Advisory Board

Prof. Robert Rueda, USC Rossier School of Education
USC. Prof. Rueda’s research has centered on motivation, learning, and instruction. He recently served as a panel member on the National Academy of Science Report on the Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and recently served as the associate editor of the American Educational Research Journal.

Prof. Ernest James Wilson III, Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication
Dean Wilson’s experience in communication and public policy spans the private and public sectors. He was elected the first African-American chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in September 2009. He has been a consultant to the World Bank and the United Nations and has worked at the White House National Security Council.

Prof. Angela Calabrese Barton, Professor, College of Education, Michigan State University
Prof. Calabrese Barton’s research focuses on equity in urban science education. Drawing from qualitative and critical/feminist methodologies, she conducts ethnographic and case study research that targets the science teaching-learning experiences of upper elementary and middle school youth and parents engaging in their children’s science education.

Prof. Christopher Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Prof. Dede’s interest is in the expanded human capabilities for knowledge creation, sharing, and mastery that emerging technologies enable. His research spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives and leadership in educational innovation.

Dr. Leah Melber, Sr. Director of Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration, Lincoln Park Zoo
Dr. Melber brings extensive expertise in family learning in museums as well as effective connections between formal and informal education. She has forged a robust career in the field to include experiences in exhibit design, research on learning processes, program development and actively influencing the professional museum and zoo community through committee service. She’s advocated for innovative approaches to programming to better meet the needs of today’s learners, from use of technology to putting the learner in charge of the experience. Most critically, Dr. Melber’s focus is on effectively integrating learning research into programmatic and experience design, in addition to initiating further research.


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