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Joni Falk


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  • Researcher 


Joni Falk co-directs the Center for School Reform at TERC, a nonprofit research and development institution aimed at improving mathematics and science teaching and learning. Much of her recent work has focused on creating and researching electronic learning communities. She is currently the Principal Investigator or the electronic learning community that supports NSF's Math and Science Partnership Program, and of the collaborative community created for NSF's flagship IGERT program (Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program).

She is co-editor of, and a contributor to, a recently published book entitled "Creating and Sustaining Online Professional Learning Communities."

In addition to developing and researching e-communities for leaders engaged in educational reform, Falk is also Co-PI of two research projects that are studying the effects of technology infusion on science teaching and learning. These are "Researching Science in the Wireless High School" and "Infusing Web-based Digital Resources into the Middle School Science Classroom: Strategies and Challenges."
Joni has a particular interest in science inquiry at the middle school level. She was Principal Investigator of "Eyes to the Future" an NSF funded tele-mentoring project that connects middle school girls with high school role models and women scientists and also of a research project "The Inquiry-based Classroom in Context," a research project studying the gap between teachers' practice and policy mandates. 


Joni's areas of expertise include electronic communities of practice, science inquiry in middle school, technology that supports science education, and systemic reform. 


Falk, J.K. et al (2009). Structuring a virtual conference to facilitate collaboration and reflective dialogue. In J.K. Falk and B Drayton (Eds.), Creating and sustaining online professional learning communities (pp. 175-203) New York and London: Teachers College Press.

Falk, J.K. and Drayton B. (2009). MSPnet: Design Dimensions for Nested Learning Communities. In J.K. Falk and B Drayton (Eds.), Creating and sustaining online professional learning communities (pp. 175-203) New York and London: Teachers College Press.

Drayton, B., J. K. Falk, R.Stroud, K. Hobbs, and J. Hammerman (2009) After Installation: Ubiquitous Computing and High School Science in Three Experienced, High-Technology Schools. Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment. 9(3).

Falk, J., Lee, S-Y., and B. Drayton (2005). MSPnet: Nested communities interacting online. Presented at MSP Evalation Summit, Sept. 2005.

Falk, J, et al. (2005) Infusing Web-based Digital Resources into the Middle School Science Classroom: Strategies and Challenges (Presented to AERA annual meeting 2005)

Drayton, B. and J. Falk (2006) Dimensions that shape teacher-scientist collaborations for teacher enhancement. Science Education. 90(4).

Falk, J. and Brian Drayton (2004) State testing and inquiry based science: Are they complementary or competing reforms? Journal of Educational Change 5:4 344-387.

Falk, J and B. Drayton (2001b) Teachers' Definitions of Inquiry-based science in the context of systemic reform. Paper presented to AERA annual meeting, April 2001.

Falk, J. and B. Drayton (2001c) Cultivating a culture of inquiry. Hands On! Vol. 23 (2).

Falk, J. and Brian Drayton. (1999a) Local Systemic Change Network: From Policy to Enactment. Paper presented at MOFET International Conference 1999.

Falk, J. K. and Brian Drayton (1998) Many Futures: Mentoring Middle School Girls. Hands On! 21(3):24-28. 

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Site Contributions
05/03/18Facilitator webinar for the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
05/02/18Presenter webinar for the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
03/06/18STEM For All Video Showcase Presenter Webinar
05/04/17Facilitator webinar for STEM for All Video Showcase
05/03/17Presenter webinar for STEM for All Video Showcase
03/15/17Webinar for NSF INCLUDES Showcase Facilitators
03/08/17STEM for All Video Showcase webinar
02/22/17NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase webinar
09/14/16MSPnet site walk-through
06/09/16RC discussion on the 2016 Video Showcase
05/12/16Videohall Presenter Webinar
05/12/16Videohall Facilitator Webinar
02/10/16video showcase outreach meeting
11/18/15RC Showcase Planning Meeting
05/07/15Webinar for Facilitators of the NSF 2015 Teaching & Learning Video Showcase
05/29/14Webinar with R+P Collaboratory: Negotiating Problems of Practice with Bill Penuel
04/08/14R+P Collaboratory Leadership meeting - Quarterly Website Review
03/27/14Negotiating Research Practice Partnerships
02/06/14I3 Planning meeting
12/11/13I3 planning
10/31/13I3 Planning meeting
08/14/13Website, PANs, Content Exchange
08/13/13R+P Collaboratory Leadership meeting
07/16/13R+P Collaboratory Leadership meeting
07/11/13NSF IES Development/Demo Meeting
07/10/13Discussing Interview with MSP Projects about MSPnet
06/26/13MSPnet Tutorial
03/28/13Inverness Webinar
03/21/13New Project Webinar - SABES
01/29/13New Project Webinar
12/10/12iEvolve New Project Webinar
08/29/12APS Forum on Education features MSPnet and MSP projects engaged in Physics
04/02/09Creating and Sustaining Online Professional Learning Communities
10/12/06Top Tips for Moderators of Online Discussions
04/24/06MSPnet 2006 Annual Report
04/04/06MSPnet: Nested Communities Interacting Online
01/28/052005 MSP Conference Presentation
01/19/05State Testing and Inquiry Based Science: Are They Complementary or Competing Reforms?
11/05/04Introductory Presentation
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