Dr. Shernoff is an educational psychologist who conducts applied research in schools, after-school settings, technology-supported environments, and other learning environments. He is interested in educational and other holding environments supportive of positive development. Specific areas of research relate primarily to the motivation and engagement of youth, engagement and learning in game-based, digital learning environments, and mentoring in early career development. He has served as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on over 12 research projects on community engagement, student engagement, or teacher professional development. His research has yielded 5 authored or edited books, and over 35 other publications. He serves on several editorial boards and as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He served as chair and program chair of the Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Dr. Suparna Sinha is currently the Director of Indistrict Initiatives at the Center for Math, Science and Computer Education. She is interested in understanding how students’ engagement with technologies influences their thinking and learning. Her dissertation reflected this line of research by investigating influences of technological affordances (of simulations, hypermedia and modeling tools) on collaborative engagement and subsequently how student’s collaborative engagements in technology intensive learning environments influences individual transfer of learning. Her interest in blending these two major research areas, i.e. engagement and transfer, stem from her prior professional focus on educational technology.