Lynne Mainzer is an associate professor in the School of Education and deputy director of the Center for Technology in Education. Since 1993, she has provided leadership as a principal investigator, co-principal investigator or director for many of the center’s largest grant-funded projects. Among these are the Maryland State Personnel Development Grant, focused on advancing achievement among students with special needs, and a Steppingstones grant that funded development of two of the center’s premier tools, Teacher Compass and Student Compass, which feature the Interventions Strategies Bank. Other federal grants include a Stars Schools grant in which Thinkport.org was developed in collaboration with Maryland Public Television; the Maryland State Improvement Grant, which funded building Maryland Learning Links; and an OSEP model demonstration grant that launched Boundless Learning, a K-12 program designed to create positive, inclusive 21st-century learning environments. As the primary architect of Boundless Learning, she leads the ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the program in schools nationwide, using JHU’s innovative online PD Quest approach.
Over the past 20 years, she has taught graduate courses for the School of Education related to effective leadership, school reform and change, collaborative learning, special education and technology integration. She was named one of the Top 25 education professors in Maryland in 2013 and received the Excellence in Online Teaching Award (JHU/ISTE) in 2011.
Prior to joining the Center for Technology in Education, she was a special educator in Maryland schools for 13 years, receiving the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award, and was one of the first coordinators of the nationally recognized JHU Success for All program.