Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Brian Mandell, Smithsonian Science Education Center

Brian Mandell, PhD, is the Division Director of Curriculum and Communications for the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).  In this role, he provides support and direction for the talented Curriculum and Communication staff in the development of world-class print and digital curricular resources.  This work includes the new curriculum, Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, which embeds objects and research from the Smithsonian Institution, is built to current science standards, asks students to design solutions to real-world problems, provides research-based support for common student misconceptions, and seamlessly integrates print and digital resources.

Brian joined the SSEC in 2014 as a Science Curriculum Developer, where he was responsible for developing print and digital curricular materials that were grounded in current scientific, educational and cognitive research, empowered teachers, and helped all students develop a deep understanding of science and engineering practices.

Prior to joining SSEC, Brian taught middle school science for thirteen years in Virginia and Maine.  In his free time, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University teaching classes that focus on curriculum and instruction, learning theory, and instructional design.  Brian earned his PhD in Educational Psychology with a secondary emphasis in Instructional Design from George Mason University in 2013.  Brian also has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.

The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Illustrations from WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER by Walt Whitman . Illustrations copyright © 2004 by Loren Long.  Used by permission of Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

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