Teacher, researcher and learning designer, Elizabeth Jewett is a Co-Creator of Moving Minds. She earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in 2014 with a concentration in Cognitive Development and Problem-Based Learning. As an educator and researcher with diverse personal and professional experiences, Beth is committed to a view of education as the culmination of formal and informal learning experiences. This view sees learning as on-going and separate from schooling and teaching as greater than instruction.
Elizabeth's research explores what learning looks like when it is designed to improve our ability to identify the right questions, look inward, and work together to solve problems and create new realities. She has worked as a research assistant for studies at the Guggenheim, Yale University and the Columbia Medical Center. As a Research Associate for the Education for Thinking Lab at Columbia University, Teachers College she coordinated a three-year study between the Education for Thinking Lab and The Ministry of Education and Office of the President of the Dominican Republic.
Elizabeth works to bridge the art and science of learning as a means to explore how education is meeting both our human and societal needs. She re-entered the classroom as a lead teacher at the Montessori School of Englewood in Chicago and has worked as a Research Consultant and Grant Writer for an education tech start-up in Chicago. She is an English Language Specialist for the United States Department of State and recently conducted a workshop on Problem Solving in the ESL Classroom with teachers in Cuba.
Based in Brooklyn, Kate Jewett is a dancer, dance maker, educator and rehearsal director. She holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Early in her career Kate was a member of Merce Cunningham’s Repertory Understudy Group. In 2005, she joined Shen Wei Dance Arts and was named rehearsal director in 2009. As the company education director she created a dance-in-education program for NYC schools. Her own works have been performed at the West Park Presbyterian Church, DeSales University, the United Nations, Park Avenue Armory, SCGSAH’s Gunter Theater, Milano Teatro Scuola, Paolo Grassi, Fabbrica Europa and Performatica festivals. Jewett founded Watusi Regime, a site-specific collaborative performance series. She is the co-founder of Moving Minds, a program that combines modern dance with critical thinking skills.