School District 65 and Northwestern University announced that Jennifer (Jen) Lewin will serve as a new STEM education resource for District 65. Ms. Lewin’s appointment is through NU’s science education and public engagement center, Science in Society. As an NU staff member based in the District, she will oversee the newly launched STEM partnership between District 65 and NU and align NU’s resources to the educational needs in District 65.
This partnership and Ms. Lewin’s post will help foster student learning with an emphasis on STEM-related subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math). Ms. Lewin will directly support the District’s goal to foster student learning and provide additional opportunities for its most underserved students, focusing on STEM-related areas. She will work with District 65 leadership, teachers, students, and Evanston youth development organizations to provide impactful in- and out-of-school learning opportunities for students. She will also provide programmatic and intellectual support for EvanSTEM – a collective-impact initiative designed to increase STEM access and engagement for Evanston’s underrepresented K-8 students.
Ms. Lewin will also be responsible for providing teaching, mentoring, and service learning opportunities for NU students, faculty, and staff, said District 65 and NU in a prepared statement.
“We are thrilled to have Jen aboard” said Paul Goren, Superintendent of District 65. “We look forward to creating new and engaging learning opportunities for children across the District in the exciting world of STEM. Northwestern continues to be a valued partner and has opened so many doors for our students and staff in the area of STEM teaching and learning. We are grateful for their continued partnership and for giving us this opportunity to connect the expertise of their students and faculty with our strategic needs here in District 65.”
“We are deeply committed to working side-by-side with District 65 and its many community partners to improve access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities both in-school and out-of-school,” said Dr. Michael Kennedy, Research Professor and Director of Science in Society at NU. “Through EvanSTEM, we’ve made significant progress in identifying key District and community partner needs. Jen will be at the center of our joint efforts to address these.”
For the past eight years Ms. Lewin has been a middle school science teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She served as a Science Lead Teacher and a member of her school’s Instructional Leadership Team. Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University, with endorsements in Science and Gifted Education. She is in the process of completing a second Master’s degree in Education Technology from Michigan State University, along with an endorsement for English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago.