Tom Keller

Professional Title
Senior Research Scientist
About Me (Bio)
Thomas E. (Tom) Keller is a Senior Research Scientist at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in Augusta, Maine, as well as the PI of a STEM+C grant. In addition, Tom was the inaugural Executive Director of the Maine STEM Council and chaired the Maine STEM Collaborative. Tom was a senior program officer with the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Board on Science Education where he co-directed the NRC committee that prepared the Framework for K-12 Science Education. In 2007, while a program officer at the National Research Council, he directed the development of the award-winning Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments report. From 1986 to 2007, he held several positions in K-12 education in Maine, including eighteen years as state science supervisor for the Maine Department of Education. He served a term as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and of the Maine Curriculum Leaders Association. He has an Ed.D. in science education from the University of Massachusetts and a B.S. in zoology from Texas A&M University.
University of Cincinnati (UC)

Twelve fifth and sixth grade science teacher specialists and their students in a high needs district in Ohio are engaged in a design-based research project within a three-year professional development effort with faculty in several departments at the University of Cincinnati to study how the engineering design process can be used effectively as a pedagogical strategy in science instruction to improve student interest, learning and skill development.