Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is comprised of three members who will meet annually with the External Evaluator to review progress on the project's milestones.


Dr. Christopher dede

Dr. Christopher Dede s the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies in the Technology, Innovation, and Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For more than two decades he has been at the forefront of research in modeling and in virtual environments (including animated agents) and, as an Advisory Board member his widely used Framework for scaling-up innovation will play an important role in guiding the GbCC project.


charlie gutierrez

Charlie Gutierrez is the Administrative Supervisor for Science for the Austin Independent School District. Mr. Gutierrez serves to further strengthen the integration of perspectives from STEM focused educational leaders in Austin with the project goals. 


Dr. Marcia c. Linn

Dr. Marcia C. Linn is Professor of Development and Cognition in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley with a research focus and extensive background in STEM teaching and learning, gender equity, and design of learning environments. As Advisory Board member her recent work on visualization, automated guidance, classroom assessment and design of inquiry learning environments will be particularly relevant.


Dr. William R. Penuel

Dr. William R. Penuel is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder and will serve on the Advisory Board. During his thirteen years at SRI, including serving as Director of Evaluation Research at the Center of Technology in Learning, he had the opportunity to conduct a variety of design, assessment, and evaluation research studies and developed expertise in educational technologies, classroom assessment, and implementation research. Currently he is serving as Principal Investigator at the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice for a project funded by Institute for Education Sciences to examine practices associated with greater use of research in schools and school districts.


dr. Shelly Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez is a clinical associate professor and Master Teacher with the UTeach Austin program. She has been with UTeach since 2008 and holds a PhD in Science Education from The University of Texas at Austin. Shelly’s areas of expertise include facilitating professional learning communities, sheltered instruction, engineering education, cross cutting practices of the Next Generation Science Standards, and inquiry-based learning in science. Shelly helped to secure the most recent Robert Noyce Grant awarded to UTeach Austin and she is currently working to develop and establish the UTeach Maker initiative.