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Jeanne Century

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Jeanne Rose Century is a senior research associate and principal investigator in the Center for Science Education (CSE) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). She currently is directing a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research project investigating the issue of sustainability of reform, focusing on nine school districts across the country that have implemented elementary, inquiry-based science programs for a number of years. Dr. Century also is interested in exploring the new approaches to evaluation, with a particular interest in systemic reform. She has served as part of an evaluation team for one of the NSF-funded SSI projects and was recently a fellow at the National Institute for Science Education (NISE) at the University of Wisconsin, where she co-authored a book on evaluating systemic reform. She is particularly interested in approaches to evaluation that can ensure utilization of the informational and human resources an evaluator can provide.

Dr. Century's past work at EDC over the last decade has included her role as a curriculum writer on two NSF-funded curriculum development projects including the Improving Urban Elementary Science project, which resulted in the nationally distributed K-6, hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum titled Insights. She also has been engaged in a number of projects focusing on providing professional development and technical assistance to urban school districts engaged in science education reform, including 22 school districts that have been part of CSE's Center for Urban Science Education Reform (CUSER).

Dr. Century holds an elementary teaching certificate; a B.A. in general science; an M.Ed. in science education, curriculum and teaching; and received her doctorate in science education from Boston University in January 1997.