Leonard Kenyon

Len KenyonMMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist

Hometown: Binghamton, New York

Education: Master’s degree in Teaching from National Louis University in Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from Long Island University, Southampton.

What is your STEM passion area: 3-Dimensional Science Learning because it puts science content and science literacy into context

What did you do before you worked at MMSA: I spent the last seven years as faculty in the Biology Department at Wright State University, Ohio, teaching science education to pre-service teachers and marine biology to undergraduate and graduate students, and doing scientific practices PL with area schools. Prior to that I was a middle school biology teacher where I taught the inception of IQWST curriculum for eight years. Before becoming a science educator, I spent a dozen years as Senior Research Scientist at The Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab at Texas A&M University at Galveston conducting research on endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico and teaching vertebrate zoology.

What do you like to do in your free time: In my free time, I enjoy spending time with his wife and two children on, in, or near the water.

Pronouns: he, him, his

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

Projects: 
Teach ME Outside
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Papers and Presentations

  • Bowers, J., Kenyon, L.O., Kenyon, F.L, Boyd, B., Farrell, A., Boone, W., & Juhas, B. (August, 2019). Improving Teacher Pedagogical Design Capacity and Student Competency with Argumentation Through A Lesson Study Based Professional Development. An interactive poster presentation at European Science Education Research Association (ESERA), Bologna, Italy.
  • Fleming, M. Kenyon, L. Kenyon, L., (December, 2016). Using Democratic Science to Engage Families in Scientific Explanation. A Hands-On Workshop Paper Presented at NARST-Sponsored Session, Columbus, OH.
  • Fleming, M., Kenyon, L. Kenyon, L., & Upayhyay, B (April, 2016). Family Science Night: Experiencing Democratic Science Education in a Middle School. A paper presented at the Annual International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Baltimore, MD.
  • Fleming, M., Kenyon, L., Taskin, N.R., & Kenyon, F.L. (April, 2015). Engaging middle school students in meaningful practices through community engagement. A paper presented at the Annual International Conference of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Chicago, IL.
  • Kenyon, L., Fleming, M., Kenyon, F.L., & Barker, A. (March, 2015). NGSS: The enterprise going where no model has gone before! A paper presented at NSTA Conference Chicago, IL.
  • Fleming, M., Kenyon, L., Kenyon, F.L., & Barker, A. (March, 2015). Interactive science notebooks as integrative assessment tools.  A paper presented at NSTA Conference Chicago, IL.
  • Kenyon, L. (October, 2016) Lessen the impacts of sharks on humans or humans on sharks? Dayton Regional Stem School, FIRST LEGO League.
  • Kenyon, L. & Kenyon, F.L. (August, 2015). Effective Instruction in Learning in Biological Sciences, WSU Biological Sciences Seminar.
  • Kenyon, L. (June, 2012). Curriculum Adoption with Emphasis on NGSS and Practices. Tipp City School Board.

Publications

  • Truong. Kimmy, Kenyon. L. (2017). The Effects of Nitrogen and Potassium on the Growth of Brassica rapaThe Journal of Excellence in Integrated Writing Courses. Wright State University.
  • Fleming, M.A., Kenyon, L.O., Kenyon, L., & Upadhyay, B. (2015). Democratic science: Engaging middle school students in meaningful practices through community engagement. Education in a Democracy: A Journal of the NNER, 7, 37-63.
  • Ferguson, Sarah, Kenyon, L. (2015). Effects of Caffeine and Vitamin E on Wisconsin Fast Plant. The Journal of Excellence in Integrated Writing Courses. Wright State University.
  • Dailey W., Landry, A.M., Jr., Kenyon, F.L., II (2008). Book. The Louisiana Recreational Tarpon Fishery. In Jerald S. Ault (Ed.), Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries (pp. 57-68).  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
  • Landry, A.M., Jr., F.L. Kenyon, II, D.T. Costa, and M.S. Coyne (2005). Population Characteristics of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles in Nearshore Waters of the Upper Texas and Louisiana Coasts. Chelonian Conservation  and Biology 4(4): 801-807.

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