David Randle

David Randle, faculty of the Master's in Arts of Teaching program at lecture podilum.

Senior Manager of Professional Development

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  • BA. Zoology; University of Washington; Seattle, Washington 1977-1982
  • Professional requirements in Education; Hunter College, CUNY; New York, New York 1987-1988
  • MA. Science Education; Teachers College Columbia University, New York, New York 1993-1995
  • Ph.D. Science Education; Columbia University, New York, New York 2007-2013

Professional Experience

Dr. David Randle joined the American Museum of Natural History’s Education Department after a 15-year career as a science teacher in the New York City public schools. He is currently the Senior Manager of Professional Development and works on programs for teachers though Seminars on Science, the Museum’s online graduate level professional development program, and in face-to-face programs through the Museum’s Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

Dave began his education career in 1988 as an intern in the Museum’s Education Department. From there he began teaching science at Middle School 44, located across the street from the Museum, where he helped develop a partnership with AMNH. The goal of the school’s curriculum was to turn the Museum's halls into classrooms and to infuse museum-related topics into all subject areas. Each week students spent a three-period block of time in the exhibit halls. Dave spent many hours in the Museum, teaching students and designing a rich variety of activities in many of the halls. After leaving MS 44, he spent four years as a teacher at the Beacon School, an alternative public high school near Lincoln Center in Manhattan. There, he taught physics, biology, museum science, and blues band before coming to work at the Museum.

Dave has been a member of the Seminars on Science team since 2000 and has worked full-time at AMNH since 2004. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Science Education at Columbia University. His research interests relate to how teachers learn science online.

Teaching Experience

  • The American Museum of Natural History
    • 2008 to present: Senior Manager of Professional Development – Responsible for organizing and presenting professional development experiences for science teachers.
    • 2004 to present: Curriculum Manager for Seminars on Science (An online professional development program for teachers) – Responsible for managing a staff of educators and scientists to offer six-week graduate level science courses online. Oversee content development for new courses.
  • The Beacon School (New York City)
    • 2000 to 2004: Science Teacher - Tenth grade Biology, ninth grade Integrated Science, and twelfth grade Museum Science.
    • 1989 to 2000: Science Teacher - Responsible for teaching and developing curriculum for hands-on, laboratory oriented courses in seventh grade Life Science and eighth grade regents Earth Science.