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Nermeen Dashoush

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Nermeen Dashoush is a clinical assistant professor of early childhood at Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. Her work focuses on leveraging media and technology to provide access to high-quality STEM education. Her research interests include enhancing discourse between adults and children, elevating classroom quality, and STEM informal learning spaces.

Dr. Dashoush has created several award-winning apps and children’s television programs, for which she was nominated for an Emmy. Her digital resources are used in thousands of classrooms nationwide, and her apps have received over 10 million downloads worldwide. She is currently working on a show for PBS Kids, which teaches children about computation thinking skills and expanding representation in the STEM field. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the federally funded Jumpstart program, which prepares college students to work in underserved communities. She is also a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Dr. Dashoush’s journey in education started in New York City, where she worked as a NYC public school teacher and created several after-school and summer STEM programs for young children. Before joining Boston University, Dr. Dashoush taught curriculum improvement and science education at Teachers College and Columbia University, where she mentored preservice and in-service teachers.

PhD, Science Education, Columbia University
MA, Curriculum and Teaching, Columbia University
MA, Middle Eastern Studies and Education, New York University

Dashoush, N. (Jan, 2024). Leveraging Technology to Shape the Questions Children Are Asked. Early Childhood Innovation. Accepted for publication, January 2024.

Dashoush, N. (2023, March). Ways to Nurture Interests That Inspire Kids to Explore Their Passions. PBSKids.

Haber, A. S., Kumar, S. C., Puttre, H., Dashoush, N., & Corriveau, K. H. (2022). “Why Can't I See My Friends and Family?”: Children's Questions and Parental Explanations about Coronavirus. Mind, Brain, and Education16(1), 54-61.

Dashoush, N. (2021) Edtech Connects Head Start Classrooms and Families. Head Start Sand Box Magazine

Haber, A.S., Leech, K., Benton, D., Dashoush, N., & Corriveau, K. H. (2021). Questions and explanations in the classroom: Examining variation in early childhood teachers’ responses to children’s scientific questions. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Dashoush, N. (2023, November). Leveraging AI in Childhood Education: Fostering Computational Thinking in Informal Learning Environments. In AI and Education Symposium. Boston University Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering. Retrieved from https://www.bu.edu/hic/ai-and-education-symposium/

Bolden, N., Dashoush, N., Peth,D, Wolsky, M.  (2023, September) Mistakes Required – Authenticity, Diversity and Computational Thinking. NETA conference.

Dashoush, N. & Folts, F., (2023, August).  Transforming Classroom Talk: Exploring Effective Strategies for Teacher-Child Interactions. One Goal Conference.

Dashoush, N, Cain, B., & Lupa, M., (2023, May).  Leveraging Strengths to Support Early Learning. World Forum on Early Care and Education in Panama City, Panama.

Dashoush, N., Castro, D., Curenton, S., Friedland, E., & Murphy, K. (2022, Nov.) Addressing Pressing Contemporary Issues of Equity and Diversity in Early Childhood.  Featured Presentation at the NAEYC annual conference.

Dashoush, N. (2022, May).  Educational Technology: Recognizing the benefits and updating our perspective. Presentation for Head Start via the Gravely Group.

Bien, A., Bryson J., Jimenez, L., & Dashoush, N. (2022, April). Reshaping Course Values & Voices to Align with Equity Goals:  A Critical Mixed-Methods Review of Course Syllabi. Presentation for MACTE 2022

Dashoush, N. (2021, Dec).  What We Count Counts: Contextualizing Mathematics through Science, Keynote at New Hampshire Early and Elementary Mathematics Collaborative (NHEEMC).

Dashoush, N. (2021, Nov).  Social Emotional Learning, Using Technology to Give Children the Tools they Need. Webinar Presented at Head Start Region 7 annual Conference (Virtual).

Dashoush,N. (2021, Oct).  Using EdTech to Promote Access to High-Quality Education. Keynote speaker at AELC annual conference. Watch Here: https://vimeo.com/640895188