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Biography

February 10th, 2012


Dr. Lightle has supported science and mathematics teachers in their professional growth for the last 23 years by teaching preservice and inservice teachers at OSU, building digital libraries, integrating Web 2.0 tools into her projects, and as the associate director of the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education. Her research interests include how to effectively use Web 2.0 tools to create and deliver content and how to mitigate barriers for use of these tools by teachers in both their professional development and teaching. She continues to work with math and science teachers through the Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways project and the Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears and Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle online magazines.

Her first digital library project was funded in 2000 through the National Science Foundation National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program; she has continued to be highly involved with the NSDL since that time. Activities with other NSDL projects include metadata creation and compatibility and integration issues across collections. She led the in-house effort to develop a science metadata vocabulary based on the National Science Education Standards and the AAAS Benchmarks which is now being adopted by digital libraries across the country.

Dr. Lightle is on the advisory boards of a variety of other NSDL projects and is presentaly the chair of the NSF NSDL Web Metrics Working Group. She continues to review proposals for NSF and NASA and has been invited to participate in the Blue Sky Workshop: Future of STEM Curricula & Instructional Design project, the results of which will inform NSF’s education agenda over the next few years.

Contact her at lightle.16@osu.edu or 614-688-3485.

Funded Projects

February 4th, 2012

A New Model for Transforming Teaching and Learning through the MSP2-PLC [pending]
NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education
September 2012 – August 2015|
$1,057,942

Exploring the Impact of Electronic Books on Children’s Abilities to Read and Comprehend Science Informational Texts [pending]
NSF Cyberlearning: Transforming Education
September 2012 – August 2014
$534,021

Capturing Collective Knowledge of Educators within a Social Networking Site to Promote Use of High Quality Resources [pending]
Subaward with University of Southern California (USC)
NSF Division of Information & Intelligent Systems, Social-Computational Systems
June 2012 – May 2014
$59,614

In the FIELD: Fostering Inquiry and Environmental Literacy through Discovery [in negotiation]
September 2012 – August 2014
US Dept. of Commerce – NOAA
$487,338

Repositioning NSDL for the Next Generation of Digital Learning
February 2012 – August 2012
UCAR (NSF Flow-through)
$119,291

Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
September 2010 – August 2012
NSF GeoSciences Education – GEO 1034922
$126,700

Supplement to Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
November 2009 – August 2012
NSF Climate Change Education Program (CCE)
$116,760

Middle School Portal Math & Science Pathways
September 2008 – August 2012
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 0733024
$2,369,699

Digital Resources to Support Just-In-Time Teacher Preparation
December 2007
Subcontract with UCAR/NSF
$8,500

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and Science in K-5 Classrooms
September 2007 – August 2010
NSF DR K-12 Grant Number – DRL 0733024
$1,506,876

NSDL Middle School Mathematics and Science Portal
February 2006 – June 2008
UCAR (NSF Flow-through)
$560,000

Connecting K-16 NSTA Science Content to the NSDL Metadata Repository
July 2005 – June 2008
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 0506535
$847,791

Digitizing and Cataloging NASA’s Best Videos Project
June 2005 – October 2005
NASA
$21,000

Collection Building and Capacity Development for K-12 Federally-Produced Mathematics and Science Education Digital Library
September 2002 – August 2005
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-0226228
$498,000

Gender and Science Digital Library (GSDL)
2001 – 2003
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-0121677
$309,000

Developing a National Digital Library Science Metadata Schema
Supplement to the National Digital Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Digital Library Grant
2002 – 2003
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE 128632
$60,560

National Digital Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Teacher Preparation and Professional Development Digital Library
2000 – 2003
NSF NSDL Grant Number – DUE-008534
$502,000

Professional Service

January 4th, 2012

I am on the advisory boards of multiple teacher education projects, chair of the NSF NSDL Metrics Working Group, member of the Learning Application Readiness (LAR) Metadata Working Group and STEM Exchange Working Group, and member of the Ohio Resource Center State of Ohio Next Generation Science Standards review team. I continue to review proposals for NSF, NASA, and U.S. Department of Education and was invited to participate in the Blue Sky Workshop: Future of STEM Curricula & Instructional Design project, the results of which will inform NSF’s education agenda over the next few years.

December 2011-present. Next Generation Science Standards Primary Reviewer and member of the Ohio Resource Center State of Ohio Review Team.

