Director, Bank Street College Science Programs
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Science is everywhere! Not only do I love science, but I enjoy exploring the connections between ideas in science. I am interested in how children’s experience and environment can be used to help them make sense of scientific phenomena. I want to encourage children to ask questions of “why” and “how” and support them in pursuing answers to those questions. Through children’s questions and investigations, they can learn science and discover connections in science and between science and other disciplines for themselves.
I feel it is important to support teachers and future teachers in ways of facilitating and managing students’ science learning experience. Taking approaches to science teaching and learning that allow students to draw on their own experience or are directly to the child are important for helping to motivate learning and bring the science within a child’s reach.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
- Worked for the New York City Department of Education as a classroom science teacher;
- Developed National Science Foundation-funded middle school IQWST curricula (UMichigan, Northwestern, Michigan State);
- New York City Center for Space Science Education;
- Reviewer for California State Education and the Environment Inititative.
Recent Professional Contributions
- For NYCDOE, teacher support of Project-based Inquiry Science(MS), Concepts in Chemistry(HS), Concepts in Biology(HS);
- For University of California, LA, Mathematics and Science Coach at Santee Education Complex (LAUSD, HS), California Science Project PD;
- The Tiorati Environmental Workshop and Kerlin Science Institute for Bank Street College.
- Ph.D., Science Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A., Teaching Chemistry, New York University
- B.S., Biology, University of Miami
Selected Publications and Presentations
Edelson, D., Reiser, B., Rivet, A., Jona, K., Finn, L-E., Rossi, M., Lee, E., & Ingber, J. (2012). How does water shape our world? In J. Krajcik, B. Reiser, L. Southerland, & D. Fortus (Eds.), IQWST: Investigating and questioning our world through science and technology. New York, NY: Sangari Global Education.
Reiser, B., Finn, L-E., Ingber, J., & Lachance-Whitcomb, J. (2012). Why do organisms look the way they do? In J. Krajcik, B. Reiser, L. Southerland, & D. Fortus (Eds.), IQWST: Investigating and questioning our world through science and technology. New York, NY: Sangari Global Education.
Mohan, L., & Ingber, J. (2010). The climate system and greenhouse effect. In C.M Zillmer, L. Mohan, & K.M. Dell (Eds.), Climate change: a guide for teaching climate change in grades 3 through 8. Retrieved from: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/climate/
Mohan, L., & Ingber, J. (2010). The global carbon cycle. In C. M. Zillmer, L. Mohan, & K. M. Dell (Eds.), Climate change: a guide for teaching climate change in grades 3 through 8. Retrieved from: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/multimedia/climate/