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Ellen B. Meier

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ed.D. in Leadership and Organization, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A. in Educational Administration, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in English Education, University of Iowa

Scholarly Interests

  • School reform and technology
  • Technology policy and practice
  • Technology leadership in schools
  • Curriculum and teaching with technology
  • Technology and organizational change

Selected Publications

Crocco, M., Cramer, J. Meier, E. (2008).  (Never) Mind the gap!  Gender equity in social studies research on technology in the twenty-first century.  Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 2(1),19-36.

Orr, M., Berg, B., Shore, R., Meier, E. (2008).Putting the pieces together:  Leadership for change in low-performing urban schools. Education and Urban Society, 40(6), 670-693. 

Horton, D., Meier, E. Mineo, C. (2008, July).  A winning after-school program.  T.H.E. Journal. http://www.thejournal.com/articles/22922

Meier, E. (2005).  Situating Technology Professional Development in Urban Schools.  Journal of Educational Computing Research, 32(4), 395-407.

Miller, S., Meier, E., Payne-Bourcy, L. (2003, October 20). Technology use as a catalyst for change:  A leadership framework for transforming urban teacher preparation.  The International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, 7(12).  http://www.ucalgary.ca/~iejll/

Swan, K.  Holmes, A., Vargas, J., Jennings, S., Meier, E., Rubenfeld, L. (2002).  Situated professional development and technology integration:  The capital area technology and inquiry in education (CATIE) mentoring program.  Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 10(2). 169-190.

grants

Current work with schools: Leadership and professional development
  • TLQP Science and Mathematics Project (2003 - 2009). NY State Teacher Leadership Quality Partnership Program.
  • Enhancing Education Through Technology - Leadership and System Change through Technology Innovation (2008 - 2009). NCLB Title IID through Yonkers Public Schools.
  • LDRS: Laboratory for the Design & Redesign of Schools (2006 - 2009).  NYCDOE through Bank Street College of Education.
  • Jewish Learning in a Digital Age (2008 - 2009).  NCLB Title IID through the NY Board of Jewish Education
  • Building Healthy Communities Online (2008 - 2009). A Learn and Serve America Program through The After School Corporation (TASC).
Current research and evaluation activities
  • Mathematics for All: Multimedia Cases for Inclusion (2003 - 2008).  NSF through Bank Street College of Education
  • Enhancing Education Through Technology - Technology Enhancing Literacy Learning  (2008 - 2010). NCLB Title IID through Ulster Boces
  • Enhancing Education Through Technology (2008 - 2010). NCLB Title IID through S. Westchester Boces
  • Math & Science Partnership (2004 - 2010). NCLB Title IIB through NYC Districts 19 and 23.
  • Teaching American History: America Through the Ages (2006 - 2009). NCLB Title IIC through NYC District 27

