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Prior to EDC, Dr. Matsumoto was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Concord and Concord-Carlisle (MA) Public Schools. She also has many years of experience as a school district science supervisor (Brookline, MA) and department chairperson and has taught general science, biology, chemistry, and physics at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in schools in the USA, Brazil, and Japan. She received her Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.
Dr. Matsumoto is an independent education consultant whose current work focuses on implementing innovative teaching and learning and developing creative and critical thinking.
Carolee is particularly interested in integrating learning across formal (e.g., K-12 and Universities) and informal learning environments (e.g., Smithsonian, WGBH Children’s Television, New Bedford (MA) Ocean Explorium) and across all disciplines, especially science and the arts.
During her 20+ years at Education Development Center (EDC), a private, not-for-profit education research and development firm, Dr. Matsumoto was Senior Scientist, Principal Investigator, and Senior Project Director for a number of National and International education projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the Federal Department of Education, and private foundations. Carolee also was the USA Director of a Swedish Foundation and Co-Director of a Best Practices and Innovation Center for K-12 schools in the South Coast region for Chancellor Jean MacCormack, at UMASS Dartmouth. She has also been a consultant, trainer, and speaker to a great number of schools, districts, states, and professional and community organizations.
Dr. Matsumoto has played a variety of roles as a science educator. She was one of the early team members involved in developing the National Science Foundation-funded, Insights K-6 and Middle Level science curriculums, was the Director of the New England Regional Center for Principals as Leaders in Science Project (PALS), coordinator for principal training for the National Science Teachers Association, and Senior Project Director for Technical Assistance to 25 Statewide, Systemic, Initiatives (SSIs) reforming their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education (STEM).
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