BERC Research Board

Chairs

Whitney Johnson (Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, Curriculum and Instruction) has served as a teacher educator for the past 19 years. She focused on developing high quality mathematics teachers for urban schools. Her recent research focuses on the role embodied cognition plays in developing mathematical understanding. She has a strong interest in exploring ways to develop the talent of minority students in STEM areas.

Marc L. Stein (PhD, Leadership and Policy Studies, Vanderbilt University) is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Stein is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS). Dr. Stein has conducted quasi-experimental and mixed-methods research on school choice that has investigated the instructional conditions of charter public schools, parent involvement in charter public schools, and the effect of choice on student sorting by race and academic achievement. Other areas of research interest include neighborhood and school effects on student academic achievement, chronic absenteeism, and summer learning loss. Currently Stein is working on an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funded randomized control trial that is investigating the efficacy of a ninth grade Early Warning Indicator intervention in sample of high schools in a southern state, projects investigating summer learning loss in Baltimore City and a project investigating the relationship between commuting to school using public transportation and student tardiness and absenteeism.

Christopher Wohn (M.D., University of Maryland Medical School) is the Director of Research Services in the Office of Achievement and Accountability in Baltimore City Public Schools. Dr. Wohn leads the District’s research team in analyzing school and student data, evaluating new educational programs and interventions, conducting school effectiveness reviews, and designing systems for fair evaluations of teachers and schools. Dr. Wohn was a teacher for three years in a Baltimore City High School where he taught chemistry, physics, and the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical sciences curriculum. He received his teaching certificate through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) program in 2013. He has served as a data science consultant for several companies and organizations in the DMV region with a specialty in predictive analytics and system optimization. His research experience includes both his work in education at Baltimore City Public Schools and also as a research fellow for the Gene-Exercise Research Study (GERS) at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Institutional Leads

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Morgan State University
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore, Jacob France Institute
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland, School of Social Work
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