November 2011-present. Teachers’ Readiness to Adopt and Adapt Digital Content (TRAAC) Project. Advisory board and consultant.

2011-present. Southern Regional Education Board NSDL Backpack project. Advisory board.

Invited participant. Nanotechnology and JChemEd Digital Library Review Meeting. February 22-23, 2011. Madison, WI

Invited participant. Blue Sky Workshop: Future of STEM Curricula & Instructional Design – Part 2. Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum, University of Missouri, Exploratorium, and NSF. May 16-18, 2010. Lansdowne, VA.

2010-present. PedConnect: Intelligent Recommendation of NSDL Resources to Support Middle School Teacher Collaboration NSF-funded project. Advisory board.

2010-present. Science Scope Editorial Board. National Science Teachers Association.

2010-present. Member of the STEM Exchange Working Group. Read more at http://nsdlnetwork.org/stemexchange

Invited participant. Climate Change Education: Building a Community of Practice Workshop. National Academy of Sciences, AAAS, and NSF. March 15-16, 2010. Washington, DC.

Invited participant. STEM Exchange Initiative. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), White House Conference Center. March 3, 2010. Washington, DC.

Invited participant. Blue Sky Workshop: Future of STEM Curricula & Instructional Design – Part 1. Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum, University of Missouri, Exploratorium, and NSF. December 1-3, 2009. Lansdowne, VA.

Invited participant. 2009-2010, Online Panel of Expert Practitioners for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF).

Invited panelist. Panel on Cyberlearning: Fostering Learning in a Technology-Enriched World. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. November 18, 2009. Washington, DC.

2009 Chair, NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Web Metrics Working Group

2008-present, SMILE Informal Education Digital Library Advisory Board

2005-2007, Math Gateway Digital Library Advisory Board

2004 Chair, NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) All Projects Meeting Planning Committee, Chicago, IL. November 14-17, 2004

2004-2006, Building a Presence for Science SECO Initiative, Steering Committee

2004-2006, Biomolecules Alive Digital Library Advisory Board

2003 Planning Committee, NSF/IMLS Joint PI Meeting, Washington, DC December 1-2, 2003

2003 Chair, NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) All Projects Meeting Planning Committee, Washington, DC October 13-15, 2003

2002-2003. External Advisory Board – Learning Repository Project, The Ohio State University, TELR

2002-2008. Advisory Board – Linking Pedagogy, Resources, and Community Interaction to Support Entry-Level Undergraduate Geoscience Education NSDL Funded Project

2002-2003. Member – UTEC Advisory Board, The Ohio State University 2004 Chair, NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) All Projects Meeting Planning Committee, Chicago, IL November 14-17, 2004.

2002-2005. Member, UTEC Advisory Board, The Ohio State University

2002-2004. Member, K-12 Expert Panel Review Committee, NSF NSDL, Boulder CO

2002-2007. Chair, Content Standing Committee, NSF NSDL Funded Project

2001-2003. DWEL Advisory Board, NSF NSDL Funded Project

2001-2002. Program Evaluator, Integrated Physical Science Course, Capitol University, Columbus, OH

November 2001. Co-Chair, Program Committee, NSTA Regional Convention, Columbus, OH

2001-2002. Middle School Curriculum Review Committee, National Staff Advisory Council

1996-1997. Program Review Committee, NEWEST/NEWMAST Teacher Summer Institute, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

1996-1998. Co-developer on the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Standards Curriculum Evaluation Project, Project Discovery, State of Ohio Systemic Initiative

1996-2000. Science Education Consultant, Upper Arlington School District, Columbus, Ohio

1995-1997. Science Education Consultant, Columbus Public Schools Latchkey Program, Columbus, Ohio

1995-2000. Software Reviewer, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

1994-1997. Education Consultant, Big Darby River Project, Battelle Grant, Columbus Public Schools, Columbus, Ohio

1993-1994. Program Evaluator, Buckeye Assessment Teams for Science (BATS), Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio

1992-1993. Science and Mathematics Intern, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio

1985-1990. Teacher Evaluator, Florida Performance Measurement System (FPMS), Gainesville High School, Union County High School, Lake Butler, Florida

1986-1989. Science Department Chairperson, Union County High School, Lake Butler, Florida

March, 1990. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Evaluation Team, Science, Largo High School, Largo, Florida

October, 1989. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Evaluation Team, Science, Yulee Middle School, Yulee, Florida

Summer, 1985. Textbook Preparation Team, Environmental Energy Concerns in Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Publications

January 4th, 2012

I continue to create content for MSP2 (wiki-based resource guides, catalog records, correlations of resources to national standards, tweets), Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle (blog posts/articles), and the Middle School Math and Science blog (http://msms.ehe.osu.edu/).

