Catherine Saldutti has over 20 years of experience in secondary education, and has served as a teacher, administrator, professional development provider, program evaluator and content developer. She founded EduChange in 2000 to provide practical solutions for teaching and learning. Her team of senior consultants has built relationships with over 350 schools in New York City and several school districts across the USA. In 2006 Saldutti founded Teachers for Learners to design instructional tools and systems including Concept Construxions, a patented tool to support interdisciplinary language learning in the academic domains. In 2010 she began forging relationships with education professionals and ministry officials in Chile, New Zealand and the UK. After a 10-year implementation period in NYC with partnering scientists from The Rockefeller University, the Integrated Science Program has been digitally deployed at Graded School, São Paulo school and is now available internationally. Saldutti earned degrees from Stanford University, where she contributed to J. Myron Atkin’s work on TIMSS development, and The Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she served as Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Dr. Isaak Aronson is an experienced teacher, administrator, curriculum specialist, and professional development provider. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University, an M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Development from the University of Maryland. Isaak's experience includes curriculum design for high school chemistry and physics courses and professional development in the sciences and literacy. Isaak currently runs SmartStart Education, and partners with EduChange to deliver a full suite of products, programs and services to schools.
Dr. Lauren Birney is an urban educator with twenty years of experience in the field. After twelve years as a clinical professor, she currently teaches in the School of Education at Pace University preparing both pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction, classroom management, teaching methodologies and research techniques. Additionally, the focus of her work is to create programs that encourage students to engage in the fields of science, create meaningful science curriculum and provide interactive professional development for teachers. Lauren earned a B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from the University of San Diego, and an M.A. in Counseling & an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. She serves as a consultant to EduChange. Dr. Lauren Birney
Sue Boudreau has a degree in zoology and a master’s in Educational Leadership. She has been teaching biology and science for 26 years, from 1st—10th grade, in inner city, rural and suburban schoolsl to English and American students. As a curriculum developer for with UC Berkeley’s Science Education for Public Understanding Program, she developed and field-tested their Science and Life Issues curriculum for middle school. She has given numerous presentations and workshops at National and State science teacher conferences and has been a committee member for the California Department of Education. Currently, Sue is developing project-based learning curricula at Orinda Intermediate School in California. Sue has worked with EduChange as a client, and now serves as a consultant. Sue Boudreau Image
Cecilia Vásquez Carrillo is an Educational Technology Specialist provider graduated from Universidad de Chile. She graduated with honors from the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción Chile (UCSC), where she earned an EdM in Didactics and Pedagogical Innovation and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary school students for two years, then became a research associate and university instructor in the School of Education at UCSC, preparing both pre-service and in-service teachers in the areas of skill and competence ICT for teaching. Recently, Cecilia worked in the professional department of competencies and training ICT, a part of The Center for Technology and Education within the Chilean Ministry of Education. She has been involved in numerous ICT professional developments, has collaborated in the design of programs eLearning for teacher training in ICT, has collaborated in the design of ICT standards for teachers and students, and has worked in the design and assessment of teacher competencies. Cecilia is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership program at the University of Bridgeport, CT.
Mark Chesterton has worked in education and youth development for over 20 years. During that time he's served as a counselor, conservationist, teacher, extended day coordinator, department chair, and grade team leader. His work with schools has focused on math and science curriculum design and implementation for grades 6-12. Additionally, he specializes in urban public education with experience in San Francisco, Rochester, NY, and Brooklyn, where he was an early adopter of Concept Construxions and participated in The Investigations in Biology & Chemistry Program. He holds a B.A. in Biology from The College of the Holy Cross and a M.A. in Secondary Education/Cultural and Language Development from San Francisco State University. Mark serves as a consultant and is responsible for developing social media strategies that dovetail with both EduChange's ongoing work in the educational community and its emerging opportunities.
Dr. Beverly Ann Chin is Professor of English, Director of the English Teaching Program, former Director of the Montana Writing Project, and former Director of Composition at the University of Montana in Missoula. Her national leadership roles have included President of the National Council of Teachers of English, Board Member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and Senior Project Consultant for the 2011 Writing Framework of NAEP. She is the author, consultant and/or editor of several texts and instructional videos on the teaching of writing, grammar, reading, and literature. Beverly has particular expertise in the areas of multicultural education, young adult literature, literacy across the curriculum, and performance assessment. With more than 35 years of teaching experience, Beverly is adept at crafting curriculum and professional development activities that immerse teachers in best-practice strategies for a diversity of learners. She serves as a consultant to EduChange.

Jim Handel has taught in New York City public schools for nearly 20 years as a chemistry, calculus, but mostly physics teacher. He currently teaches at Millennium High School in lower Manhattan. He graduated from The University of Michigan with a BS in Physics where he also conducted undergraduate research in high-energy cosmic ray physics at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. Jim completed a MS in science education at Queens College. He joined the Teach for America Corps in1993 and has remained in the New York City schools ever since. He has consulted for 10 years as a physics curriculum developer as well as presenting workshops for physics teachers focusing on student misconceptions. Recently Jim has joined the Math for America program as a Master-Teacher corps member.


