Cynthia Char is Principal of Char Associates, an educational consulting firm based in Montpelier Vermont with clients throughout the United States, and specializing in the design and evaluation of educational programs and products. She began her research career at Harvard Project Zero and Children’s Television Workshop in the late ‘70’s. Prior to establishing her consulting firm, Dr. Char was a senior associate in research and design at both Bank Street College’s Center for Children and Technology in New York and the Education Development Center (EDC) in Newton, Massachusetts. Her evaluation work includes developing and overseeing formative research and process evaluations to help organizations maximize the educational value and effectiveness of their programs and products, and outcomes-based and summative evaluations to assess programs’ educational impact and outcomes. Dr. Char’s particular areas of expertise include learning in formal and informal learning settings (schools, colleges, museums, libraries, zoos, parks, community-based organizations), educational media and technology, and student learning and professional development in science and mathematics. Among her current evaluation projects, she is a senior research advisor for Change the Story, a systemic change initiative promoting the economic well-being of women in Vermont. Dr. Char has a background in human development and learning. B.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.