Yael Wyner

Professional Title
Assistant Professor
About Me (Bio)
Yael Wyner is Assistant Professor of Secondary Education in the School of Education in the City College of New York. She is the PI of Ecology Disrupted: Using scientific data about daily life to link environmental issues to ecological processes in secondary school science classrooms, a collaborative project with the American Museum of Natural History (PI- Steve Gano).
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

This project uses media such as Science Bulletin Snapshots to engage students with current research and to foster scientific understanding and civic engagement. Through environmental case studies, students learn to develop hypotheses, analyze scientific data, and make conclusions. To address the objectives, the project will create inquiry-based case studies to situate several central ecological principles, as determined by national and state standards, into the context of environmental issues.

The City College of New York, CUNY, American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

We developed and tested two ecology case study units for urban high school students underserved in their connection to nature. The case studies, based on digital media stories about current science produced by the American Museum of Natural History, use current scientific data to link ecological principles to daily life and environmental issues. Preliminary testing results show that treatment students made significantly higher gains than the control students on the project's major learning goals.

The City College of New York, CUNY

This 3-year project seeks to develop and test curricular resources built around handheld mobile technology to study how these materials foster urban middle school student engagement with and learning of local biodiversity and the patterns of evolution.