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Dora Kastel

Associate Director of Curriculum Instruction Content Areas at New Visions for Public Schools

Dora Kastel has a diverse work experience in the field of education. Dora has worked as an Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction - Content Areas at New Visions for Public Schools since December 2021. Prior to that, they served as the Curriculum Development and Professional Learning Manager, Science at the same organization from December 2017 to December 2021. Dora was responsible for revising the HS Living Environment and Earth Science curriculum and providing professional learning opportunities for teachers.

Dora also worked as an NGSS Consultant at Teaching Channel from April 2016 to December 2018. Their role involved conducting EQuIP reviews and advising on NGSS-related projects. Dora was a Guest Instructor at Math for America from September 2016 to May 2018, where they developed and facilitated a course on designing instruction for the NGSS.

In their previous roles, Dora served as the Senior Coordinator of Professional Development at the American Museum of Natural History from September 2012 to December 2017. Dora facilitated teacher workshops, supported schools in strengthening professional learning communities, and focused on implementing both the Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Prior to that, they worked as a Science and Math Teacher at the NYC Department of Education from August 2006 to July 2012, where they piloted an inquiry-based science curriculum and provided staff development.

Dora also has experience as a Lead Teacher at the American Museum of Natural History's Urban Advantage program from July 2008 to June 2012. Before their career in education, they worked as an Instructor at The Double Discovery Center from July 2004 to August 2009 and as a Stage Manager and Producer at Blueberry Pond Arts Center's Young People's Program.

Overall, Dora Kastel has extensive experience in curriculum development, professional learning, teacher workshops, and instructional design for the NGSS and other standards.

Dora Kastel's education history is as follows:

Dora Kastel obtained a Doctor of Philosophy - PhD degree in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dora attended this institution from 2016 to 2019.

Prior to their PhD, Dora Kastel earned an EdM degree in Math Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. This degree was obtained between 2006 and 2008.

Before pursuing their EdM, Dora Kastel completed an MA degree in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dora attended this program from 2005 to 2006.

Dora Kastel began their education journey at the University of Pennsylvania, where they earned a BA degree in Geology and Environmental Science. Dora studied at this institution from 1999 to 2003.

In addition to their academic degrees, Dora Kastel has obtained several certifications. These include:

- "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment: NY Manager 2023" from Traliant, obtained in March 2023.

- "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment S4: NY Manager 2022" from Traliant, acquired in May 2022.

Dora Kastel also holds a teaching certification for Earth Science 7-12 in New York State, but the institution where they obtained the certification, as well as the specific month and year of acquisition, are not provided.

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Timeline

  • Associate Director of Curriculum Instruction Content Areas

    December, 2021 - present

  • Curriculum Development And Professional Learning Manager Science

    December, 2017