED Buffalo/Toronto and PBS TeacherLine NY

WNED Buffalo/Toronto serves a bi-national region of 3.1 million households across Western New York and Southern Ontario with high-quality public television programming and services that enlighten, inspire, entertain, and educate Buffalo, Toronto, and surrounding communities. WNED serves as the statewide regional coordinator for PBS TeacherLine NY.

With the help of the other eight PBS stations throughout the state, WNED promotes, markets and manages the online professional development service in New York. WNED/PBS TeacherLine NY is responsible for the implementation of the online courses.



PBS TeacherLine

PBS TeacherLine provides professional development to teachers through facilitated online courses, a supportive learning community, and an online suite of tools for instructional coaches, mentors, and teacher-leaders. PBS TeacherLine has more than 130 courses that span the entire curriculum, including a special collection of science courses produced by WGBH Teachers' Domain designed to help educators teach life, physical, earth and space science. Participants in the study take the courses through PBS TeacherLine.

WGBH's Teachers' Domain

Featuring public television content, WGBH's Teachers' Domain provides multimedia classroom resources and professional development courses to K-12 educators nationally. WGBH created the professional development content for the study.


Project Team

Research Team, EDC

Lauren Goldenberg, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Center for Children and Technology (Principal Investigator)

Shelley Pasnik, Director, Center for Children and Technology (Co-Principal Investigator)

Alice Anderson, Research Assistant, Center for Children and Technology

Peggy Clements, Ph.D., Researcher, Center for Children and Technology

Camille Ferguson, Research Assistant, Center for Children and Technology

Marian Pasquale, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Science Education

Scott Strother, Researcher, Center for Children and Technology

Course Implementation Team, WNED

Pam Johnson, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Outreach

John Craig, Ph.D., Director of Education and Outreach

Alan Nowicki, Manager of Learning and Technology

Charles DeVoe, Statewide Business Development and Marketing Coordinator


Advisory Board

The study's advisory board meets annually to review research findings, assessments and procedures. Each advisor brings with them valuable knowledge about professional development applications, science education, and research methodology.

Robert S. Guiffreda

District Superintendent

Erie 2-Chattaqua-Cattaragus Board of Cooperative Educational Services

Richard T. Hezel, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hezel Associates, LLC

Okhee Lee-Salwen, Ph.D.

Professor of Science Education

University of Miami School of Education

Jacqueline S. Miller, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Center for Science Education, Education Development Center

Michael Russell, Ph.D.

Director, Technology and Assessment Study Collaborative

Boston College

Anne Schiano

Assistant Director, Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Instructional Technology

New York State Education Department

Joe Sciulli, Ed.D.

Program Director, Building a Presence for Science

National Science Teachers Association

Stan Silverman, Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Technology-based Learning Systems Department

New York Institute of Technology

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