Program Director, Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning
Jim Short is Program Director in the Society’s Education Program, where he manages the Leadership and Teaching portfolio to advance learning. Short oversees the awarding of grants aimed at preparing and supporting teachers and school and system leaders for learning environments that enable students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to succeed in the future.
An educator with nearly 30 years of experience, Short is an expert in teacher education and professional development. He came to the Society from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he was founding director of the Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a role he began in 2007. Short led efforts of the museum to strengthen science education programs. in local and national museums, nonprofit organizations, schools, and school districts, including the New York City Department of Education.
At the Gottesman Center, Short’s major initiatives included overseeing the design and implementation of the Urban Advantage program in New York, a museum-school partnership underway at nearly half of the city’s colleges that supports long-term scientific research and project-based learning in students. He was also on the faculty of the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching, a unique urban teacher residency program to train certified earth science teachers to work in struggling high schools.
Previously, Short spent 10 years teaching K-12 schools. While working in the Denver public school system, he led the redesign of the K-12 science curriculum, and in studying Colorado’s biological science curriculum, he led a national curriculum for science and implementation center. Her professional development experience includes working with school systems and science teachers in several urban school districts across the country. In recent years, Short has focused on helping teachers translate next-generation science standards into classroom instruction and assessment, and integrating aligned non-fiction reading and writing strategies. on common state standards.
Short earned a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s degree in education from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, and a bachelor of science in biology from Rhodes College.