professional presentations

  • Meier, E., Moore, F. M., Brydges, S., Sheppard, K., & Miksic, E. (2009, April). Engaging concentric circles of learning: Urban middle school science teachers and a consortium of science experts. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Meier, E., & Mineo, C. (2009, March). Preparing principals to lead with technology. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Mineo, C., & Meier, E. (2009, March). Certifying administrators: Aligning policy and practice for technology leadership. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Wilder, H., Boer, P., & Meier, E. (2009, March). Analyzing ICTs in education implementation programs in developing nations: A logic model framework. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Meier, E., Powell, K., Hollands, F., Mineo, C., Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B. (2008, March).  Math for All:  An opportunity to develop our civic responsibility to inclusion students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Meier, E., Hakim, S. (2008, March). Making a difference for urban classrooms:  Evaluating a college-district technology collaboration.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Meier, E., Lemke, C. (2008, March). Leadership and vision for technology at the state level:  Illusive goal. The Consortium for School Networking.  Washington, D.C.
  • Meier, E., Mineo, C. (2008, March). Leading the way:  Using technology to deepen understanding.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Mineo, C., Meier, E. (2008, March).  Technology, reform, and school-based support structures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B., Meier, E. (2008, March).  Designing effective professional development experiences for teachers serving students with disabilities in k-5 mathematics inclusion classrooms. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  
  • Moore, F., and Meier, E. (2008, March).  Nature’s Early Warning Systems: Teaching Science Using Inquiry and Technology.  Teaching and Learning Celebration
  • Meier, E. & Jacobs, D.  (2007, September). Recommendations from the University of the State of New York’s Technology Policy and Practice Council.  Presentation to the New York Board of Regents.
  • Meier, E.   (2008, April). Teachers as Designers, Shifting the Teaching and Learning Paradigm for the 21st Century.  Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Technology Day.
  • Meier, E. (2008, May). The Role of Technology in Pre-service Education.  Testimony:  New York Board of Regents Higher Education Subcommittee on Teacher Preparation.
  • Meier, E., Powell, K., Hollands, F., Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B. (2007, April). Preparing teachers to teach mathematics in inclusion classrooms:  A case-based approach.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Crocco, M., Meier, E., Cramer, J. (2007, April).  Women, Technology & the Social Studies:  Outlook for the New Century. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B., Meier, E.  (2007, April).  Using video case studies to assess the strengths and needs of diverse learners.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Orr, M., Berg, B., Shore, R. & Meier, E.  (2007, April).  Putting the pieces together:  Change leadership in an urban low-performing school environment.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.
  • Meier, E., Bowman, J. (2007, March). Technology and State Education Policies:  Leveraging Change.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education.  San Antonio, Texas.
  • Meier, E., & McIntyre, K. (2007, March).  Inquiry, Technology, and Nature’s Early Warning Systems. Invited speaker for NYSUT at Celebration of Teaching and Learning Conference sponsored by Channel 13 and 21.
  • Meier, E. (2007, February). Music, My iPod and Me. Invited speaker at Music Tech Fair, Hoff-Barthelson Music School.  Scarsdale, New York
  • Meier, E.  (2006, November).  First principles:  Critical Literacies in the Digital Age.  Invited Speaker at the formation of the Interdisciplinary Center for Leadership in Technology Integration and Critical Literacies (I-Celtic).  Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
  • Meier, E. (2006, October).  The Challenge of Innovating in Education:  The Need for Vision and the Problem with Change.   Invited speaker, EdLab Group.  Teachers College, Columbia University.  New York, NY.  October 11, 2006.
  • Meier, E. (2006, June).  Contradictions: The Introduction of Technology and our Current Culture of Accountability.  Invited speaker at New York City Council Education and Technology Subcommittee Hearing on Technology and the Schools.  June 27, 2006. 
  • Meier, E.  (2006, June).  Trends in Education Pedagogy.  New York State Chief     Information       Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. June 21, 2006.
  • Meier, E. (2006, April). Evaluating Technology Integration:  Raising the Return on Our Investment.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association.  San Francisco, CA. 
  • Moeller, B., Dubitsky, B., Meier, E., & Kantrov, I. (2006, April).  Designing and Using Video case Studies for Professional Development on Inclusion in Elementary Mathematics Classrooms.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA
  • Meier, E., Bowman, J., & Jacobs, D. (2006, March). Technology Leadership at the State Level.   Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE), Orlando, FL
  • Meier, E. (2006, March). Gender, Technology and Social Studies:  What’s the Problem?  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Orlando, FL.
  • Meier, E. (2006, February).  Integrating Technology into your Music Classroom. Invited speaker, Music Tech Fair, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Scarsdale, New York.  February 12, 2006. 
  • Meier, E. & Horton, D.  (2005, April). The role of content knowledge in process of integrating technology.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Meier, E. (2005, March).  Setting the Stage for Reflective Practice:  Faculty Development of Multimedia Case Studies. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Meier, E. (2004).  Lessons Learned for Integrating Technology:  Results of the New York State Catalyst Project. Invited Speaker, Symposium at City College:  Ideas for the Successful Integration of Technology in Schools. May 27, 2004.
  • Meier, E., (2004). A situated model for integrating technology in an urban school district.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Meier, E. (2004). Lessons Learned from the New York Catalyst Grant: Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology.  Speaker, New York State Association of Teacher Education Annual Spring Conference.
  • Meier, E., Miller, S., Pack, G., Newman, D., Teh-Yuan Wan, Shablak, S., Payne-Bourcy, L., Horton, D., Ganesan, R., Zhou, M. (2004).  The problem of scaling up:  A collaborative framework for integrating technology into teacher preparation programs and urban schools throughout New York State.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Meier, E., (2004). Sustainability Strategies.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Education Computing Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Meier, E. (2003). Initial Effects of Fourth Grade Standards-Based Testing in New York:  Perceived Changes at the Building Level.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • Meier, E., Jennings, S., Swan, K., Rubenfeld, L. (2003). Building practitioner knowledge through technology integration.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL. 
  • Meier, E., & Budin, H. (2001, April).  Enhancing teacher learning with technology:  The role of curriculum design in a situated training model.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Education Research Association, Seattle, WA.  
  • Meier, E., Jennings, S., & Swan, K. (2001, April). Professional development strategy for integrating technology:  The role of the university facilitator.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Education Research Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Swan, K, Jennings, S., Meier, E. Rubenfeld, L. Holmes, A. (2001, April).  Situated professional development:  A mentoring model.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Education Research Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Budin, H. & Meier, E.  (1998). School change through technology:  The role of the facilitator.  Paper presented at the national conference of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Washington, D.C
  • Meier, A. (2000, April). High stakes standards-based testing in New York:  Leveraging change at the building level?  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

