Nicole Mancevice is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on disciplinary literacy, curriculum design, and teachers’ professional learning. As a CONNECT fellow, Nicole partnered with teachers to co-design and study instructional strategies and lessons to support students’ reading in social studies. Her dissertation is a design-based research project that examines instructional approaches for teaching elementary school students how to read and evaluate historical texts. Nicole holds a B.A. in English from Connecticut College, and an Ed.M. in Language and Literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Christine Lee is a doctoral candidate at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Her research interests include early elementary science education, implementing embodied technology for science inquiry, and STEAM (STEM +Art) education. As a CONNECT fellow and graduate researcher, she has designed and implemented play-based science lessons by working closely with teachers at the UCLA Lab School and the STEP project. Her dissertation work examines how educators can structure play in science learning without compromising student agency or learning goals (e.g., the core science concepts). Christine holds an M.Ed. from University of San Diego and a B.A from University of California, San Diego