Dr. Ann Kindfield is an experienced university instructor, research scientist, assessment developer and evaluator. She has taught biology, genetics and various science education courses, including work with pre-service secondary science teachers, at UC Berkeley, Montclair State University and Vanderbilt University. She also has extensive experience in K-16 science assessment R&D in academic settings and at the Educational Testing Service, has conducted research on elementary science and secondary biology teaching and learning, and has served on advisory panels and as the evaluator for a number of science education research projects. Ann holds a BS in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, a MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Science Education from UC Berkeley. She serves as a consultant to EduChange.

Joshua Paris earned a BA in mathematics Middlebury College and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He taught bilingual math and science at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, MA for seven years before moving on to his current position as Department Chair and mathematics teacher at Brookline High School in MA, where he has been since 2000. Facile with every level and subject of high school math, Joshua has been involved in numerous curriculum development initiatives including the Lesson Study and Lenses on Learning projects at EDC in Newton, MA. As a consultant to EduChange, Joshua has helped develop our approach to differentiated instruction for the math classroom and has served as a lead developer for the academic vocabulary tool Concept Construxions.
Dr. Donna Poniatowski is an accomplished educator with over 30 years of teaching experience in public education, urban and rural, ranging from AP and Gifted to at-risk students in an alternative setting. She was Teacher of the Year 2012 and NATIONAL SECME Director of the Year in 2008-09, and has served as District Science Coordinator. In addition, she has taught Animal Physiology at the University of Central Florida, Molecular Biology at Seminole State College and Elementary and Secondary Science Education at both UCF and the University of New Orleans. Donna is also a founding member of the National Center for Simulation’s Education Board. As such, she has had industry educational input for student participation in industry oriented conventions such as the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Donna is a recognized speaker and workshop leader, presenting at both USA (Florida/Georgia Academy of Sciences Convention, for example) and international education conventions and symposia (Oxford, England). Donna earned her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida and holds multiple certifications in Science and Exceptional Student Education. She has been a part of several committees and advisory panels for the State of Florida including assessment writing, standards writing, and the Office of Mathematics and Science. Her local level participation includes being a Board Member of the Orlando Science Center. She was a lead curriculum writer for a 4-year Bioengineering program (District Engineering Magnet School), a 3-year Biotechnology program for middle school, a 4-year Science Research Program, and has served as a consultant for a multi-district Modeling and Simulation curriculum.
Liz Riggieri is a curriculum design specialist and professional development provider. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island, with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. Liz's areas of certification are English, Biology and General Science. She has taught grades 7-12 in her 12 years of teaching experience, working as an educator in Attleboro, Massachusetts; Warwick and East Providence, Rhode Island; and Columbia, Maryland. Liz helped to develop an integrated science curriculum in Massachusetts, helped launch an academic summer camp for students in need of MCAS remediation, and acted as a team leader and mentor. Liz specializes in the development of interdisciplinary lessons for student-centered, cooperative environments and develops Concept Builders that engage all learners in academic discourse via Concept Construxions.
Ken Simon has nearly 20 years of experience in urban schools. He has served as a social studies classroom teacher, curriculum/instruction leader in the humanities, district administrator and professional development provider across all content areas. He is a published curriculum writer and also teaches an Education Policy course to graduate students at Hamline University. Formerly, Ken served as a School Designer and professional development provider for Expeditionary Learning Schools, conducting workshops and presentations on pedagogy, literacy and Social Studies content across the nation to K-12 public school teachers. He also served as a part of an ELL Workgroup designed to support English language learners and the 6-12 Social Studies mapping project. Ken was a leader in the citywide Middle Grades Project in Minneapolis Public Schools and currently serves as a Board Member of the Minnesota ASCD chapter. Ken is a consultant to EduChange. Ken Simon
Dr. Sandy Simon is the Head of the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics and Professor of The Rockefeller University. Dr. Simon has been examining everything from single molecules moving in a cell, to single viruses as they assemble to single cells as they metastasize through the body. His work has emphasized the importance of study single events, whether single proteins, single cells or single students as a way of gaining insight to the behavior of more complicated systems such as cells, an organ, an individual or a school system. His recent imaging work with HIV was named one of the "Top 100 Science Stories of 2008" by Discover Magazine. Dr. Simon also made remarkable contributions to the Nobel-Prize winning work of Günter Blobel, also a Rockefeller Lab Head. Dr. Simon has been active in science education since the '70s. In 2006 he was recognized for his outstanding teaching at Rockefeller and was recognized for his contributions to science education at Bard College in 2007. For EduChange, he has organized other Rockefeller University students and scientists in the development of The Investigations in Biology and Chemistry Program, advises the EduChange leadership team, serves as a Board Member for Teachers for Learners, LLC and hosts our annual Summer and Winter Invitationals at Rockefeller. Dr. Simon serves as the Science Advisor to EduChange.
Jennifer Sweny has been a tertiary teaching assistant in Canada and New Zealand since 2002. She has a wide variety of teaching and research experience and his been involved in undergraduate teaching of biology, chemistry, physics and sports science. She has a PhD in biomedicine from the University of Auckland, an MSc in Biophysics and a BSc in Biochemistry both from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She holds a Certificate in University Teaching and is currently a biology tutor at Auckland University. Her past research projects include studying the metabolism of a diabetes drug, measuring the forces that act between cells in cell aggregates, investigated molecular mechanisms of cell replication in yeast, developing vaccines against a parasite in chickens and investigating inflammation mechanisms in arteriosclerosis. She serves as a consultant to EduChange.

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