Christine (Groneman) Okochi is a CIRES Education & Outreach Associate. She developed a love of science and teaching 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 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 & Outreach team.
M.A., International Education, New York University, New York, NY, 2009
M.A., Teaching E.S.O.L., Peace Corps Fellow, 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 Associate, 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.