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Rene Pico II PhD

    Associate Professor, Elementary Education, Education - Graduate

SPECIALIZATION: Social Studies and Science in Elementary School. He is also the director of the Heinz Children's Math and Science Initiative.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 412.578.2055
Email: rapico@carlow.edu

  1. Curiculum Vitae
  2. Research Interests
Academic Foundation and Education

1986    BS - The Pennsylvania State University
Agricultural Sciences: Agricultural Engineering & Horticulture

1987    MEd - The Pennsylvania State University 
Curriculum & Instruction: Multicultural & ESL Education K-12

1999    PhD - The Pennsylvania State University
Curriculum & Instruction: Science Education K-12
 

 Appointments and Professional Experience

June 2000 – Present    Associate Professor, Science Educator, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
 
January 2005 - Present    Director of STEP After-School Program, – funded by the Mattel, Foundation, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA

June 2000 -  August 2003    Director of the Children’s Science and Math Initiative, Carlow College, funded by the Heinz Endowments; Developer of the Children’s Scientific Community Network
 
August 1998 - August 1999   Assistant Professor, Social Studies Educator, Elementary & Early Childhood Department, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, PA
 
July 1994 - June 1998    Instructor, Science and Educational Foundations Educator, Teacher Preparation Program, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, PR
 
July 1993 - July 1994    Assessment Coordinator, Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Resource Center for Science & Engineering, Central Administration, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
 
January 1992 -June 1993    Curriculum Coordinator, Scope, Sequence & Coordination Project funded by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Resource Center for Science & Engineering, Central Administration, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
 
July 1990 - December 1991    Instructor, Science and Educational Foundations Educator, Teacher Preparation Program, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, PR

May 1995 - May 1996    Science Education Specialist, Puerto Rico General Council on Education, PR-Statewide Systemic Initiative (SSI) Professional Development Sub-Initiative
 
March 1993 - August 1995    Science Educator, Saturday and After-School Workshops, Institute of Continuing Education, Resource Center for Science and Engineering, Central Administration, University of Puerto Rico 
 
August 1987 -August 1990    GTE Education Foundation Minority Doctoral Fellow, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
 
University and Community Service:
 
    Carlow University

    AY 11-13    University Faculty Assembly Grievance Committee, Member
    10-13    ECO-Camp Organizing and Development Team Member and Instructor
    11-13    Graduate Middle School Education Program/Curriculum Design Team, Member
    12-13    School of Nursing Faculty Search Committee, Member
    09-13    School of Education KDE Professional Fraternity, Co-Advisor
    11-13    Campus School of Carlow University Nature Trail Development Team, Member
    10-13    School of Education Student-PSEA, Advisor
    08-13    School of Education Master Thesis Presentations, Faculty Moderator 
    06-13    Graduate School Colloquium Organizing Committee, Member 
    02-13    Admissions Activities, Division & Department Representative/Lecturer
    11-12    S of E CCSP Foundations of Scholarship Module Design Team, Member
    11-12    S of E CCSP Meta-Analysis of Learning & Teaching Module Design Team, Member
    11-12    Dissertation Guide Committee, Member
    10-12    Graduate School Skills Committee Member
    08-11    Faculty Evaluation Senate Sub-committee, Member
    09-10    Faculty Evaluation Manual Task Force, Member
    08-10    Faculty Handbook Committee, Member
    03-09    Faculty Development Committee, Co-Chair 03-06, Member
    07-09    Center for Faculty Excellence Committee, Member
    05-09    Teacher Education Council, Member; Scholarship Day Committee, Member
    03-09    Math & Science Partnership/NSF Science Leadership Team, Member; Graduate School Colloquium Committee, Member       
    05-07    School of Education Apple Ceremony Committee, Member; School of Education Awards Committee, Member
    SU06    Master’s Thesis Guide Revision, School of Education, Editor
    01-06    Academic Computing Committee, Member, Chair 04-05
    05-06    Regis On-line Collaborative Assessment Group, Member
    03-06    Linked & Interdisciplinary Curriculum Subcommittee, Member
    00-05    Science Teacher & Campus Liaison Urban Girl Program; Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania 
    02-04    Carlow College Information Technology Committee, Division Rep.
    03-04    Diversity Forum– VP Academic Affairs Office, Member; First Year Experience Program, Instructor
    SU03    S2MART Summer Program, Director
    02-03    Division of Teacher Education NCATE Framework Committee, Member; NSF Math & Science Proposal Revision Leadership Teams, Member

