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April Luehmann

April Luehmann

Associate Professor
Teaching & Curriculum
LeChase Hall 472
(585) 275-3010
PhD, University of Michigan (science education; industrial and operations engineering)
MS, University of Michigan (science education; industrial and operations engineering)
BA, Concordia University (secondary education; mathematics)

April Luehmann joined the Warner School community in 2002 as a science educator, teaching in the science teacher preparation and doctoral programs. She completed graduate degrees in science education and industrial and operations engineering, and previously taught mathematics and science to secondary school students in Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana.

Luehmann is the lead designer and researcher for the Warner School innovative teacher education program that merges learning to teach in out-of-school settings as a complement to and scaffold for learning to teach in in-school (high-stakes) settings. Each year of the program, the science education master’s students work with University faculty to run an environmental action camp and a science inquiry club for local urban teens, the latter of which serves as a second focus for Luehmann’s scholarship. In the context of this club, called Science STARS, she studies questions, such as How can long-term inquiry into science questions that intrigue us and the construction of multimedia representations of this scientific work including film nurture positive and transformative disciplinary identities for traditionally marginalized youth? A third focus of research for Luehmann centers on the design and implementation of social and tactile augmented reality to support learning in formal (undergraduate STEM courses) and informal (museum and afterschool) contexts. Luehmann has also done research on the use of new media literacies, such as blogging to support learning.  The book that she and Warner School Dean Raffaella Borasi edited in 2012 compiles a series of studies, conducted by Luehmann, that looked at both how teachers blog for their own professional identity development and how classrooms blog to transform norms of participation.

Luehmann’s scholarly work and teaching have received recognition. In 2011, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Full-Scale Development Grant, titled Science STARS - Nurturing urban girls’ identities through inquiry-based science ($1.25 million; August 2011-July 2015).  In 2008, she was presented with the University of Rochester’s G. Graydon ‘58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Nontenured Member of the Faculty.

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Selected Publications

Luehmann, A., Henderson, J., & Tinelli, L. (2013). Supporting pre-service teachers’
development: The case of blogging in the Get Real! science teacher preparation program. In M. Knobel & C. Lankshear (Eds.) A new literacies reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Luehmann, A.L. & Frink, J. (2012). New Media Literacies in Science Education: Capitalizing on Web 2.0 to Implement Reform in The Second International Handbook of Science Education, Springer Publishers, New York, NY.
Luehmann, A.L. & Borasi, R. (Eds.) (2011). Blogging as Change: Transforming Science and Mathematics Education through New Media Literacies in New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies, Peter Lang Publishing, Bern.
Luehmann, A.L. (2009). The Get Real! Science Program: A scaffolded model to
prepare reform-minded teachers. In Teacher Education: Policy, Practice and Research, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, NY.

Luehmann, A.L. (2009). Students’ perspectives of a science enrichment programme: Out-of-school inquiry as access. The International Journal of Science Education 31(13) 1831-1855.
Luehmann, A.L. & Frink, J. (2009). How Can Blogging Help Teachers Realize the Goals of Reform-based Science Instruction? A Study of Nine Classroom Blogs.  The Journal of Science Education and Technology  18(3) 275-290.
Luehmann, A.L. (2008). Blogs’ affordances for identity work: Insights gained from an urban teacher’s blog.The New Educator 4(3) 175-198.
Luehmann, A.L. (2008). Using blogging in support of teacher professional identity development: A case-study. Journal of the Learning Sciences 17(3), 287-337.
Luehmann, A.L. & MacBride, R. (2008). Classroom blogging in the service of student-centered pedagogy: Two high school teachers’ use of blogs. THEN Journal: Technology, Humanities, Education & Narrative Issue 6.
Luehmann, A.L. & Tinelli, L. (2008). Teacher professional identity development with social networking technologies: Learning reform through blogging. Educational Media International 45(4), 323-333.
MacBride, R. & Luehmann, A.L. (2008). Capitalizing on emerging technologies. A case study of classroom blogging. School Science and Mathematics 108(5), 173-183.
Luehmann, A.L. (2007). Identity development as a lens to science teacher preparation. Science Education 91(5), 822-839.
Luehmann, A.L. & Markowitz, D. (2007). Science teachers’ perceived benefits of an out-of-school enrichment programme: Identity needs and university affordances. International Journal of Science Education 29(9), 1133-1161.
Barab, S.L. & Luehmann, A.L. (2003). Building sustainable science curriculum: Acknowledging and accommodating local adaptation. Science Education 87(4), 454-467.
Squire, K., MaKinster, J., Barnett, M. Luehmann, A.L., & Barab, S. (2003). Designed curriculum and local culture: Acknowledging the primacy of classroom culture. Science Education 87(4), 468-489.


