Nancy Butler Songer, Ph.D.

Distinguished University Professor, Drexel University

Nancy Butler Songer is a Distinguished University Professor at Drexel University and a Visiting Scholar at Gooru.org in Redwood City, CA.  Her work focuses on the design and evaluation of educational innovations for critical thinking in STEM. Songer earned a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis, a MS in Developmental Biology From Tufts University and a PhD in Science Education and Learning Technologies from the University of California, Berkeley. With her research teams, Songer has obtained over 75 million dollars in external funding and created a suite of scholarly products. These include eight original curricular units, customized technologies, assessment tools, and teacher professional development resources that place science investigation and engineering design at the center of the reform. Notable awards and honors include a National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President William J. Clinton and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Current projects include the study of Gooru.org’s Learning Navigator to amplify student learning in heterogeneous classrooms in Northern California and India, and a partnership with Egyptian universities and USAID to establish 27 STEM exemplary high schools across Egypt.