Carolyn Staudt

Professional Title
Curriculum and Professional Development Consultant
About Me (Bio)
Carolyn Staudt has developed extensive probe and model-based curriculum materials for 16 years at the Concord Consortium and has 20 years prior experience classroom teaching experience. She was a Christa McAuliffe Fellow in 1990, and has been the keynote speaker at many international and national presentations, as well as a featured speaker for NSTA.
Citations of DRK-12 or Related Work (DRK-12 work is denoted by *)
  • Marcum-Dietrich, N., Kerlin, S., & Staudt, C. (2018). Our watershed. The Science Teacher, 85(2), 39-46.*
  • Staudt, C., & Broadhead, J. (2017). Sensing science through modeling matter. @Concord, 21(1), 12-13.*
  • Dietrich, N., Kerlin, S., & Staudt, C. (2018). Developing watershed stewards. @Concord, 22(1), 10-11.*
  • Littenberg-Tobias, J., Beheshti, E., & Staudt, C. (2016). To customize or not to customize? Exploring science teacher customization in an online lesson portal. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), 349-367.
Concord Consortium

This project is developing technology-rich science curriculum exemplars for grades 3-6 based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. The project is testing the effectiveness of the approach and providing an exemplar that can inspire additional content and further development. A set of professional development materials to support teacher implementation of UDL science curriculum in the classroom is planned. Probes are used for lab investigations and computational models are used for experimentation in virtual environments.

Concord Consortium

SmartGraphs activities run in a web browser; there is no software to download or install. SmartGraphs allows students to interact with on-screen graphs to learn about linear equations, the motion of objects, population dynamics, global warming, or other STEM topics that use scatter plots or line graphs. Teachers and students may also use and share existing activities, which are released under a Creative Commons license (see

Concord Consortium

The goal of this project is to develop and pilot test a limited number of free computer-based instructional activities that improve student graph comprehension, aimed especially at science students in grades 7 and 8. Because of growing interest in use of online resources for teaching and learning, this work is potentially transformative for a wide range of audiences, including teachers, students, researchers, and the developers and publishers of instructional materials across vSTEM areas and grades.

Concord Consortium

This project will engage middle school students in place-based coastal erosion investigations that interweave Indigenous knowledge and Western STEM perspectives. Indigenous perspectives will emphasize learning from place and community; Western STEM perspectives will focus on systems and computational thinking. The project will position middle school students in a culturally congruent epistemological stance (student-as-anthropologist), allowing them to build Earth science learning from both Indigenous knowledge as well as Western-style inquiry and promote their ability to apply integrated Earth science, mathematics, and computational thinking skills in the context of coastal erosion.

Concord Consortium

This project will develop a technology-supported, physical science curriculum that will facilitate kindergarten students' conceptual understanding of matter and how matter changes. The results of this investigation will contribute important data on the evolving structure and content of children's physical science models as well as demonstrate children's understanding of matter and its changes.

Concord Consortium

Concord Consortium is exploring K-2 students' understanding of heat and temperature in two Massachusetts school districts using sensors that display temperatures as colors. Exploration activities are being created, and students are being videotaped carrying out the activities. Students complete a short assessment for each activity. The exploration activities, assessments, and project data are available via open source through a website at Concord Consortium and are being presented to multiple professional audiences.

Concord Consortium

This project will develop curricula for environmental/geoscience disciplines for high-school classrooms. The Model My Watershed (MMW) v2 app will bring new environmental datasets and geospatial capabilities into the classroom, to provide a cloud-based learning and analysis platform accessible from a web browser on any computer or mobile device, thus overcoming the cost and technical obstacles to integrating Geographic Information System technology in secondary education.