Rossella Santagata

About Me (Bio)
Rossella Santagata is a Professor at the UC Irvine School of Education, Director of the Center for Research on Teacher Development and Professional Practice, and a member of the Orange County Education Advancement Network (OCEAN). Her research areas include teacher learning in mathematics and science across the professional continuum, adaptive teacher professional development (PD), the use of video to foster teacher professional competence, and participatory design-based implementation research (DBIR). Rossella is interested in research-practice partnerships (RPPs) as approaches to support education innovation and to address racial and socio-economic inequities. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Spencer Foundation. She has disseminated her findings through publications in journals such as the Journal of Teacher Education, the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, the American Education Research Journal, and the Journal of the Learning Sciences. In addition, she has given several keynote presentations both nationally and internationally including in Chile, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and South Korea. She is currently the PI of an RPP project funded by the WT Grant Foundation on reducing inequalities in opportunities to learn mathematics through adaptive teacher PD. She also serves as the PI of three NSF -funded DBIR projects on teacher noticing in college mathematics, environmental engineering education, and conversational agents to support high-school students’ science communication.
University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine)

This project is an innovative exploratory research study focused on developing a high school environmental engineering curriculum that addresses the challenges posed by climate change. The curriculum follows a model-validate-iterate design paradigm, where students model dynamic real-world systems, validate their models using data, and create multiple iterations to explore changes in the system over time. The project aims to cultivate a new generation of environmental engineers who possess the necessary skills to analyze complex systems, collaborate with diverse communities, and develop creative solutions.