Co-Director, Center for School Reform
Program/Areas of Interest
Inquiry in science; Electronic communities; Teacher change; Ecology and life science curriculum; Discourse analysis; Public understanding of science
I have been at TERC since 1986 (with a 4-month hiatus in 1988), working on a wide range of projects, primarily in the following fields:
- Research: (in projects such as The Inquiry-Based Science Classroom in Context, Researching Science in the Wireless High School, Under the Microscope)
- Curriculum development: (Biocomplexity and the Habitable Planet, Global Lab, The Ecology Curriculum, Astrobiology, Star Schools, MBL)
- Teacher Professional Development: (Hands-On Elementary Science, Teacher Enhancement in Pedagogy through Ecology (TEPE), Lab-net)
- Electronic communities: (Lab-net, LSC-Net, Global Lab, Eyes to the Future, MSPNet and IGERT Resource Center)
Before coming to TERC, I worked as a freelance editor, ran a rest home for 3 years, and worked in the customer education department of LISP Machine, Inc. I have a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics. I am married to Darcy Drayton, an artist; we have two grown sons.
- "After installation: Ubiquitous computing and high school science in three experienced [...]" Brian Drayton, Joni Falk, Rena Stroud, Kathryn Hobbs, and James (Jim) Hammer man (2009) Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment 9 (3)
- Climate change a spiritual challenge and Becoming again a witnessing body: Two letters to New England Friends. Brian Drayton. (2012) Quaker Issues BHFH-1013, Boston: Beacon Hill Friends House.
- Creating and Sustaining Online Professional Learning Communities Joni Falk and Brian Drayton (eds.) (2009) New York: Teachers College Press.
- "Editorial: An important review of plant reintroductions" Richard B. Primack and Brian Drayton (2011) Biological Conservation: 144:666.
- "Plant species lost in an isolated conservation area in Metropolitan Boston from 1894 to 1993" Brian Drayton and Richard B. Primack (1996)Conservation Biology 10 (1) . 30-39.
- "State testing and inquiry-based science: Are they complementary or competing reforms?" Joni Falk and Brian Drayton (2004) Journal of Educational Change 5 (4) . 344-387.
- "Success rates for reintroductions of eight perennial species after fifteen years" Brian Drayton and Richard B. Primack (2012) – Restoration Ecology Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 299–303
- "The test of time: Ubiquitous computing visions and realities in 7 pioneering schools" Brian Drayton, Joni Falk, Rena Stroud, Kathryn Hobbs, and James Hammerman (2010) – White paper. Cambridge, MA: TERC.
- What, where, who? Learning in an Innovate to Mitigate pilot team Brian Drayton and Gilly Puttick. —A working paper. Cambridge, MA:TERC.
- "Under the microscope: Review of the research on biological lab experiences 1987-2007" Brian Drayton, Gillian Puttick, and Meghan Donovan. – A research White Paper. Cambridge, MA: TERC.
- Primack, R.B., A.J. Miller-Rushing, and B. Drayton. 2014. Reply to Angelo: Declines in species in Thoreau’s Concord and the Middlesex Fells, Massachusetts, USA. Phytoneuron 2014-61: 1–5.
- Stroud, R., B. Drayton, J Falk (2014) Interactive Whiteboard Use in High-Tech Science Classrooms: Technology Adoption and Integration. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Education. 9(9). http://online-journals.org/index.php/i-jet/index
- Puttick, G., B. Drayton, and E. Cohen (2015) A study of the literature on lab-based instruction in Biology. American Biology Teacher 77 (1): 12-18
- Drayton, B., G. Puttick, A. Drayton, T Lloyd-Evans (2015) Co-inventing the Climate Lab: First lessons from an innovative partnership. Hands On! Spring 2015, pp. 3-5.
- Puttick, G., B. Drayton, and J. Karp (2015). Digital curriculum in the classroom: Authority, control, and teacher role. International Journal on Emerging Technologies in Learning. 10 (6):11-20.
- Drayton, B. (2015a) Discourse analysis of comments on a climate change op-ed. Part 2. Working Papers from the Life Sciences Initiative. Cambridge, MA: TERC. https://terc.edu/display/Library/Discourse+Analysis+of+Comments+on+a+Climate+Change+Op-Ed%2C+Part+1
- Drayton, B. ( 2015b) Interrogating and Reconstructing Practice. Section ii: Present:Within institutions, Introduction. In Eryaman, M.Y. & Bruce, B. C., eds., Handbook of Progressive Education. New York: Peter Lang. pp 231-238
- Drayton, B. (2016a) Review: Dale Stokes, The fish in the forest: Salmon and the web of life. Biological Conservation , p. 36. DOI information: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.11.011
- Drayton, B, T. Lloyd-Evans, G. Puttick, E. Dalton, and A. Drayton (2016) Mechanisms for the mutual appropriation of goals in a partnership between educators and a field research station: boundaries and boundary objects. Presented at the North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, WI, July 2016.
- Drayton, B. and G. Puttick (2016b) Digital design of "smart images": A design story. Educational Designer. 3:9. http://educationaldesigner.org/ed/volume3/issue9/article32/index.htm
- Bernstein, D., B. Drayton, S. McKenney, and C. Schunn (2016) Designing Science Curriculum for Implementation at Scale: Considerations for Diverse and Resource-Limited Settings. Proceedings of the ICLS 2016, Singapore: pp 886-889. https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/icls2016.128
- Puttick, G. and B. Drayton (2017) Biocomplexity: Aligning an "NGSS-ready" curriculum with NGSS performance expectations. American Biology Teacher Vol. 79, No 5, pages. 344–349.
- Drayton, B. (2017) Teacher knowing: Reflections on a student-teacher dialogue and implications for professional development. Cambridge, MA: TERC Working Paper. https://terc.edu/display/Library/Teacher+knowing%3A+Reflections+on+a+student-teacher+dialogue+and+implications+for+professional+development\\
- Puttick, G., B. Drayton, and A.G. Drayton (2017) Innovate to Mitigate: Science Learning in an Open-innovation Challenge for High School Students. Sustainability in Environment Vol. 2, No. 4, 2017. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.22158/se.v2n4p389
- Drayton, B., and G. Puttick (2018) Innovate to Mitigate: Learning as activity in a team of high school students addressing a climate mitigation challenge. Sustainability in Environment 3(1). URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.22158/se.v3n1p1.
- Bopardikar, A., D. Bernstein, B. Drayton, and S. McKenney (2018) Work-based curriculum to broaden learners' participation in science: Insights for designers. Research in Science Education.