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Director of Early STEM Program, Center for Technology in Learning
Ximena Domínguez, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist in the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI International. Her research examines child-level factors and classroom-level processes that influence young children’s learning behavior and school readiness, with the goal of informing early childhood education practices. She conducts research in partnership with programs serving families and children from low-income backgrounds and in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. When conducting research, she draws on her expertise and experience in early childhood education, STEM readiness, design-based research, assessment development, and mixed method analytic strategies.
Domínguez’s portfolio of work includes research and development projects, evaluation efforts and assessment development initiatives—all focused on early engagement and STEM readiness and exploring the unique affordances of developmentally appropriate technology for early teaching and learning. At SRI, she has led early science and technology integration initiatives for the Head Start National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, and has contributed to multiple evaluations of early childhood programs such as the Early Math Collaborative’s PreK–third grade mathematics professional development program funded by the i3 Funds for Investment Innovation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Ready to Learn Initiative funded by the Department of Education.
Domínguez currently serves as principal investigator on the National Science Foundation-funded Next Generation Preschool Science project and co-principal investigator on the Institute of Education Sciences-funded ENFOQUE en Ciencia project. In addition, she serves as senior researcher on the NSF-funded Next Generation Preschool Math project and the Joint Engagement with Media study within the Learning in Formal and Informal Environments (LIFE) Science of Learning Center.
Domínguez earned a Master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s and doctoral degree in applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami.