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Janell Nicole Catlin

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ph.D., Columbia University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Teachers College

(New York, NY), Science Education

Dissertation Title: An opportunity for success: Understanding motivation and learning from

urban youth participation in an after school science program


M.Phil., Columbia University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Teachers College

(New York, NY), Science Education


M.A., Columbia University - The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (New York, NY), Pharmacology


B.S. (High Honors), Bennett College (Greensboro, NC), Major – Biology, Minor – Chemistry





Scholarly Interests

Motivation, Science Education, After School Science Programs, STEM Education                                              University-School Partnerships, International STEM Education, Program Management

Student Learning - Motivation, curriculum, peer relationships, student/teacher interaction

Professional Development - Teachers and Principals

Selected Publications

Catlin, J., & Moore Mensah, F. (2009, March). Creating and equitable classroom through establishing respect

               [Electronic Version]. Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Polar Plants, Issue 12, from


Catlin, J. (2008). A shared ethnography. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching and Research,
                4, 13-22.

Catlin, J. (2008, October). From in school to outside of school: The relevance of after school science programs

                for students and teachers alike [Electronic Version].

                Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, from

current projects

professional presentations

honors and awards

2008 NARST Equity and Ethics Committee Scholar Award



professional organization membership

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

custom course list

MSTC 4040 Science in childhood education


service and work outside nyc

The Three Doctors Foundation, Inc. (Newark, New Jersey)

MSTC 4040: Science in childhood education

This is an integrated lecture/laboratory course. This course provides an introduction to the creation of science curriculum and instruction that attends to current state and national standards. The course is based in constructivist perspectives and has as a goal the teaching of science well with all children.

Centers and Projects

Harlem Schools Partnership

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.

Latina/o and Latin American Faculty Working Group

Office of School and Community Partnerships