The project team consisted of
- faculty members at the Univeristy of Connecticut
- master teachers in the Mansfield School System
- graduate students in the school of education at UConn
- external consultants for evaluating the validity of the results.
Robert M. Thorson – Professor of Geology, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut. (Principal Investigator). Professor Thorson coordinates the Stone Wall Initiative.
David M. Moss – Associate Professor, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut (Co-Principal Investigator). His current research interests are in tandards-based science education reform and teacher education.
Wendy J. Glenn – Associate Professor of English Education, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut (Co-Principal Investigator). Her current research interests are in the areas of integrated curriculum, childrens literature, young adult literature, and teacher preparation.
Nancy Titchen, Enrichment Coordinator, Dorothy C. Godwin Elementary School, Mansfield, Connecticut. Contact MMS
Dana Gnesdilow, Ph.D., Science and Reading Teacher, Mansfield Middle School, Mansfield, Connecticut.
Thomas Swale, M.Ed. – Co-author of lesson plans. Currently a teacher in the West Hartford School System.
Elizabeth Reemsnyder, M.Ed – Co-author of lesson plans. Recent graduate (May, 2005) not yet places in a school.
Paul Bierman, Ph.D., Department of Geology, University of Vermont. Colleagaue external to the project, principally responsible for evaluating the validity of the science.
Douglass Kauffman, Ph.D. Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Connecticut. Colleague external to the project, principally responsible for evaluating the validity of the pedagogy.
INITIAL PLANNING PARTICIPANTS
In addition to the Principal Investigators (Thorson, Moss, Glenn) and Lead Teachers (Titchen, Genedsilow) , several other educators contributed their opinions and advice during a three day workshop. They were
Neil Christianson — Education Director, Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA.
Richard Weyel – 3rd Grade Teacher, Goodwin Elementary School, Mansfield CT.
Shirley Reilly – 3rd Grade Teacher, Goodwin Elementary School, Mansfield, CT.
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