Elaine Laughlin New Director of Development at TERC

December 3, 2003

TERC is pleased to announce the appointment of Elaine Laughlin as its first Director of Development. Ms. Laughlin began her work at TERC on December 1, 2003.

“The position of Director of Development is one of great strategic importance to TERC,” said TERC President Dennis M. Bartels, “and we are extremely pleased to have a person of Elaine’s experience and abilities in this position. Her work will be critical to our efforts to expand our core work and support emerging programs.”

Last year, TERC reached nearly 2 million students and thousands of educators through is programs, products and services. As the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organizationÂ’s new Director of Development, Laughlin will be leading TERCÂ’s efforts to diversify its funding base through outreach to foundations, corporations and individuals. She will work closely with the Office of the President and other work units to build relationships with organizations and individuals that share TERCÂ’s belief in the importance and value of hands-on learning and teaching in mathematics and science.

“Through my work managing nonprofit programs, in particular with WGBH and NOVA, I became more interested in math and science literacy. TERC is a leader in this area, and this new position was an extremely attractive opportunity to continue to support this work,” Laughlin said.

Laughlin has worked for more than twenty years managing programs and raising funds for Greater Boston nonprofit organizations. As Senior Program Manager at WGBH from 2000-2003, she managed relationships with local and national foundations, raising more than $10 million for broadcast and educational outreach programs. At WBUR, Boston's NPR news affiliate, she secured funding for radio projects from individuals and foundations. She also served as Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts, and held development and marketing positions at the Freedom Trail Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Alliance and Arts/Boston.

TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1965, TERC's mission has been to improve math, science, and technology teaching and learning. TERC works at the edges of current theory and practice to contribute to the understanding of learning and teaching, foster professional development, develop applications of new technologies, create curricula and other products, and support school reform.