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Jane Horwitz

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Jane Horwitz
Director, Science Outreach Initiative
University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences

Jane Horwitz is the Director of the Science Outreach Initiative for the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she helps to link STEM faculty and other researchers to educational opportunities in K-12 schools and the community. The office grew out of the Penn Science Teacher Institute, an NSF-funded initiative offering masters degrees and other professional development opportunities for middle and high school science teachers. Prior to assuming this role, she led the Penn-Merck Collaborative for Science Education in the Graduate School of Education, providing programming for K-8 educators from Philadelphia public schools. She has degrees in botany (A.B., Smith College) and science education (M.S.T., University of Pennsylvania), and a certificate in non-profit administration from Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. She is the former Director of Education of the New Jersey State Aquarium at Camden; and has also worked at The Franklin Institute, Penn’s Morris Arboretum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where she was involved with both school and general public programming and exhibits.

Subject Areas of Interest:
  • astronomy
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • geology
  • math
  • physics
  • psychology

Education Areas of Interest:
  • science content-specific pedagogy courses
  • social justice education
  • education in high need schools
  • urban education
  • interdisciplinary approaches
  • project-based learning
  • gender and education
  • retention
  • organizational culture
  • professional expertise