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Michael Occhino

Michael Occhino

Director of Science Education Outreach
Center for Professional Development & Education Reform
LeChase Hall 348
(585) 672-7880
MSEd, University of Rochester (science teaching and curriculum)
BA, University of Rochester (psychology with a biology minor)

Michael Occhino brings more than 20 years of experience as a high school science teacher and team leader to his research in reform-based urban science teaching and professional learning. He is certified to teach biology, chemistry, earth science, and general science in New York State and was Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent/Young Adult Science. He has taught International Baccalaureate Higher Level Biology and Theory of Knowledge as well as integrated physical science courses in the Rochester City School District. Occhino serves as the director of science education outreach for the Center for Professional Development and Education Reform and teaches courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and program evaluation. 
A member of the University community since 1983, Occhino graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 1987 and with his master’s degree in 1990 from the Warner School, where he is currently a doctoral student. At Warner, he supports outreach to regional districts in developing an understanding of STEM teaching and learning as well as mentoring novice and developing coaches in their practice. He is part of the leadership team for the five-year Noyce National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship for Urban STEM teachers.

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