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Catherine McEver, workshop documenter

Author, Exhibit Developer, Educator, and Conference Documenter

Catherine McEver, workshop documenter

Catherine McEver's background in innovative approaches to education has encompassed curriculum design, teacher training and program development, including design of a series of award-winning national demonstration projects for inner-city youth for the Department of Labor, the U.S. Office of Education, and the National Alliance of Business. She honed her skills in group facilitation, problem solving, and consensus decision making as researcher, writer, and trainer on a series of pioneer projects on problem solving and educational leadership funded by the Carnegie Corporation. She is author of The Strategy Notebook, a compendium of problem solving strategies published by Interaction Associates, and a contributor to the how-to guide, Making Meetings Work.

Curriculum credits include a landmark series of workbooks on study skills and college planning for middle school and high school students with accompanying teacher and mentor guides, developed under contract to the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley for outreach to inner-city public schools statewide.

Over the past decade, Catherine has applied her writing, graphic, and design skills to creative documentation for museums. The documentation serves as a reference and resource guide as well as an effective means of reporting to funding sources, board members, key decision makers, and the field at large. The focus ranges from program and exhibition development to museum-wide planning, cross-museum consortia, and symposia designed to inform the field. McEver is coeditor with Kathleen McLean of the NSF-funded book, Are We There Yet?, which examines the concept of best practices in science museum exhibitions, published in 2004 and available through the Association of Science-Technology Centers.