Departments & Organizations
Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER)
Joanna Meyer brings over eleven years of experience in public education to her role as Research Associate at The Consultation Center. At Yale, Meyer focuses on three projects: the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER), the Bridgeport Public Schools Social-Emotional Learning Initiative (RULER), and Yale-Bridgeport GEAR UP. In all three researcher-practitioner partnerships, Meyer brings her nine years of experience as an educator and two years coordinating school-university partnerships to the research team, a perspective that helps her to advocate for diverse stakeholder interests.
Meyer’s teaching experience spans three school districts, a Job Corps center, and two experiential learning settings. As a high school STEM teacher, Meyer led her school’s decennial accreditation process with New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and coordinated the design and pilot of six school-wide rubrics focused on interdepartmental learning expectations. This work increased Meyer’s interest in school improvement and teacher leadership.
In 2011, Meyer transitioned from the classroom to the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP), a collaboration between the University of Maine and 16 local school districts. Funded by a $13.2M grant from the National Science Foundation, the MainePSP focuses on improving the teaching and learning of science in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. At the MainePSP, Meyer provided professional development and leadership to teachers who were implementing one or more year-long MainePSP curricula in their grade 6-9 classrooms and engaged in STEM education research. This role required balancing the needs and perspectives of researchers and practitioners, which Meyer found both challenging and rewarding.
Education & Training
|MAT||University of Maine, Secondary Science Education (2004)|
|BA||Dartmouth College, Environmental Earth Sciences (2002)|