Lior Schenk is a science teacher with over six years in academic outreach, educational design, and neuroscience research. Striving to lead as a dynamic and enthusiastic educator, he directs his teaching practice towards student advocacy, 21st Century Skills, and connected learning ecologies.
Currently Lior is an MSEd candidate in the Teacher Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, he studied physiology and neuroscience while performing biomedical research as a Eureka! scholar at UC San Diego. Lior nurtured an early love for science education while volunteering at the neuroscience outreach group, Interaxon, and later led the organization as President. During college, learning about science and the brain quickly turned into learning about learning science! Now, building off his experience in both science, communication, and the arts, Lior aims to investigate issues in science education, teaching and learning, and schools at large.
Lior is currently serving as a student teacher at Science Leadership Academy, an understanding-driven, project-based high school where learning is centered around the five core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. Through his work at SLA and Penn GSE, his thesis research explores frameworks for building student argumentation, ideation, and scientific explanation. In the face of an evolving technological and informational landscape, Lior seeks to equip students with the skillsets and experiences needed for breakthrough innovation and leadership. He graduates from Penn May 2018, and is thrilled to bring his efforts to the collaborative here at Remake Learning.
Research Interests: STEAM education, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning; NGSS implementation, science modeling instruction, argumentation and scientific explanation; critical pedagogy, reality pedagogy, authentic assessment, connected learning.