Benjamin R. Lowell (he/him) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Science Education, Residency Director, and Science Content Mentor in the Teacher Residency Program. He earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development. He also holds an MA in Teaching Science from Stanford University and an ScB in Biochemistry from Brown University.
Ben is interested in how teachers learn to teach science as a process of figuring out the natural world. He works to help science teachers teach in ways that elicit and honor all students' experiences and ideas and use them as tools in the process of crafting how and why stories about the natural world. He has done this work as a preservice and in-service teacher educator, instructional coach, and researcher. His research on supporting teacher learning has been published in the Journal of Research on Science Teaching, Science Education, and Science Scope and in the book “The Instructional Leader’s Guide to Implementing K-8 Science Practices.”
Prior to NYU, Ben worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston College, an instructional coach in Boston, and a high school science teacher and department chair in Sunnyvale, California. During his high school teaching career, he won a Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowship from the Institute of Citizens & Scholars and was a Math for America Master Teacher Fellow.