Senior Research Associate and Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
In her role at CIESE, Beth McGrath manages program development and implementation and guides collaborations with K-12 schools and other educational partners. Since 1988, CIESE has collaborated with K-12 and university educators, researchers, policymakers and educational organizations to develop curriculum materials, conduct professional development programs and research new methodologies to strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
The work of the CIESE team has earned much recognition, including the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, which were presented January 27, 2011 at a White House ceremony. Since 2004, CIESE has garnered $26 million in grant funding, including five National Science Foundation grants. McGrath was appointed to the Standing Committee of the National Assessment of Education Progress, NAEP 2014 Technology Education Literacy Assessment, the first ever national assessment of engineering literacy to be administered at 8th grade.
She is also leading the Research & Innovation in Engineering Education initiative at Stevens, aimed at strengthening teaching and learning in undergraduate education at Stevens. McGrath has written and spoken for national and international audiences on the impact of technology on teaching and learning in K-16. She graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Mass Communications and completed a Master of Education degree with high honor at the University of Maryland in December 2004.
Areas of Expertise
STEM education and the role of innovation in the American economy Education reform, No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top Standardized testing Teacher education The impact of the Internet and technology on education
- "No More Pencils, No More Books: Technology-Driven Education in NJ Schools" - NJ Spotlight
- "Senator Menendez congratulates Stevens Institute on presidential award" - NJ.com
- "Stevens makes Forbes top 20 for diversity" - NJ.com.
- "Study points to uncertainty of K-12 engineering standards" - eSchoolNews
- "Teacher Professional Development Programs in Grades 3-8: Promoting Teachers’ and Students’ Content Knowledge in Science and Engineering"