Research Projects
Get Real! Science

In the News
12/04/2019 Wednesday Conversation - Science STARS Using Science to Make Movies for Change We Care About: A 10-Year Perspective
10/26/2019 World of Inquiry School Science STARS Red Carpet Premiere
7/27/2019 April Luehmann, Warner School Students on Summer Science Learning
7/23/2019 UR Get Real! Science Camp Tackles Record-Breaking Lake Ontario Flooding
4/04/2019 Warner School Takes Part in the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting in Toronto
7/27/2018 Get Real! Science Camp in Sodus featured on 13WHAM-TV
7/17/2018 Get Real! Science Camp Scales Up (in the Air) This Summer
2/13/2018 Warner Professor Collaborates on Augmented Reality (AR) Project that Lets Students Operate a Chemical Plant
7/27/2017 April Luehmann on Get Real! Science Camp in Sodus on Spectrum News
7/26/2017 Get Real! Science Camp Spans Rural Waters This Summer
11/17/2016 Science STARS Featured in El Mensajero Catolico 
7/06/2016 Meuwissen & Luehmann Essay on Persistence, Professional Satisfaction in Teaching on Huffington Post
2/24/2016 Museum Honors Warner Professor and East Teacher with Leadership Awards in STEM Education
4/17/2015 Fast Forward Film Festival (Featuring East High Science STARS Film, Changes)
4/07/2015 East High Science STARS Named Fast Forward Film Festival Finalist
4/03/2015 East High Science STAR Filmmaker, April Luehmann Discuss Environment-Focused Film on WXXI's Connections
1/07/2015 Science STARS Featured in Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent
10/30/2014 East High Students, Warner Graduate Students Collaborate on Science Project
8/22/2014 Science STARS Film Wins Philip Seymour Hoffman Award at Roc Teen Film Festival
7/28/2014 Future Science Teachers Guide City Students in Conducting Water Quality Study at Summer Science Camp
6/24/2014 Rochester Youth 2014: Collaborative Conversations in Authentic Spaces
4/26/2014 Science STARS Featured on WROC-TV
4/26/2014 Science STARS Red Carpet Premiere - You Are Not Alone
1/10/2014 Science STARS Featured on Democrat & Chronicle Blog
12/05/2013 2013 Science STARS Afterschool Club Featured on WHEC-TV
12/05/2013 Collaborative Conversations - Science STARS Round Table Discussion
8/23/2013 Science STARS Brake & Blog Open Mike Night
7/30/2013 Coverage of 2013 Get Real! Science Camp
7/29/2013 Summer Science Camp Offers Real-World Experiences for Students and Future Teachers
5/21/2013 Science STARS in Action: Developing Youth Identities in the Community
4/25/2013 Science STARS Debut Film Aimed at Educating Others on Healthy Food Choices
4/13/2013 Science STARS’ Red Carpet Day at the Cinema Theater
12/06/2012 Science STARS Collaborative Conversations
8/15/2012 Get Real! Science Camp Featured in El Mensajero Católico
7/31/2012 2012 Get Real! Science Camp Featured on YNN
7/30/2012 A Quest to Improve Local Beaches: Freedom School Students, Future Teachers Tackle Real Problems through Science
5/02/2012 Science STARS Hit the Red Carpet Debuting New Documentaries
4/26/2012 Science STARS Red Carpet Night at the Cinema Theater
4/13/2012 April Luehmann Quoted in R&D Magazine on University's New Chem Lab
10/14/2011 Science STARS in Rochester Business Journal
10/13/2011 Warner Awarded $1.2 Million to Support Informal Science Education
10/11/2011 New Book Helps Educators Capitalize on Blogging in Science, Math Classrooms
7/26/2011 Local Coverage of 2011 Get Real! Science Camp
7/25/2011 Summer Camp Connects Real World and Science Education
12/16/2010 El Mensajero Católico Story Highlights Science STARS
10/21/2010 Science STARS Featured on WHEC-TV and YNN Rochester
