Steven Weiner is a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. As a qualitative researcher, Steven brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding transformative change within educational systems. His previous research has leveraged elements of organizational theory, design studies, learning sciences, and foresight methodologies to explore the institutional challenges schools face when adopting innovative educational practices. As a doctoral student, Steven received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and was named a University Innovation Fellow by the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Steven began his career as a high school physics teacher and later helped envision, design, and run a community-centered educational makerspace at a major US science center. Steven holds a BA in Classical Studies from the University of Florida and a PhD from Arizona State University’s College of Global Futures.
My research interests center on innovative learning frameworks that blend pedagogies and strategies from formal and informal STEM educational settings, specifically focusing on collaboration, prototyping, and both digital and traditional fabrication skills. Through my work with the Maker Educational Pathways Research Group, I have studied the role of the Maker Movement in shaping the identities of young adults and its implications for STEM education reform.