Faculty, Arizona Cooperative Extension & Water Resources Research Center, Univ. of Arizona
With over 30 years working in the water resources field and 17 in the field of education, Kerry Schwartz currently directs the Arizona Project WET (APW) water education program as Faculty with Arizona Cooperative Extension and the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona. Her statewide program develops water stewardship and STEM literacy through three pathways: 1) teacher professional development that evolves instructional practices and deepens content knowledge, 2) direct student outreach that delivers or extends classroom learning, and 3) community engagement that offers effective involvement in K-12 education. Kerry directs a team of education coordinators working out of three extension offices and sustains partnerships with more than 30 corporations, foundations and governmental agencies. Her master’s degree in geohydrology and eight years of experience in environmental consulting enable her to deepen content knowledge about water resources with real-world examples.
Currently, Kerry is working to foster critical and creative thinking through STEM-focused education programs that integrate science and mathematical practices in to relevant engineering and technological solutions. She is working to develop instructional practices that provide a structure and language for thinking, which leads to reflection, reasoning and ultimately to transference; making cognitive connections between fields and disciplines. In the last six years, she has received awards for Merit in Environmental Education, a Long Publication, Individual Program Leadership, the Most Innovative Program and twice for APW’s Outstanding Team. She co-authored the School Water Audit Program, the Water Scene Investigations Program and the Arizona Conserve Water Educators’ Guide, which was a finalist for the 2008 Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award.
Kerry joined the Board of Directors in October 2016.