10/12/2010 Teens Study the Science Behind Everyday Stuff—like Video Games and Dancing—Through After-School Program
7/27/2010 Local Coverage of 2010 Get Real! Science Camp
7/23/2010 Rochester Summer Camp Keeps Teens Interested in Science
12/15/2009 Luehmann Discusses All-Girls Afterschool Program on WXXI
11/30/2009 Warner's Science STARS Afterschool Program Featured in Democrat and Chronicle
11/06/2009 Science STARS Featured as WROC-TV/WUHF-TV's "Go Green" Story
10/30/2009 City Teens Go Green as Part of the 2009 Science STARS Afterschool Program
7/29/2009 2009 Get Real! Science Camp Featured in Democrat and Chronicle, R News
7/07/2009 Emerging Science Educators Use Power of Blogging to Engage Differently in Their Professional Practice
7/01/2009 Two Warner Faculty Earn Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
12/07/2008 Science STARS Featured on R News, WHEC-TV
12/06/2008 2008 Science STARS Conference
11/17/2008 Wilson Middle School Girls Engage in Authentic Scientific Inquiries as Part of Science STARS
8/29/2008 Luehmann Publishes Study on Teachers' Use of Blogging in The Journal of Learning Sciences
8/14/2008 Get Real! Science Camp Featured as WHAM-TV's Bright Spot
7/17/2008 Freedom School Students Merge Science, Literacy at Get Real! Camp
5/23/2008 Warner Honors its Graduates at 2008 Commencement
5/07/2008 Luehmann Selected to Receive Excellence in Teaching Award
4/10/2008 University of Rochester Graduate Takes Rush-Henrietta Students to CERN in Switzerland to Unravel Secrets of the Universe
10/22/2007 Hip-Hop Dance, Hairstyling, Cell Phones Attract Middle School Girls to Science Through After-School Program
4/11/2007 Luehmann Awarded Young Scholars Fellowship
4/01/2007 Association of Educational Publishers Names Top Education Web Sites
11/01/2005 Luehmann's Science STARS Featured in Democrat & Chronicle
10/01/2005 Warner Represented at Science Educators' Conference
8/01/2005 Camp Experience Pairs Environmental Action with Media Savvy
9/01/2004 Get Real! Water Quality Investigation
8/01/2004 Get Real! Environmental Action Camp
11/04/2003 Guest Lecturer Discusses Scientific Research, Milk Studies
10/11/2003 Get Real! Science Action Saturdays
8/04/2003 Get Real! Environmental Action Camp

EDF410S Field Experiences in Middle Childhood (Science)
EDF411S Field Experiences in Inclusive Middle Childhood Settings (Science)
EDF416S Field Experiences in Secondary Schools (Science)
EDF417S Field Experiences in Inclusive Secondary School Settings (Science)
EDF418S Student Teaching in Secondary Schools A (Science)
EDF419S Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings A (Science)
EDF420S Student Teaching in Secondary Schools B (Science)
EDF421S Student Teaching in Inclusive Secondary School Settings B (Science)
EDU434 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science
EDU448 Implementing Innovation in Science Education
ED474A Implementing Reform-based Science Education - A
ED474B Implementing Reform-based Science Education - B
ED474C Implementing Reform-based Science Education - C
EDU486 Integrating Science and Technology
EDU487 Integrating Science and Literacy
EDU523 Theory and Research in Teaching
ED551A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1A
ED551B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1B
ED551C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 1C
ED552A Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2A
ED552B Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2B
ED552C Teaching & Curriculum Doctoral Cohort Seminar 2C
ED553 Teaching & Curriculum Dissertation Proposal Seminar
ED554 Action Research Dissertation Seminar I
ED555 Action Research Dissertation Seminar II