Program/Areas of Interest
Life sciences and climate change; Laboratory learning; Learning disabilities
Gilly is currently a co-leader of the Life Sciences Initiative at TERC. This group seeks to understand the nature of students’ encounters with living systems through laboratory experiences. The goal is to develop an integrated K-13 progression in life sciences curriculum and associated teacher professional development.
Gilly is currently the principal investigator of two projects: Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet and Girls Energy Conservation Corps (GECCo). Biocomplexity is focused on developing a high school capstone course in Ecological Environmental Science, while GECCo engages 8 – 10 year old girls as change agents in energy conservation. She is also currently co-PI of Under the Microscope, Accessing Science Ideas (ASI) and Atlantic Institute for the Biological Sciences. Under the Microscope is examining the published research on life-science laboratory experiences to assess the extent to which teaching the distinctive characteristics of biology is studied and effective; ASI is studying curriculum content enhancements that address the challenges posed by learning life sciences to students with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms; and Atlantic Institute is a Math-Science Partnership between Salem State College, University of Puerto Rico, TERC and 14 school districts in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico to enhance the teaching and learning of life sciences in grades 7-13.
American Education Research Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, Ecological Society of America, Learning Disabilities Association
Puttick, G., Drayton, B., Pickett, S. and Berkowitz, A. Environmental Science and Biocomplexity. Mt. Kisco, NY: Its About Time Publishers. (Textbook to appear 2015)