Instructor of Elementary Education
Office: ACW 206
B.S. 1973, University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed. 1977, Antioch University
Jeff Winokur is an early childhood and elementary science educator. At Wheelock, he works with schools and districts to develop their capacity to improve the teaching of science to students ages 3-12. This has included serving as consultant to schools in Boston and the surrounding area, throughout New England, and nationally..
As an instructor in education at Wheelock, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in teaching science to children, including courses in Wheelock's Online STEM Education Masters Program. Winokur's work in science education includes having been a co-author of Pre-K portion of the Massachusetts Science Standards (January, 2016);The Essentials of Science and Literacy (2009); and Science and Literacy: A Natural Fit (2009); and co-host of the video professional development series for educators, Looking at Learning... Again (1997) produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for Annenberg/Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Winokur was a collaborating author on The Young Scientist Series, a series of early childhood science teacher guides and training materials published by Redleaf Press. He is co-author of articles that have appeared in the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) journal Science and Children (Seven Strategies for Supporting the "E" in Young Children's STEM Learning, September, 2015) Connecting Science and Literacy Through Talk, November, 2009; The Science and Mathematics of Building Structures, January, 2004, and Capitalizing on Literacy Strategies, February, 2004), as well as chapters in two books published by NSTA Press: Learning Science and the Science of Learning (2002) and Linking Science & Literacy in the K-8 Classroom (2006).
- "Enacting the Next Generation Science Standards While Addressing the Common Core," professional development for K-4 teachers, Chittenden South Supervisory Union, Vermont, 2015.
- "The Young Scientist: Engaging Pre-K and K Children in Science Inquiry," conference in Phoenix, AZ, 2015.
- "Connections between the NGSS and the Common Core: Science discourse in the classroom," with Karen Worth and Martha Heller-Winokur, at the Exploratorium's BaySci Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2013.
- "Talk: Essential in science teaching and learning," keynote address at the annual conference of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, 2010.
- "Discussion and writing in the inquiry-based elementary science classroom," a Professional Development Institute with Karen Worth and Martha Heller-Winokur, National Science teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conferences: 2014, Boston, MA; 2011, San Francisco, CA; 2010, Philadelphia, PA; 2009, New Orleans, LA; 2008, Boston, MA; 2007, St. Louis, MO; 2006, Anaheim, CA; 2005, Dallas, TX; 2004, Atlanta, GA.
- "Connecting literacy and science: Using discussion and notebooks in deepening students' reasoning," a presentation with Martha Heller-Winokur, International Reading Association Regional Conference, February, 2010, Portland, OR.