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Meg Earnest

Meg (She/They) comes to the Institute on the Environment with a diverse leadership background in formal, informal, and higher education STEM teaching and learning. As a national science education leader and master educator, she brings expertise that supports systems of scholar success from K-12 to higher education to career. She is passionate about educational equity, innovation in science teaching and learning, leveraging intersectoral collaborations, and nurturing the relationship between formal and informal institutions of learning in order to serve all scholars and ignite curiosity in service to lifelong learning. Meg was elected to the National Science Teaching Association Executive Board, and currently serves on the boards of SciMathMN, and the Minnesota Science Teachers Association, where she championed and chairs the DEI Conference Strand for the Minnesota Conference on Science Education. Her expertise in science and engineering education, and collaborative relationships with leaders at the intersection of higher education, K-12, and industry, uniquely positions her to advance opportunities for diverse scholars as the new Program Manager for Graduate Student Leadership Development at IonE. 

Prior to her role with IonE, Meg founded an education consulting firm, Earnest Educational Solutions, where she pioneered professional development initiatives related to culturally responsive teaching, three-dimensional learning, phenomena-based learning, and equity in science education. Additionally, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, Meg established a series of professional learning opportunities and training for K-12 leaders related to equity, culturally responsive teaching, and science standards implementation. Meg is not a new face to the University of Minnesota-  through the opening and operation of the new Bell Museum as the School Programs Manager, she collaborated with faculty and staff across colleges to communicate their science, broaden public participation in university research, and mentored undergraduate and graduate students.