Mon-Lin Monica Ko is a Research Scientist at iSAT and mainly focuses on promoting and studying classroom interactions that support students' engagement in the disciplinary practices of science. In addition to her position at iSAT, she is also a Research Assistant Professor at the Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) at the University of Illinois Chicago. At LSRI, she works closely with teachers and school districts in the Chicagoland area to co-design sustainable learning environments that support authentic sensemaking of science phenomena. As both Senior Investigator and co-PI on several projects, she facilitates collaborative research activities on interdisciplinary teams that involve experts in the fields of learning sciences, science education, educational assessment, and disciplinary literacy. She also has extensive experience in designing and facilitating professional learning for teachers.
Monica's work is informed by her prior experience as a high school biology teacher. In her free time, she loves enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.