Christine (Groneman) Okochi is a CIRES Education and Outreach Associate. She developed a love of science and education early in her career at the Cornell Tree Ring Lab, where she trained undergraduate students in dendrochronology research. She has since taught in K-12 classrooms as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Cape Verde and then in New York City public schools. After earning a Masters degree in International Education, she settled in Colorado where she now supports educational research and program evaluation with the CIRES Education and Outreach team.
M.A. International Education, New York University, New York, NY, 2009
M.A. Teaching ESOL, Teachers College, New York, NY, 2006
B.A. History of Art, Independent Study in Dendrochronology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1999
Professional Research Assistant, Education and Outreach, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder, 2016-Present
Professional Research Assistant, Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS), University of Colorado Boulder, 2012-2015
Teacher, ESL, District of Columbia Public Schools, 2010-2011
Independent Research Consultant in International Education, 2009-2011
Teacher, Science and ESL, New York City Department of Education, 2003-2008
Teacher, ESL, U.S. Peace Corps, Republic of Cape Verde, 2001-2003
Research Aide, Aegean Dendrochronology Project, Cornell Tree Ring Lab, Cornell University, 2000-2001
Littrell, M.K., Okochi, C., Gold, A.U., Leckey, E., Tayne, K., Lynds, S., Williams, V., & Wise, S. (in press). Exploring students’ engagement with place-based environmental challenges through filmmaking: a case study from the Lens on Climate Change program. Journal of Geoscience Education.
Littrell, M., Gold, A., Leckey, E., & Okochi, C. (2019, June). Engaging middle and high school students in the Lens on Climate Change filmmaking program. National Science Foundation ITEST Principle Investigator and Evaluator Summit: Living, Learning, and Working in the Digital Age, Alexandria, VA.
Littrell, M.K., Leckey, E., Gold, A.U., Tayne, K., Okochi, C., & Lynds, S. (2019, April). The Lens on Climate Change: Engaging and inspiring secondary students through place-based filmmaking. Paper presented at the 92nd Annual International Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Education (NARST), Baltimore, Maryland.
Gold, Anne U. , Leckey, Erin, Littrell, Megan, Okochi, Christine, Lynds, Susan, Wise, Sarah, 2018-12-13: Lens on Climate Change. Inspiring youth to learn about local impacts of climate change through filmmaking- a transformative experience. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, , Washington, D.C.
Gold, Anne U., Boyd, Kathryn, Leckey, Erin H., Littrell, Megan, Lynds, Susan E., Curry, Renee M., Morton, Amanda, Okochi, Christine, Schloesser, K., Taylor, Jennifer, 2019-5-0: How CIRES Education & Outreach can support you and broaden the impact of your science. CIRES Rendezvous, Boulder, CO, United States
Littrell-Baez, M., Tayne, K., Leckey, E., Gold, A., Okochi, C., Wise, S., Lynds, S., Smith, L., Oonk, D. (2018): A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Lens on Climate Change Students' Perspectives on Climate Change. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Research Association, Annual Conference, New York.
Leckey, E., Littrell-Baez, M., Tayne, K., Gold, A.U., Okochi, C., Oonk, D., Smith, L., Lynds, S.E. (2017): Storytelling and Technology Combine to Create Student Engagement Around Locally Relevant Climate Change Topics ED41C-01. Presented at 2017 Fall Meeting American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA.
Littrell-Baez, M.K., Friend, A., Caccamise, D., & Okochi, C. (2015). Using retrieval practice and metacognitive skills to improve content learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58(8), 680-687. doi: 10.1002/jaal.420
Caccamise, D., Friend, A., Groneman, C., Littrell-Baez, M.K., & Kintsch, E. (2014). Teaching struggling middle school readers to comprehend informational text. In J.L. Polman et al. (Eds.), Learning and Becoming in Practice: The International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2014, Volume 2 (pp. 1002-1006). Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.