Ruth Kermish-Allen, Ph.D.

Ruth Kermish Allen

MMSA Title: Executive Director

Ruth Kermish-Allen joined Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance as Executive Director in November 2014. She has extensive experience in STEM education research, project development, implementation, and evaluation. She has served as principal investigator for a variety of NSF, EPA, and USDA funded STEM education projects that integrated innovative technologies with place-based environmental education in K-12 classroom settings.

Ruth began her career as a forest ecologist and then decided to merge her love of ecology with her passion for teaching as she completed an M.Ed. in science and environmental education at the University of Maine. She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies with a focus in STEM education at Antioch University New England.

Phone: (207) 626-3230 x300

Email: all emails are first initial last name at mmsa.org

Projects:

AR Girls
i2i
PeBLES2
Weatherblur

Publications:

(2019) The utility of citizen science projects in K-5 schools: measures of community engagement and student impacts: Cultural Studies of Science Education

(2019) Turning the King Tide: Understanding Dialogue and Principal Drivers in an Online Co-Created Investigation: Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

(2019) Energy for ME: Empowering Students to Community Action Through Integrated Technologies: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

(2018) The utility of citizen science projects in K-5 schools: measures of community engagement and student impacts: Cultural Studies of Science Education

(2018) Using Q-Sort Methodology to test the Non-hierarchical Online Learning Community (NHOLC) Framework: The Journal of Community Informatics

(2017) Design Principles of Online Learning Communities in Citizen Science: Maine Policy Review

(2017) Toward a Sociocultural Learning Theory Framework to Designing Online learning Communities in Citizen Science: The Journal of Community Informatics

(2017) Out-of-School Learning – Citizen science: SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning pg 90-91

(2016) Doctoral Thesis:  Designing for Online Collaborations and Local Environmental Action In Citizen Science: A Multiple Case Study: Antioch University

(2016) Measuring Student Career Interest within the Context of Technology-Enhanced STEM Projects: A Cross-Project Comparison Study Based on the Career Interest Questionnaire: Journal of Science Education and Technology

(2016) Erratum to: Measuring Student Career Interest within the Context of Technology-Enhanced STEM Projects: a Cross-Project Comparison Study Based on the Career Interest Questionnaire: Journal of Science Education and Technology

(2015) Measuring Primary Students’ Graph Interpretation Skills Via a Performance Assessment: A case study in instrument development: International Journal of Science Education

(2015) Student and Teacher Teams Using High Resolution Electricity Monitoring to Create Local Change: Journal of Sustainability Education

(2013) Communities for Rural Education, Stewardship, and Technology (CREST): A Rural Model for Teacher Professional Development: Teaching Science and Investigating Environmental Issues with Geospatial Technology

(2011) Building STEM Career Pathways for Technology-Enabled Youth: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

(2010) Technology Integration in Rural Schools: A publication of the Island Institute

(2009) Communities for Rural Education, Stewardship, and Technology (CREST): Successful Methodologies for STEM Implementation and Influencing Teacher Practice: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

(2009) Promoting Technology Implementation in NSF ITEST Projects

(2008) The ITEST Experience: Combining Cutting Edge Technology and Pedagogy for Teacher Professional Development, Part 1: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

During this pandemic educators have been forced to reinvent the way they reach kids and all of us here at MMSA have been working hard to shift our programming, professional learning opportunities, and research to overcome this incredibly difficult challenge for educators across Maine and the nation.  

Your support is a crucial component of our efforts to continually expand STEM education programs during these uncertain and challenging times.

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