About

Laughing Crow Curriculum LLC is dedicated to the design, implementation, and publication of custom STEM education materials, with a focus on science and engineering. We are passionate about making science accessible, equitable, authentic, and personally relevant to learners of all ages. Our dedication to producing curricula products that are aesthetically engaging and beautifully designed sets us apart from other educational publishers. Our expertise in the collaborative design of curricula means that we can facilitate the design process with teams of teachers, school leaders, STEM professionals, and program staff. We provide support and guidance through all stages of the curriculum design process, from idea inception, design, expert review, piloting, revision, publication, and dissemination.

In 2001, company founder Kristen Bergsman identified a need in the education community: while youth programs need engaging curriculum, many organizations lack staff members who have specific curriculum development experience or the time to manage the curriculum development process. In order to serve that need, Laughing Crow Curriculum was launched to support clients with curriculum development, design, production, and publication services. Our focus includes STEM, science, engineering, environmental, health, and sustainability education. We create and publish educational materials for both formal and informal learning environments.

Services:

  • Curriculum Development, Design, and Publication
  • Educational Product Design
  • Professional Development for Teachers
  • Creative Nature Journaling Workshops

Laughing Crow Curriculum LLC is a Seattle-based limited liability company.

Our Pedagogical Approach

The company’s pedagogical approach includes focusing on interdisciplinary, place-based learning experiences that engage each learner as both a member of their community and as an inhabitant of their local environment. Laughing Crow Curriculum LLC is dedicated to promoting scientific and environmental literacy through its curricula and products. We are also committed to providing opportunities for parents, caregivers, and educators to interact with children in meaningful ways to develop inquisitive, responsible, and compassionate global citizens. We use a “backward design” approach to curriculum development, which begins with the end in mind–with a focus on learning objectives, educational standards, and assessment tools. Depending on our clients’ needs, our curriculum products incorporate inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, and/or problem-based learning models. We guide our clients through the process of designing curricula that is deeply aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Our experience in engineering education allows us to support teachers in bringing engineering design into their science classrooms.

Our Staff

Our company founder, Kristen Clapper Bergsman, is a science educator, STEM researcher, educational product designer, and writer. In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Bergsman serves as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Science and Math Education at the University of Washington as well as leading engineering education research projects and curriculum design at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

Previously, Ms. Bergsman was the Pre-College Education Manager at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering where she led two summer research experience programs for science teachers and high school students. She also formerly co-owned BrightStart Learning LLC,  a publisher of early childhood education books and learning materials. Ms. Bergsman worked as the Curriculum Developer for the University of Washington’s Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. Prior to that, she managed the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue, Washington, one of the largest providers of environmental education in the state. In that role, Ms. Bergsman oversaw the growth of the Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program, an award-winning program providing yearlong internships for local high school students interested in watershed education.

Ms. Bergsman volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Roots of Empathy, 826 Seattle, and St. Edward Environmental Learning Center. She has served as a Board Member for the Environmental Education Association of Washington, a Writer-in-Residence for the Shoreline School District, a crow surveyor for the University of Washington, and a youth career mentor for Eastside Youth Services.

In order to advance her skills, Ms. Bergsman is currently pursuing a doctorate in Learning Sciences and Human Development from the University of Washington College of Education. Her training includes mixed methods research methodology (qualitative and quantitative research) with a focus on collaborative design of STEM curriculum. Ms. Bergsman holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Science Education from the University of Washington (Seattle, Washington) and a B.A. from Huxley College of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington) in Environmental Education and Interpretation, from which she graduated magna cum laude. She and her husband happily share their Seattle neighborhood with many crows.

 

Our Partners

We partner with a pool of talented graphic designers, illustrators, copyeditors, media production studios, program evaluators, and other professionals as needed to meet our clients’ unique needs. Our featured graphic designer/illustrator partner is Clayton DeFrate Design.


Our Awards

2007 Finalist in the YA/Children’s Chapter Book Category
Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association Literary Contest
Manuscript: Valley of the Jade Dragon by Kristen Clapper Bergsman

2001-2002 Community Catalyst Award
Environmental Education Association of Washington
Awarded to the Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program. At the time of the award, Kristen Bergsman managed the program.

2002 Bringing Kids and Science Together Award
Pacific Science Center, Awarded to Kristen Bergsman

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