Stephanie L. Norby is the director of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, where she oversees Institution-wide initiatives and programs, including publications, education events, educational websites and online conferences, heritage month celebrations and national and international education partnerships. Her office has produced the Smithsonian Learning Lab, a Web-based platform designed for educators, students and lifelong learners to discover, create and share ideas and knowledge drawn from more than a million Smithsonian resources and tools for customizing them. Norby has partnered on national educational programs with the Pearson Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft Partners in Learning and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Norby previously worked in the Kansas City, Mo., School District as director of curriculum, professional development and assessment. In this position, she was responsible for developing the K–12 curriculum and assessments in all subjects, major curriculum purchases ,including library resources and textbooks, professional development for 4,000 educators and paraprofessionals, and development of magnet-school themes and programs. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Missouri. She also attended graduate school in education at California State University, Long Beach and in museum studies at the University of Kansas.
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