Cindy Kern is a former high school science teacher and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She has a passion for translating teaching and learning theory to the practices for the diverse learning environments of the K-12 science classrooms. Her research interests involve the use of technology to facilitate and maximize learning and emanate from a design-based research theoretical framework and a socio-cognitive conceptual framework.
Cindy believes knowledge is the great equalizer in our diverse world and through the development of self-regulated learners we empower our society with life-long learners. Current research projects include the research and development of the 5-featured Dynamic Inquiry Enterprise (5-DIE) design framework for online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments. 5-DIE research and development is meant to address the need for inquiry-based cyberlearning environments, which promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and the development of science literacy in science education, while acting as a design framework that supports the existing practices of teachers in secondary schools (Kern, Crippen & Skaza, 2014).