Inductees have included elementary, middle school, and high school classroom teachers, college and university professors, administrators, and practicioners [sic] of informal science education.
Inductees must have
been involved in science education in Massachusetts for a minimum of twenty years…made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and/or science teaching in Massachusetts…had an effect in school(s) and/or system(s)…had an effect statewide/regionally…[and] nationally… introduced/modified new teaching/learning programs… done workshops and lectures for student groups… publications related to science/education of value to science educators… provided service to professional organizations.. [demonstrated] enthusiastic and continual search for knowledge [and] leadership in science education…[had]long-term impact on students [and finally, have received]recognition of contributions such as awards/citations from recognized groups.
Sandi meets all of these criteria.
Sandi has devoted her entire career to improving inquiry-based, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. She has an extensive background in science, ecology and science education, which includes teaching at every level from kindergarten through graduate school and in Professional Development programs for both classroom teachers and informal educators. She also has a lengthy portfolio of curriculum materials she has developed and publications in science education. In addition to her teaching and publishing, Sandi has held leadership positions with several organizations engaged in science education. She has served on a large number of government committees and commissions, developing the Next Generation Science Standards and improving science education, and she has a long list of professional affiliations.
Since becoming the Executive Director of MITS, Sandi has expanded and improved MITS programs. MITS’ signature work began as summer institutes for elementary teachers through collaborations among museums, aquaria, nature centers, and other non-profit science education organizations in Massachusetts. This is now a program that touches both elementary and secondary teachers and enhances the efforts of over 100 informal organizations (such as zoos, nature centers, cultural institutions, museums) to educate children, teachers, schools and the public. Through all of her work, Sandi demonstrates a long term and continued focus on improving STEM education and has a deep commitment to educating young people to become informed citizens and potential scientists
Sandi’s close connections with teachers and schools have led to more recent efforts to work directly with school districts and individual schools delivering customized Professional Development programs for teachers, preparation for meeting the new standards and research-based instructional strategies. In all of MITS’ programs, Sandi is an active leader in the various professional development activities.