Lightle, K. S. (2012). Spotlight on STEM: Keeping up with advances in STEM Research. Middle Ground, 15(3), 34-35.

Lightle, K. S. (2011). More than just the technology. Science Scope, 34(9), 6-9.

Lightle, K. (2011). Differentiate teaching and learning with web 2.0 tools. Middle Ground, 14(3), 8-9. Retrieved from http://nmsa.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/February2011/Article3/tabid/2328/Default.aspx

Fries-Gaither, J., & Lightle, K. S. (2011). Penguins and polar bears integrates science and literacy. Science, 331(6016), 413. DOI: 10.1126/science.1196976

Lightle, K. S. (2010). Using social media to build an online professional learning network of middle level educators. Knowledge Quest, 39(2), 48-53.

Lightle, K. S. (2010). Using social media to close the participant gap of middle level educators. ISTE siglit Innovative Learning Newsletter. Retrieved from http://sigilt.iste.wikispaces.net/file/view/Fall+2010.pdf

Lightle, K. S., Almasy, E., Barbato, L., Clark, S., George, Y., Hsi, S., Lowe, C., MacKinney, P., & McIlvain, E. (2010). Best practices for metrics collection and analysis: Report of the NSDL metrics working group. Boulder, Colorado: National Science Digital Library, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 39 p. Retrieved from http://issuu.com/dlatosu/docs/nsdlmetricsreport

Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum. (2010). Future of STEM curricula and instructional design: A research and development agenda for learning designers. Report of the Blue Skies Workshop convened by the National Science Foundation. Retrieved from http://issuu.com/dlatosu/docs/futureofstemcurriculumdesign2010

Pillai, S., & Lightle, K.S. (2009). Opening the door to STEM careers. Middle Ground: The Magazine of Middle Level Education 13(1) 28-29. Retrieved from http://www.nmsa.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/August2009/Article15/tabid/1981/Default.aspx

Lightle, K. S. (2004). ENC. D-Lib Magazine 10(6). ISSN 1082-9873. Retrieved from http://dlib.org/dlib/june04/06featured-collection.html

Lightle, K. S., & Ridgway, J. S. (2003). Generation of XML records across multiple metadata standards. D-Lib Magazine 9(9). ISSN 1082-9873. Retrieved from http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september03/lightle/09lightle.html

Lightle, K. S. (2003). Using metadata standards to support interoperability in Learning Objects: Contexts and connections (C. Gynn & S. Acker, eds.). 43-48. Columbus: The Ohio Learning Network.

[name change from Roempler to Lightle in 2003]

Roempler, K. S., Ridgway, J., & Simutis, L. (2003). Cataloging to facilitate resource discovery in developing digital libraries for K-12 education, Marcia A. Mardis, editor. Syracuse: ERIC IT Clearinghouse.

Roempler, K. S. (2002). Enhanced resource descriptions help users in the Learning Matrix Digital Library. Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians 31(3), 23-24.

Roempler, K. S., & Nicol, M. P. (1997). Integrated math and science materials: What are they, how do you use them, and how do you use them?  In P. Rillero, J. Allison, & R. Jarrell (Eds.) Creative Childhood Experiences: Integrating Science and Math Through Projects, Activities, and Centers.  Columbus, OH: Education Resources Information Center/Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education (ERIC/CSMEE).

Gadsden, T., & Roempler, K. S. (1997). Using the web for professional development. ERIC professional development monograph.

Nicol, M., & Roempler, K. S. (Contributing Eds.) (November 1996). A collection of curriculum standards and frameworks for mathematics and science education. [CD-ROM]. Columbus, OH:  Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education. S. Fee (Ed.).

Nicol, M., & Roempler, K. S. (1996). Using ENC materials to connect math and science in the classroom. In S. Fee (Ed.), M. Nicol & K.S. Roempler (Contributing Eds.). Excellence In Action: Exemplary Classroom Practices. [CD-ROM]. Columbus, OH:  Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education.

