Glenn Ellis is a Professor of Engineering at Smith College who teaches courses in engineering science and methods for teaching science and engineering. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University. The winner of numerous teaching and research awards, Dr. Ellis received the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Baccalaureate Colleges from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. His research focuses on creating K-16 learning environments that support the growth of learners’ imaginations and their capacity for engaging in collaborative knowledge work.
Al Rudnitsky teaches Introduction to the Learning Sciences; Thinking, Knowing and the Design of Learning Environments, How Do We Know What Students are Learning?, and instructional methods in elementary and middle school mathematics and science. He has authored books on curriculum design and teaching children about scientific inquiry. Current research interests focus on creating environments for “good talk” in elementary and middle school classrooms, and also on advancing the use of knowledge building pedagogy in higher education. His most recent article (2013) is entitled “Tasks and Talk: The Relationship Between Teachers’ Goals and Student Discourse,” in Social Studies Research and Practice.
Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, is professor of physics and civil engineering technology at Springfield Technical Community College. She focuses on developing meaningful educational strategies to recruit and retain a diverse student body in engineering and designs innovative learning environments at all levels of the engineering pipeline. With expertise in the design of PD and learning communities, Beth leads a collaboration with educators as co-PI on an NSF K12 engineering education project. She is the 2014 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Massachusetts Professor of the Year.
After participating in the instructional design of Through My Window during her four years as an undergraduate, Huff is now its outreach coordinator. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College with a double major in Economics and Spanish in Spring 2014 and now works on the Springfield Technical Community College side of the Through My Window National Science Foundation grant.
Sonia K. Ellis holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She is a fiction writer and instructional designer. On the Through My Window project, she is the author of Talk to Me, with a second young-adult novel in progress, and a designer and editor of the online learning adventures.