Steven McGee

Steven Michael McGee

Instructor, Master of Science in Education
Research Associate Professor, Learning Sciences

Annenberg Hall
Room 141
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-3113
Steven McGee (PhD 1995, Learning Sciences, Northwestern; BS 1988, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern) is a Research Associate Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. McGee's areas of research are science education reform, teacher leadership, assessment and educational technology. He currently serves as the director of the NU Leadership Academy for School Improvement, which provides teacher leadership support for Chicago elementary and high school science teachers involved in curriculum reform projects. McGee is an active faculty member in the design and implementation of the new masters in teacher leadership program at Northwestern. He is the former director of the Meaningful Science Consortium, which facilitated transformation of high school science departments in Chicago through project-based curricula, professional development, coaching, and aligned assessments. He is also a former director of the NASA Classroom of the Future program, which brings the excitement of NASA science to K-12 schools through the use of advanced technologies.

Curriculum Vitae
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Year Degree Institution
2000 MBA Wheeling Jesuit University
1995 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
1988 BS, Human Dev & Social Pol Northwestern University

Year Title  
1995 Designing Curricula Based on Science Communities of Practice

Chicago Public Schools NASA Capstone Course for Space Science
Chicago Transformation Teacher Institutes (CTTI)
Elementary Education Science Partnership (E2SP)
Meaningful Science Consortium (MSC)

Research Interests
Science education, urban education reform, assessment, educational technology, curriculum design.


LRN_SCI 427 Design of Learning Environments for Teachers This course is an introduction to issues in the design, enactment, and study of innovative learning environments. The course concerns both the theory and practice of design. A crucial part of the design process is the way in which designs are taken up in the real world. This course is geared specifically towards teachers and their needs as designers. Oftentimes, teachers are given a designed curriculum and expected to make sense of and implement this design in their classroom. The way in which teachers adapt these artifacts to make them workable designs for their particular classroom situation is a primary focus of this course. In looking at how design becomes a reality in the classroom, teachers will consider implications of cognitive and social interaction learning theories for design. Throughout the course teachers will be applying these theories of design to a collaborative design project.
LRN_SCI 438 Teaching with Technology Teaching with Technology is a course designed to help teachers use empirical models to explore new technologies, evaluate their educational potential, and develop scenarios of use consistent with their teaching philosophy. The course starts with a reflection on the relationship between teaching philosophy and technology use. We will also explore children’s everyday uses of technology. We then will take an in-depth look at three emerging technologies: personal broadcasting (e.g., blogs, podcasts), Wikipedia, and gaming. In each case, you will get extensive experience with the technology, examine empirical models that can be applied to the technologies, and reflect on how the technologies intersect with your teaching philosophy. The course also provides exposure to a variety of technologies that are common school settings.
LRN_SCI 468 Leading with Technology
MS_ED 415 Teacher Leadership: Environmental Issues: Climate
MS_ED 416 Teacher Leadership: Environmental Issues: Energy
MS_ED 417 Teacher Leadership: Nanotechnology
MS_ED 436 Design of Learning Environments for Teachers
MS_ED 450 TLE: Leading Teacher Teams In this course, teachers review current research on distributed leadership and professional development. They analyze the professional development plan created in MSED 449 and implement portions of their plan. Teachers also analyze organizational structures for planning and reflection. They use the results of their analysis to propose and implement a new routine to address an organizational challenge. This class starts a year-long leadership project, which is completed in the two-quarter Practicum in School Leadership, MSED 460.
MS_ED 451 Topics in Teacher Leadership: Formative and Benchmark Assessment
MS_ED 461 Topics in Teacher Leadership: Formative and Benchmark Assessment

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