Julie Contino

A woman, Julie Contino, standing outdoors in a windbreaker. Background is a high waterfall cascading from a high barren rockface.

Senior Specialist in Science and Teacher Education

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  • Teachers College Columbia University, Ed.D., 2011
  • Cornell University, M.A., 2002
  • Cornell University, B.S., 2001

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the American Museum of Natural History’s Education Division, Dr. Julie Contino taught high school Earth Science and Living Environment in upstate New York as well as in New York City. She has taught elementary science and has supervised elementary school teachers in teaching science in their classrooms. Dr. Contino has developed and instructed courses for teachers at the American Museum of Natural History both in-person and online.  Her research interests include standards, classroom practice, and student assessment in Earth Science education in New York State.


  • Anderson, O. R. & Contino, J. (2013). The role of visualization in conceptual learning and conceptual change. In K. D. Finson and J. E. Pederson (Eds.), Visual data and their use in science education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Contino, J. & Anderson, O. R. (2013). From prescribed curriculum to classroom practice: An examination of the implementation of the New York State Earth Science standards. Journal of Geoscience Education, 61(1), 129-144.
  • Contino, J. (2012). A case study of the alignment between curriculum and assessment in the New York State Earth Science standards-based system.  Journal of Science Education and Technology, DOI 10.1007/s10956-012-9376-x
  • Contino, J. (2011). An analysis of the New York State Earth Science curriculum with respect to standards, classroom practices, and the Regents examination. Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Anderson, O.R. & Contino, J.  (2010).  A study of teacher-mediated enhancement of students’ organization of Earth science knowledge using web diagrams as a teaching device.  Journal of Science Teacher Education, 21(6), 683 – 701.

Teaching Experience

  • Senior Specialist, American Museum of Natural History – AMNH MAT Program, 2012–present
  • Instructor, American Museum of Natural History – Seminars on Science, 2009–11
  • Upper School Teacher/Lower School Science Coach, New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math (NYCDOE), 2007–08
  • Science Teacher, Broadalbin-Perth High School, 2003–07
  • Long-term Substitute Teacher, Hamilton Elementary School (Boston Public Schools), 2002–03

Exhibition and Outreach Activities

  • Contino, J. & Cooke-Nieves, N. (January 2013). The missing ingredient in science teacher preparation: The role of the senior specialist presented at 2013 The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Steiner, R., Kinzler, R., Contino, J., Mathez, E., Randle, D., Schmidt, G., and Shindell, D. (November 2012). Online and blended climate change courses for secondary school educators from the American Museum of Natural History presented at 2012 The Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.
  • Macdonald, M.. Kinzler, R., Contino, J., Abder, P., Hogan, T., & Schwinge, D. (October 2011). Is There Anything New in Science Teacher Preparation in NY State? presented at 2011 Northeast Association for Science Teacher Education (NE-ASTE) Regional Conference, Cornwall, NY.
  • ASTE/NSTA recognition for publication of one of ten most worthy published science education articles in 2010 (Current research: 2011 summer reading suggestions. (2011, Summer). Science Scope 34(9), 62-4.)
  • Randle, D., Kinzler, R. & Contino, J. (March 2010). As the World Turns: Revolutions in Earth Science presented at 2010 National Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Anderson, O.R. & Contino, J. (January 2009). A Study of Teacher-mediated Enhancement of Students’ Organization of Science Knowledge using Web Diagrams as a Teaching Device and Flow Map Analyses of Students’ Recall Narrative presented at 2009 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) International Conference, Hartford, CT.


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