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The CT4EDU project team includes faculty and graduate students from Michigan State University, administrators and curriculum staff from Oakland Schools, and researchers from American Institutes for Research.


Dr. Aman Yadav (PI). Aman Yadav is an Associate Professor and Director of Masters of Arts in Educational Technology at Michigan State University. His research focuses on computing education research in K-12 classrooms. He has been a PI/Co-PI on several National Science Foundation (NSF) funded projects related to preparing teachers to embed computational thinking and computer science in their teaching. His work has been published in a number of leading journals, including ACM Transactions on Computing Education, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Journal of Engineering Education, and Communications of the ACM.  He is the teacher education representative on the CSTA board and chairs the CSTA Assessment Taskforce.


Dr. Christina Schwarz (Co-PI)Christina Schwarz is an associate professor of teacher education. Her research centers on teaching and learning science. She specifically focuses on inquiry-oriented, modeling-centered constructivist learning environments from preschool through college. Her research involves helping students and teachers develop an understanding of scientific practices such as scientific modeling and helping them learn how to productively engage in those practices. She is also conducting research with beginning teachers around noticing and responding to open up spaces for students’ scientific sense-making. Other interests include teacher development, educational technology, science teaching and learning in urban schools, and social/cultural practices in the classroom.


Dr. Emily Bouck (Co-PI)Emily Bouck is a professor of special education. Her research focuses focuses on two lines of research relative to students with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder: assistive technology and the relationship between inschool services and curriculum (e.g., functional curriculum) and post-school outcomes. Within her work on assistive technology, she explores technology to support access and achievement of students with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders relative to daily living skills and academics (e.g., mathematics). Her work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and the Spencer Foundation.


Dr. Niral Shah (Co-PI)Niral Shah’s research focuses on equity and implicit bias in STEM education. Although mathematics is often seen as “neutral” and “race-free,” Shah’s research shows that math classrooms are highly racialized spaces. Through classroom observations and student interviews, he studies how racial narratives (e.g., “Asians are good at math”) affect classroom interaction and serve to position students as more or less capable of learning math. Shah also studies how perceptions of status affect student learning in elementary computer science. Currently, he is developing a web-based classroom observation tool to help STEM teachers reflect upon implicit bias and improve their practice toward the goal of more equitable opportunities to learn.

Graduate Students

Katie Rich. Katie is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology program. She started her PhD after ten years as a curriculum developer for Everyday Mathematics at the University of Chicago. She is interested broadly in the use of technology in elementary mathematics education. From the student perspective, she is interested in exploring how dynamic representations and manipulatives can support conceptual development, and how integration of computational thinking concepts into mathematics curricula can promote readiness for computer science education in later grades. From the teacher perspective, she is interested in exploring how digital delivery of curriculum materials can support teachers in making productive adaptations for their particular contexts.

Rachel Larimore. Rachel is a doctoral student in curriculum, instruction, and teacher education. She started her PhD after 15 years as Director of Education at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, MI and the founding director of the Center’s nature-based preschool. Her research focuses on elementary science education. With extensive experience in the non-formal education world she believes in connecting formal and non-formal educators to support children’s experiences with real-world phenomenon. Rachel is particularly interested in how nature-based early childhood education interacts with science teaching and learning. She earned previous degrees at Colorado State University and Central Michigan University.

School Partners

Dr. Heidi Kattula (Senior Personnel). Dr. Kattula is the Executive Director of District and School Services at Oakland Schools.




Dr. Dana Gosen. Dr. Gosen is a Mathematics Education Consultant at Oakland Schools





Jessica Ashley. Jessica is a Science Education Consultant at Oakland Schools.





Laura Cummings. Laura is a Digital Learning Consultant at Oakland Schools.




Gerri Devine. Gerri is a Mathematics Education Consultant at Oakland Schools




Vinos Kassab. Vinos is a Digital Learning Consultant at Oakland Schools.




Evaluation and Research Partners

Dr. Julie Kochanek (Senior Personnel). Dr. Kochanek is a managing director at the American Institutes for Research and Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest. Dr. Kochanek has nearly 20 years of experience in research and evaluation of school reform efforts, with a special focus on the social and organizational conditions surrounding schools and districts. Her current work explores methods to bridge research and practice in education. As part of her work on research-practice partnerships, Kochanek has developed AIR capacity to design and lead networked improvement communities (NICs). Under her leadership, teams work across several projects to serve as network hubs facilitating the NIC process and to bring measurement and analytic support.

Dr. Joey Wilson (Senior Personnel). Joseph P. Wilson, PhD (“Joey”) is currently a Senior Education Consultant at the American Institutes for Research, where he focuses on ensuring all PK-12 students have access to equitable and rigorous computer science education. Joey has worn many hats including high school science teacher, bioengineer, researcher, and STEM education advocate. He is a proud graduate of many fine, public institutions from Kindergarten through PhD, including the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Arizona State University, University of California-San Francisco, and University of California-Berkeley.