Senior Researcher

Program/Areas of Interest

Computational thinking
Middle grades education
Design-based research
Teacher professional learning
STEM education evaluation

TERC Projects

Biographical Summary

Dr. Michael Cassidy has over a decade of experience as an educator and researcher in mathematics and science education.

Michael’s research and evaluation work draws on professional experiences as a teacher and teacher educator in the Southeast. His current work focuses on fidelity of implementation of mathematics and science intervention programs, computational thinking, and robotics. Before joining SEEC at TERC, Michael was a middle and elementary school science and English language arts teacher in Title I schools, an instructor of pre-service middle grades teachers, and a supervisor of student teachers in urban and rural field placements. He is especially interested in teachers’ perspectives about their professional learning, the impact of STEM educational programs on learning opportunities, particularly for members of underrepresented groups, and application of computational thinking across content areas.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing and watching sports. He has also been involved in community service projects. 


Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Practice with an emphasis in Middle Grades Education, University of Georgia

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