professional experiences

active professional organizations

American Educational Research Association
Association for the Advancement in Computing and Education
International Society for Technology in Education



MSTU 4001: Technology and school change

Explores how technology is currently used in our schools and how technology can be used more effectively as a catalyst for larger school reform efforts. Participants will examine some of the institutional forces shaping the integration of technology into our schools and some of the institutional change theories that influence these forces to address the question: What can technology contribute to school improvement and how can we facilitate those changes?

MSTU 4700: Student teaching practicum in educational technology

The Technology Specialists student practicum supports the school practicum experiences through readings and weekly classes focused on key issues: addressing diversity, classroom project design, technology integration, and professional development. The Practicum provides an opportunity to reflect on classroom experiences, to design technology-integrated projects, and to match the unique skills of each candidate with the unique demands of each placement.

MSTU 5001: Assessing the impact of technology in our schools

Examines the evidence of effectiveness of technology in our schools. Through an examination of key concerns in the technology research literature, we will address essential questions for understanding the impact of technology.

MSTU 5020: Computer-mediated communication

Analyzes characteristics of such computer-mediated communication systems as networked multimedia, electronic mail, bulletin boards, and computer conferencing and situates these systems in the context of the emerging national information infrastructure. Students will participate in online communication systems. Special fee: $35.

Centers and Projects

Center for Technology and School Change
Website: http://ctsc.tc.columbia.edu/

The Center for Technology and School Change helps schools integrate technology into their curricula and daily lives, by planning with schools for the use of technology, educating teachers how to use it, planning curriculum projects that include technology, helping teachers to implement projects, and assessing the effect of technology on schools. The Center is based on the idea that technology will have a large impact on the structure of schooling, as it has in the past, and that schools must plan for the kinds of change they want it to have. We believe that technology should be integrated with curriculum in ways that emphasize active student learning, collaboration, interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving in areas that are meaningful to schools, and conducts site-based research.



Harlem Schools Partnership
Website: http://www.tc.edu/hsp

The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a collaborative effort of Teachers College (TC), and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University in association with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and with support from the General Electric Foundation.

The mission of the HSP is to improve STEM education by helping schools create rich environments for STEM teaching and learning.  We accomplish this through professional development that strengthens curriculum, increases teacher knowledge of STEM content and teaching practices, diversifies assessment of student learning, and ensures that English Language Learners are successful in STEM.  The intended outcome is that HSP schools will be models of excellence for STEM teaching and learning, and that participating teachers will become leaders and mentors for others at their schools and in the Department of Education.