The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education - The University of Chicago


Jeanne Century

Director of Science Education, Research and Evaluation

Prior to coming to the University of Chicago in 2005, Jeanne Century was a Senior Researcher at Education Development Center (EDC) in Newton MA where she had worked since 1988. Jeanne has a BA in general science from Brandeis, and an MEd and doctorate in science education curriculum and teaching from Boston University. During her 25-year career, Jeanne has developed science instructional materials for the elementary and middle school levels and has provided professional development, technical assistance and strategic planning for teachers and school, district, and state administrators. Her research has focused on the impact of inquiry science instruction, strategies for improving utilization of research and evaluation, sustainability of reform efforts, and measurement of intervention fidelity. Her current work includes an examination of STEM schools; developing tools for measuring innovation implementation; and measuring and analyzing the range of factors that affect innovation implementation spread and sustainability. Century served on the Education Policy and Department of Education Agency Review transition teams for the Obama-Biden administration where she was responsible for STEM education and education research and development issues. She recently shared the National Association for Research in Science Teaching award for the most significant publication of 2010.