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Sara B. Sweetman

Sara Sweetman
  • Assistant Professor
  • Elementary Education, Director of GEMS-Net
  • Phone: 401.874.6008
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Dr. Sara Sweetman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the Director of the Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-Net). She effectively bridges research and practice by engaging pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, school administrators, and the community in reform-based STEM programs.

Sara is also a children’s media consultant and head advisor for the US Department of Education’s Ready to Learn Children’s Programing grant. She has advised numerous projects with a variety of multimedia platforms connected to Sesame Street Workshop, Electric Company, The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That and other PBS/CBP educational programs. She appeared on Sesame Street exploring science concepts with Murray the Muppet.

Through teaching, consulting, advising, and research Sara builds public awareness and knowledge about the importance and joy of engaging in the nature of science and engineering.


  • Children’s media and learning experiences
  • Large scale systemic reform
  • Innovative pedagogies for STEM education
  • Ongoing professional learning for educators


  • Ph.D., Education, University of Rhode Island, 2013
  • M.S., Elementary Education with concentration in Early Childhood, Rhode Island College, 2002
  • B.S., Child and Family Relations, University of New Hampshire, 1996


Sweetman, S. & Sabella, S. (in press) Reading with a Purpose in Mind: Teaching Children to Research. Science and Children.  Science and Children.

Sweetman, S; Brenneman, K; Brown, B (2016) Ready to Learn Science Framework, Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Washington DC.

Baker,M; Benoit, B, Mardell, B., Sweetman, S., et al. (2014). Focus on K2: An Integrated Approach to Teaching and Learning, Boston Public Schools; Boston MA.

Spencer, E., & Sweetman, S., (2014) GEMS-Net: A STEM Pipeline From Kindergarten to University. FOSS Newsletter, Spring 2014, No. 43.

Sweetman, Sara B., (2013). Teachers Developing Exemplary Inquiry Practices: Three Longitudinal Case Studies, Open Access Dissertations. Paper 3.

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