The project was led by the Principal Investigator, Prof. Marina Umaschi Bers, professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, formerly at Tufts University, and head of the DevTech Research Group.
Since the project involves working with interfaith groups, an advisory board composed of experts in the field of education with a strong grounding on their own respective faiths provides invaluable guidance both designing the intervention and analyzing data.
The advisory board is formed by:
Dr. Ziva Hassenfeld, an Assistant Professor of Jewish education at Brandeis University. She earned her doctorate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education in Curriculum and Teacher Education and did a postdoc at the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. Besides literacy research she has extensive background in studying, teaching, and researching the learning of Jewish sacred texts.
Dr. Mona Abo Zena, is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education and Care, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her research focuses on the role of religion and spiritual development (broadly defined) as a way of knowing and being and as a particular cultural fund of knowledge that affects learning and development. Her work is informed by over 20 years of teaching, administrative, and board experiences in P-16 educational contexts.
Dr. Frank DeVito, the Education Director and Co-Founder of Equity Lab Charter School. Equity Lab is a project-based learning school where students use an equity-centered design process to problem-solve challenges in their communities. He was also a candidate for the Roman Catholic priesthood and studied at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy.
In Argentina, the program coordinator is Valeria Larrart. Valeria is an elementary school educator who specializes in new learning technologies, STEAM and making activities. She holds a license in educational technologies and is co-founder of iLAB and Edumakers.
The participating schools in Boston are: Jewish Community Day School; Al Bustan at Malik Academy, Our Lady’s Academy, and the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School.
The participating schools in Buenos Aires are: Escuela Comunitaria Arlene Fern, Colegio Rey Fahd, Colegio Cardenal Copello, JIN E DE 17 Juana Manso, and Colegio Cardenal Copello.