Research and Evaluation Coordinator
Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center)
109 Estabrooke Hall
Master of Science in Teaching (Mathematics and Physical Science), University of Maine, 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, Brown University, 2009
Before joining the RiSE Center as a Master of Science in Teaching student, Laura grew up in rural Maine, travelled and studied abroad, ran an organic farm business, founded two non-profit organizations and graduated with a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University. Currently, Laura coordinates education research and evaluation projects. Her CV can be found here.
Her personal research interests include knowledge for assessment (K4A); specifically, the knowledge teachers use when planning and implementing classroom formative assessment. This was the subject of her MST thesis. Laura is also interested in using clustered misconceptions-based questions to probe student thinking and learning about various topics in science, developing methods for analyzing and using data to inform classroom instruction in real-time, building professional communities with a capacity to gather and use data as meaningful evidence, methods for measuring learning among students and teachers, and the nature of evidence when making claims about changes (or not) in attitudes, achievement, thinking, and learning.