    Slippery Rock University of PA

    98-99    First Year Student (FYRST) Advisor 
    Academic Forum, member; Elementary Education Department Multicultural Committee, member; College of Education - Portfolio Presentations, Faculty Panelist
    SU 98    Latino Leadership Institute, Mentor
 
    University of Puerto Rico
 
    Aug 96 - Jun 98    Using CBL Technology to Improve Science Education in PR Project, Science Educator Center for Research and Development / NASA funded project; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus 
    Oct 96 - Jun 98    EDFU 3007 Curriculum Development Committee Chair; Academic Extension Division; University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus
    Dec 97    Mayaguez Children’s Library, Sponsor
    Sept 97    American Chemical Society: Student Chapter Initiation Ceremony, Guest Speaker
    Mar 97    Science Fair, Judge, Hormigueros School District
    Jul 94 - Aug 96    Regional Assessment Policy Group, Puerto Rico Representative, Dwight D. Eisenhower Tittle II Funds, Educational Development Center: Newton, MA
    May 94 - Aug 96    Regional Alliance Assessment Study Group, Puerto Rico Representative
Dwight D. Eisenhower Tittle II Funds, Educational Development Center: Newton, MA
    Oct 94 - Feb 95    Operational Committee, 2nd Regional Meeting on Education, Academic Extension Division, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus
    Aug 1992 - May 1994, Operational Committee, Puerto Rico - Statewide Systemic Initiative
    May 1994    2nd State Science and Math Student Meeting/Competition, Director, PR-Statewide Systemic Initiative/PR-Scope, Sequence & Coordination
    1991-1993    Advisory Board, Science Enrichment Education Program, U.S. Agricultural Extension Service, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus
    May 1993    1st State Science and Math Student Meeting/Competition, Director, PR-Statewide Systemic Initiative/PR-Scope, Sequence & Coordination
    Feb 1993    Science Fair, Judge, Rio Piedras IV School District, Carolina II School District
    1992- 1994    Curriculum Revision Committee, PR-SS&C Program
    1992-93 Chair    Earth Science Curriculum Committee, PR-SS&C Program
    1990-92 Member 
    1991    Faculty Evaluation Committee, Academic Extension Division, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus
    1990-91    Excellence in Teaching and Learning Project, Coordinator, Academic Extension Division, Mayagüez Campus
 
    The Pennsylvania State University
 
    1989-90    Department Representative, College of Education Graduate Student Organization
    1988-89    Faculty & Students Concerns Committee, Responsible for the initiation of the College of Education Graduate Student Organization (CEGSO); an organization which supports the interests of the College's  graduate student population.
    1989    Dean Search Committee, College of Education
    1989    National Science Foundation (NSF)-Elementary Science Summer Institute
    1989    Mathcounts Evaluation Team Member, Pennsylvania
    1988    Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, Session Presider
 
 
Professional Organizations
National Science Teachers Association - Member ID: 942883
National Association for Research in Science Teaching - Member ID 103057
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - Member ID 4118751
International Society for Technology in Education - Member ID 346688
Association for Middle Level Education - Member ID 3024715
Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators 
Phi Delta Kappa
 
STEM Education, Integrated Curriculum Design, Integration of Technology into the Learning Experience, Population Education, Environmental Education, Social Foundations of Teaching and Learning, ELL Education, Culturally-Responsive Teaching