Susan has a strong background in science, education, administration, and teacher professional development through her work in informal STEM learning with Earthwatch Institute and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Her teaching-research method involves all students in hands-on explorations that invite learners to become critical thinkers and reflective practitioners.
In partnership with Nicole Weber, Susan is co-director of the EcoNet lab, an incubator for innovative STEAM programs that provide authentic learning programs focused on conservation and sustainability programs, including WonderLab, an afterschool and homeschool program. She is the Educator in Residence for the Mt. Auburn Citizen Science project, provides support for STEAM Beans, and has developed and delivered public programs that include Restoring Urban Environments the Climate Café and STEAM Exploration Party.
In collaboration with non-profit organizations in Ethiopia, teacher candidates in Dr. Rauchwerk’s science methods classes have been supporting science literacy development in Ethiopia through the creation of culturally relevant, scientifically accurate lesson plans and science stories. Thanks to a generous grant from Lesley University, she traveled to Ethiopia in 2016 to train Ethiopian educators and librarians in Addis Ababa and Awasa. She is working with her classes to produce ten science stories for WEEMA that will be translated into three languages and distributed through WEEMA and Ethiopia Reads libraries. She is a member of the Book Centered Learning Committee of Ethiopia Reads and has authored a pedagogical review and published a paper about her work with Luminos Fund’s Ethiopia Speeds School. She will return to conduct training for Ethiopia Reads in November 2018.
An avid gardener and environmental/sustainability activist, Susan helped Lesley students establish an organic garden, and continues to engage her students and WonderLab in using the garden to learn more about sustainability through growing organic food.
Read" A Conversation with Educator-in Residence Susan Rauchwerk" on the Mount Auburn Cemetery website.
More about the Mount Auburn partnership.
Read about Susan's elementary education course Ethiopia partnership, wherein Lesley University students are researching and building culturally relevant lessons, and thinking more broadly about how poverty affects learning.
BS in Ecology, Rutgers
M.Ed. and Ed.D., Harvard University