Kristin’s scholarship and professional activities are devoted to advancing the science of education, with a particular focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She partners with scientists, educational institutions, and professional and community organizations to connect science, practice, and policy to maximize educational outcomes for students and teachers across diverse contexts, spanning formal and informal educational environments. She has extensive experience in research-practice partnerships where she works with educational stakeholders to identify learning needs, develop usable, feasible, and scalable interventions to address those needs, and evaluate their effectiveness for improving student and teacher outcomes.
At AnLar, Kristin is involved in a myriad of projects which aim to foster synergies between educational research and educational practice. She currently directs two projects, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, which aim to support teaching and learning in elementary science through the development of research-informed curriculum and professional training and coaching. For example, Kristin leads the development and evaluation of SPACE-IT, a novel professional development program that utilizes workshops and coaching to facilitate 5th-grade teachers’ effective science instruction and students’ spatial thinking skills, interest, and science achievement. She also directs the development and evaluation of a curriculum that employs five research-informed practices to develop students’ scientific interest and competencies. Before joining AnLar, Kristin was the Director of Dissemination, Translation, and Education at the Science of Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Kristin earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Delaware and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center at Temple University.
Outside of work, Kristin is busy with three active daughters, various foster and resident dogs, reading, running, cooking, and camping. Originally from Arizona, she tries to spend as much time as possible outside, soaking up fresh air and sun.