September Expert Panel: Leveraging Authentic Data Across STEM Curricula

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Recorded September 17, 2020 at 3:00PM EDT


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Randy Kochevar is the director of EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), where he oversees a portfolio of more than 15 projects that build K–16 students’ data literacy skills, foster teachers’ data literacy, and create pathways to data science and analytics careers. Kochevar holds a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.




Chad Dorsey is President and CEO of the Concord Consortium. Prior to joining the Concord Consortium, Chad led teacher professional development workshops as a member of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. There he developed technology-embedded assessments, analyzed Web-based phenomena and representations for an online library, and co-authored an NSTA Press book of science formative assessment probes. Chad has also taught science in classrooms from middle schools through college and has guided educational reform efforts at the district-wide and whole-school levels. He earned his B.A. in physics at St. Olaf College and his M.A. in physics at the University of Oregon.



Margo Murphy is starting her 35th year teaching and is currently at Camden Hills Regional High School (CHRHS), in Rockport, ME. Murphy has received several awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Presidential Innovation award for Excellence in Environmental Education, and the National Outstanding Environmental Educator from SeaWorld and NSTA. Currently she serves on the advisory board for the National STEM Teacher Leadership network ( and is the Asst. Chair of the Board for the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. Margo received her B.S. in forest management and her M.Ed. in secondary science education from the University of Maine, Orono.



Andee Rubin is a mathematician and computer scientist who has been combining expertise in technology design, math education, and artificial intelligence to improve math and science education both in and out of school for over 40 years. She has been working in the areas of statistics education and data science education since the late 1980's, when she contributed to the Used Numbers materials and the data units of the Investigations curriculum's first edition. Since then, she has developed instructional materials for both students and teachers, worked on multiple pieces of software to support statistics learning, and led several research projects studying how students develop an appreciation for the power of data and the skills to use data effectively.



Suyen Machado’s work focuses on developing STEM curricula that engages students and improves teachers’ pedagogical skills. A former classroom teacher, instructional coach, professional development facilitator, and administrator for LAUSD, she is the Data Science Education Project Director at UCLA’s Center X. Ms. Machado leads the team that designed and developed the Introduction to Data Science (IDS) curriculum, a high school data science course that authentically engages students in reasoning critically about and working with data in all forms. Originally piloted at LAUSD in 2014, IDS is now offered in 26 school districts in four states. Her goal is to bring 21st century data science teaching and learning to K-12 education.