Roempler, K. S. (1996). Connecting to science resources. Science Scope, 19(6): 26-28.

Roempler, K. S. (1995). Understanding science teacher leaders’ concerns regarding the use of portfolio assessment: Facilitating the process using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. Dissertation Abstracts International – 56/06, 2158.

Roempler, K. S. (1995). ENC collects K-12 mathematics and science materials.  2061 Today, 5(1), 4.

Ohio Department of Education. (1994). Model competency-based science program. Columbus, OH: Author.

Roempler, K. S., & Warren, C. R. (March, 1993). Computer networks for science teachers. ERIC Science Education Digest. Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education. (ERIC Reproduction Service No. ED 359 044)

Presentations

January 4th, 2012

Build Your Own eBooks with CAST’s UDL Book Builder. eTech Ohio Conference. February 15, 2012. Columbus, OH.

Enhancing STEM Education by Using Digital Open Education Resources. Cyberlearning Tools for STEM Education Conference. March 8, 2011. San Francisco, CA.

Role of Social Networking in Climate Change Education. (Invited Presentation). NASA-NOAA-NSF Tri-Agency PI Meeting. March 1, 2011. Washington, DC.

Create, Collaborate, and Connect with the Middle School Portal 2 Professional Learning Network. eTech Ohio 2011 Conference. February 3, 2011. Columbus, OH.

Engaging Teachers with Social Media: Successes and Challenges. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. October 11, 2010. Washington, DC.

Making the Most of Digital Learning Resources for STEM with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference 2010. July 8, 2010. Washington, DC.

Demystifying the Federal Grant Review Process: National Science Foundation. With David Haury. Workshop Series sponsored by The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research. April 23, 2010. Presentation available at http://prezi.com/jthr2zxupefx/demystifying-the-federal-review-grant-process-focus-on-nsf/.

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Integrating Literacy and Science in K-5 Classrooms. Featured presentation – Elementary Science Day. Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) Annual Conference. February 25, 2010. Columbus, OH.

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. (Invited Presentation). Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Recognition Program. January 5, 2010. Washington, DC.

Best Practices on Collecting and Analyzing Metrics Data to Support a Comprehensive Project-Level Evaluation Strategy. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. November 18, 2009. Washington, DC.

Putting MSP2 Content in the Path of Users by Leveraging Web 2.0. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. November 19, 2009. Washington, DC. Presentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/klightle/leveraging-web-20-tools.

Leading 21st Century Skills With Your Collection: Infusing New Science Resources Into Teaching, Learning, and Thinking. (Invited Presentation). 2009 School Library Journal Leadership Summit: Librarians as Leaders of 21st Century Learning. October 3, 2009. Washington, DC. Presentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/klightle/leading-21st-century-skills-with-your-collection-infusing-new-science-resources-into-teaching-learning-and-thinking.

Using Digital Tools to Build an Architecture of Participation. NSF Brown Bag. National Science Foundation. July 2, 2009. Washington, DC. Presentation available at http://www.slideshare.net/klightle/lightle-cln-presentation-012610-withnotes.

Digital Resource Showcase for K-12 Science Education. (Invited Presentation). NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference. Building Excellence in STEM Teaching. July 2, 2009. Washington, DC.

Web 2.0 for Science: Examples of Participatory Tools for Science Learning. National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting. March 20, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

TeacherShare! A Share-a-Thon for Teachers Involved in the International Polar Year. National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting. March 21, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

Energy and the Polar Environment in the Elementary Classroom. National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting. March 21, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Elementary Readers. National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting. March 22, 2009. New Orleans, LA.

Creating and Delivering Content in a Web 2.0 World. NSF Brown Bag. March 11, 2009. National Science Foundation. Washington, DC.

Middle School: What Do We Know? NSDL Brown Bag Webinars. December 11, 2008.

Online Resources for Middle School Math and Science. National Middle School Association Annual Meeting. October 31, 2008. Denver, CO.

Data Driven Decision Making. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Annual Meeting. October 2, 2008. Washington, DC.

IPY: Arctic and Antarctic Biology. National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) Annual Meeting. March 30, 2008. Boston, MA.

Finding Quality Middle School Math and Science Resources Just Became Faster, Easier, and More Efficient. National Middle School Association Annual Meeting. November 10-12, 2007. Houston, TX.

