Jean Moon, Tidemark Institute

Jean Moon, Ph.D.

Founder and Principal

For over thirty years Jean Moon has been a leader in all aspects of education, especially science, technology, engineering, and mathematic – STEM. Her creativity, vision, and energy have yielded a portfolio of successful and generative projects, large and small. At every stage of her career her talent for and belief in what the poet David Whyte has called “courageous conversations” has led her to work with scientists, mathematicians, engineers, technology designers, teachers, higher education faculty (including community college leaders), administrators, members of the corporate community, and policy makers to move critical conceptual work forward. Built up over the years this network of collaborators is rich in talent, experience, and scholarship.

Prior to founding Tidemark Institute, Dr. Moon was Senior Scholar for Education Strategy and Planning at the National Academies in Washington, D.C.  In this role she facilitated idea generation and project development across the Academies and worked to further external relationships with Congress, federal agencies, professional societies, and philanthropic organizations. In advance of her work as Senior Scholar, Dr. Moon was a Senior Program Officer and founding Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies. As Director she provided leadership to the Board and worked with then Board Chair, physicist and Nobel Laureate Carl E.Wieman, to advance a number of studies attending to what is known about how children and adults learn the ideas of science in school and out-of-school contexts. Her role in identifying a need to forge an intersection between science and learning exemplifies Moon’s understanding about the questions needed to move the challenging work of learning, teaching, research, scholarship, and policy forward in productive ways.

Dr. Moon’s success in project development is reflected in her role as Principal Investigator on over 75 funded projects. While successful in cultivating and finding project support, she also has experience with being a part of philanthropic work. For six years Moon was a program advisor to the Exxon Education Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation. In 2002 and later in 2005, Dr. Moon was invited to the University of Uppsala in Sweden as a scholar-in-residence to work with the natural science faculty on the development of competencies and assessment strategies focused on building communications skills in undergraduate science courses.  Closer to home, Moon has been a fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Center at the University of Maine, and worked on education and research initiatives in genetics and bio-medical research at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Moon’s current interests are focused on the redesign of schools to better meet the needs of diverse populations of learners and teachers along with the challenge of ensuring abilities and knowledge necessary to work and living in the 21st century. Her related interests include the lack of alignment between education and the demands of rapidly changing economies, as well the under-explored design of early learning experiences in STEM.

As a professor of education Moon has been a faculty member, graduate education advisor, and a consultant in national and international contexts on education issues.  She has authored books and articles on assessment of student learning in mathematics as well as a series of case studies on the role of a mathematics specialist within the context of elementary mathematics.  Throughout her career Dr. Moon has served in an advisory capacity to many boards and committees.  Dr. Moon received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with an emphasis in learning and development as well as education in urban settings.

While Tidemark Institute is located in Maine, the work of the Institute is state-based, national and international in scope. The Institute exists to create new understandings, advance knowledge, and put forward important questions in education and learning through unique configurations of thoughtful and experienced collaborators.