Mary Jo Madda

Madda_Mary JoMary Jo (MJ) is a master’s student in the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Following her time at Northwestern University, Mary Jo moved into the world of education as a KIPP science teacher and grade level chair with Teach for America in Houston, TX, and later as a curriculum developer for a Catholic school in Los Angeles. During these years, Mary Jo discovered a passion for curriculum, educational technology, and closing the STEM achievement gap, particularly when she served as part of a panel for the L.A. Archdiocese to develop district-wide Common Core curriculum guides. Mary Jo currently leads and takes part in several educational technology initiatives around Harvard. She is working with Professor Karen Brennan and the MIT Media Lab’s ScratchEd program to create on-line professional development for teachers to learn basic computer programming. Mary Jo also worked with a team of scientists and curriculum developers to create a media asset library to foster immersive science inquiry for Harvard’s mobile augmented reality STEM project, EcoMOBILE. Mary Jo also co-founded “EDUtainment,” a start-up that seeks to create engaging on-line media for STEM classroom instruction, taglined as “School House Rock for the 21st Century.” EDUtainment has experienced a number of successes, including acceptance as a Resident in the Harvard Innovation Lab, a feature in the Boston Herald, and a position in the finals for Teach for America’s Social Innovation Award. Mary Jo’s passion for entrepreneurship and educational technology influences her desire to develop her leadership skills and further the use of technology as an effective aid for both public and private school environments.