David is a Learning Scientist who has driven a body of design and research work over the past 18 years. While he began his career in Biomedical Engineering, he has followed his passion for education by focusing on using technology to build innovative K-12 curricula.
David’s research has included “active learning” instructional approaches to improve K-12 student learning and new approaches to teacher preparation as necessary to prepare K-12 teachers to use new kinds of curricula in the classroom. In executing all this work, he has collaborated closely with district/school leadership and teachers in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City.
A previous university faculty member, David has directed UX research and impact research for Amplify Education on its K-12 classroom platform and products. He was senior UX researcher on Google’s “Play for Education” and “Classroom” K-12 products. He has consulted for clients such as Scholastic, Nick Jr., Pearson, littleBits, and the New York City Department of Education. He has been invited to present his work to national audiences of both practitioners and academics, and he has had his work published in peer-reviewed journals as well as in books intended for all audiences.
David received his B.S. in Engineering and his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.