Dr. Rauchwerk combines her passion for science and the environment with her clinical experiences in teaching through Critical Exploration to engage and inspire learners of all ages.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Critical exploration method developed by Dr. Eleanor Duckworth; scientific research; ecology; teacher professional development;
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Elementary education; science; teaching and learning; curriculum and assessment
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Elementary Science Methods; Ecology of Teaching; Classroom and School Inquiry; Leadership in Action; Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction; Action Research and Seminar; Dimensions of Teaching and Learning; Science and Ethics of Gardening
Education: Ed.D., Harvard University; M.Ed., Harvard University; B.S., Rutgers--the State University of New Jersey
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Susan Rauchwerk serves as the Interstate and NBPTS Faculty Liaison for the Elementary Education program, and as the Faculty Coordinator for the Urban Teacher Center, a clinically based program uniquely designed to train teachers to address the needs of students in urban schools. Dr. Rauchwerk received her undergraduate ecology degree and teaching certificate in from Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey. She completed her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University, studying under Eleanor Duckworth. She has a strong background in science, education, administration, and teacher professional development through her twenty years with the Massachusetts Audubon Society at Trailside Museum and as the Education Manager for Drumlin Farm. As the Director of Education for Earthwatch Institute, Dr. Rauchwerk conducted scientific research around the globe, and developed grants and learning opportunities for teachers and students to work alongside scientists.Susan serves as a board member for Critical Explorers, an organization committed to developing curriculum materials that can engage all students in deep, meaningful learning experiences. Her teaching-research method involves all students in hands-on explorations that invite learners to become critical thinkers and reflective practitioners.
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Susan's Earthwatch projects include Live from the Field and the Classroom Earth Project.