Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D.
Bridging Home and Schools: Connecting Community and Science Learning
Dr. Jolly will examine themes of cultures, science, and storytelling to illustrate how formal and informal education can better work together to advance a student’s engagement and achievement in STEM learning.
Dr. Eric Jolly is president of the Science Museum of Minnesota, which is among the nation's largest and most-esteemed science museums. Prior to joining the Science Museum in March 2004, Dr. Jolly was senior scientist and vice president for Education Development Center in Newton, Mass. He is known for his contributions to mathematics and science education, frequently working with such groups as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Science Teachers Association. He is a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
Dr. Jolly has lectured throughout the world and has published many books, scholarly articles, and curricula for students and teachers across the educational spectrum, including "Bridging Homes and Schools," a comprehensive resource for teachers of Limited English Proficiency students, and "Beyond Blame: Reacting to the Terrorist Attack." His curricula are currently used in more than 16 countries and an estimated 400,000 classrooms worldwide.
Jolly serves on numerous national advisory boards, including the Mathematical Sciences Education Board of the National Academies of Science and the Committee on Opportunities in Science for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.