About

I’m maintaining this blog as part of the work of MSPnet.org.  The purpose is to scan the parts of the blogosphere that are relevant to science, math, technology, and engineering education, pick something interesting out of the stream from time to time, and bring it to the attention of the MSPnet community.

Who am I?  I’m  Brian Drayton, Co-Director of TERC’s Center for School Reform. TERCis a not-for-profit science and math ed R&D institute, located in Cambridge, MA.

I have been at  since 1986, 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 Machines, Inc. I have a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics. I am married to Darcy Drayton, an artist and writer; we have two grown sons, Micah and Abraham, who live in the Boston area.

About the name.  The name is a pun on “boghaunter,” which is a dragonfly in the genus Williamsonia.  The Ringed Boghaunter, Williamsonia lintneri, is endangered in New Hampshire, where I live. For more about it, see http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/resource001119_rep1394.pdf

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