Dr Carol O’Donnell

Dr Carol O’Donnell

Executive Director-Smithsonian Science Education Center

Biography

Dr Carol O’Donnell is Senior Executive and Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, dedicated to transforming K-12 Education through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe (http://ssec.si.edu). Carol serves on numerous boards and committees, including the InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Global Council, the global network of science academies; and the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on School Connectivity. In her role on the Program Committee for the International Dialogue on STEM Education, Carol co-authored the position paper on STEM Education for Sustainable Development (http://bit.ly/3a3ObkS). Carol has expertise in K-12 education policy, having served as a leader at the US ministry of education; cognition and student learning and education research, having served as a research analyst at the Institute of Education Sciences, and curriculum development. A former teacher, Dr O’Donnell is on the part-time faculty of the Physics Department at George Washington University, where she earned her doctorate.

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