Using iVia as an Automatic Metadata Generation Tool. National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting. November 6-8, 2007. Washington, DC.

Managing Data Using the MSP DMS. National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting. October 18-20, 2006. Washington, DC.

Using Content from Several Digital Libraries. National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting. November 15-18, 2005. Denver, CO.

NSDL Service Integration. National Science Digital Library Annual Meeting. November 15-18, 2005. Denver, CO.

Building a Digital Library. American Society for Human Genetics K-12 Education Summit. Invited Speaker. ASHG Headquarters, September 9-10, 2004, Bethesda, MD.

Reusability and ENC. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL). June 7-11, 2004. Tucson, AZ.

Digital Libraries: New Tools for Science Teaching and Learning. 2004 NSTA National Conference. April 1, 2004, Atlanta, GA.

Generation of XML Records across Multiple Metadata Standards. 2003 Dublin Core Conference: Supporting Communities of Discourse and Practice – Metadata Research & Applications Poster.  September 28 – October 2, 2003.  Seattle, WA.

Generation of XML Records across Multiple Metadata Standards. 2003 Dublin Core Conference: Supporting Communities of Discourse and Practice – Metadata Research & Applications Poster.  September 28 – October 2, 2003.  Seattle, WA.

Interoperability and Metadata. Invited Speaker. Academic ADL Co-Lab The Learning Repositories Summit. October 7-8, 2003, Madison, WI.

Panel on Establishing Accessibility Guidelines for Digital Libraries. 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. May 27-31, 2003, Rice University, Houston, TX.

Building Learning Communities.  Invited Speaker. NASA Explorer Schools Web Design Jam.  May 20-22, 2003, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.

Building an Educational Digital Library: Cataloging to Facilitate Resource Discovery. Invited Speaker. OSU Libraries Monthly Colloquium. March 5, 2003. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Metadata: Describing Digital Content to Meet Targeted Learning Objectives. Invited Speaker. OLN Learning Institute @ The Ohio State University Conference on Building and Assessing Sharable Content. January 21-23, 2003, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Educationally Relevant Metadata. Invited Speaker. 2002 NSDL All Projects Meeting. December 2-4, 2002, Washington, DC.

Building an Educational Digital Library. NSTA Colloquium – Invited Speaker.  NSTA, Washington, DC. October 22, 2002.

Building a Digital Library: Cataloging to Facilitate Resource Discovery – Invited Speaker. NASA Educational Technology Program Training Conference, Cocoa Beach, FL. May 8, 2002.

Methods, issues, and challenges in the design and implementation of the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Digital Library (NSDL).  AERA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 4, 2002.

The Learning Matrix: A Peer-Reviewed Online Learning Environment. NSTA National Convention, San Diego, CA, March 27, 2002.

The Learning Matrix: A Digital Learning Environment for Math and Science Faculty at the College Level. NSTA National Convention, San Diego, CA, March 28, 2002.

The Learning Matrix.org: An Online Resource for Math and Science Instructors at the College Level. AMTE Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, January 25, 2002.

The Learning Matrix: A Peer Reviewed Online Learning Environment for Science and Mathematics Instructors at the College Level, AETS Annual International Conference. Charlotte, SC, January 11, 2002.

A National Digital Library for Undergraduate Mathematics and Science Teacher Preparation and Professional Development. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), Roanoke, VA, June 25, 2001.

Integrating the Internet Into Science Classrooms. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) 56th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 27, 2000.

A Study of Science Teacher Leaders’ Changing Concerns Regarding the Use of Portfolio Assessment. Annual Meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching, St. Louis, MO, March 1996.

Portfolio Assessment in High School Science Classrooms. 18th Annual Science Education Council of Science Convention, Dayton, Ohio, February, 1995.

Teachers as Agents of Change in the Use of Portfolio Assessment in Science Classrooms: Facilitating the Process Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. Presentation at the National Center for Science Teaching and Learning Seminar, February, 1994.

Authentic Assessment: Building Performance Tasks in Science.  16th Annual Science Education Council of Science Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, February, 1993.

An Abstract Content Analysis of Science Practitioner Journals From 1970 to 1990.  Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science, Charleston, South Carolina, January, 1993.

Technology and Problem Solving in Chemistry.  40th Annual National Science Teachers Association Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1992.

Computer Networks for Science Teachers. 40th Annual National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1992.