TERC Names George E. Hein Chairman of the Board, Welcomes Three New Members

March 26, 2014


Ken Mayer

Cambridge, MA – TERC’s Board of Trustees has elected Dr. George E. Hein, renowned museum educator and Dewey scholar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and has appointed three new members: Dr. Larry Leverett, Director of the Panasonic Foundation; Dr. Martin Storksdieck, Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Alice Wilder, CEO of KIDOZ. Dr. Hein, who joined the Board in 1999, takes over from Arthur Nelson who is retiring from the Board after nearly fifty years of service.

“Arthur Nelson founded TERC in 1965, and throughout his tenure on the Board he held a consistent vision for TERC as an instrument of innovation and positive change for math and science education,” said Dr. Hein. “I am honored that the Board has trusted me with continuing to carry out that vision, and I am grateful to Arthur for his guidance and leadership during my time on the Board as Co-Chairman and member.”

TERC President Dr. Frank Davis said, “George champions education for all students and fully understands its essential role in supporting a democratic society.  TERC is very fortunate to have his leadership and that of our distinguished Board. Their vast experience in education research, policy, and administration will ensure that TERC’s contributions and place within our country’s educational infrastructure continues for at least another 50 years.”

Dr. Hein, Professor Emeritus at Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, has decades of experience as a curriculum developer, science educator, and director of national programs to facilitate systemic school change, as well as extensive experience in museum education and visitor studies research. Early in his career he was an academic research chemist. In 1976, he founded the Program Evaluation Research Group (PERG) at Lesley University. Dr. Hein also developed and directed the university’s first Ph.D. program. Most recently, he was a Museum Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute (2011) and held a Fellowship in Museum Practice at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (2009-2010). He is the author of the critically acclaimed book Progressive Museum Practice: John Dewey and Democracy (Left Coast Press, 2012) as well as Learning in the Museum . (Routledge 1998). Dr. Hein was President of TERC from 2006-2007.

Dr. Larry Leverett is the Executive Director of the Panasonic Foundation, a corporate foundation with a mission to improve learning for all students in public school systems with high percentages of children in poverty. His career in education has included urban and suburban experiences as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, assistant superintendent, school board member, assistant state commissioner of education, as well as fifteen years as superintendent in three school districts.

 Dr. Martin Storksdieck  is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences.  He oversees studies that address a wide range of issues related to K-16 and out-of-school science education and science learning.  Based on NAS studies, Martin and his team provide evidence-based advice to decision-makers in policy, academia, and educational practice. Before joining the NRC, Martin served as director of project development and senior researcher at the non-profit Institute for Learning Innovation.

Dr. Alice Wilder is the educational advisor for Amazon Kids Original Programming, helping to implement Amazon's unique educational point of view into the development of new series. She also serves as the Chief Content Officer for Speakaboos, a kid-centric, cross-publisher literacy platform and is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of Cha-Ching: Money Smart Kids airing in Asia on Cartoon Network. Her work also includes being the Co-Creator and Head of Research and Education for Super Why! on PBS Kids, and a Producer and the Director of Research and Development for Nick Jr.’s Blue’s Clues.

About TERC

For nearly fifty years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. Led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals, TERC is an independent, nonprofit, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities.