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Kathleen Schwille

Vice President, Curriculum, Education and Children’s Media, and Executive Director, National Geographic Education Foundation

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Kathleen Schwille, Vice President, Curriculum, Education and Children’s Media, and Executive Director, National Geographic Education Foundation, leads National Geographic’s efforts in the formal education arena, including online and in-person teacher communities, stewardship of the grant-making work of the National Geographic Education Foundation and oversight of National Geographic’s relationship with its formal education partner, Cengage Learning. She also oversees the Society’s work of aligning all of its products and experiences to a learning framework that teaches the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary for active citizenship in our rapidly changing global society. Before coming to the National Geographic Society, Kathleen researched professional development programs for science teachers to increase student learning and change teachers’ classroom behavior. Kathleen has also developed extensive curricular materials for teachers and students of all ages, including a full year high school environmental science program. Kathleen is a certified science teacher, and taught high school chemistry in rural Tanzania with the Peace Corps. Kathleen has a bachelors degree in Chemistry Education and a masters degree in Learning Sciences, both from Northwestern University.