TIMES2 Institute believes curriculum and professional development are not a one size fits all approach, so we design a strategic plan for curriculum and professional development support after an introductory meeting with the district or school.

  • IT programming and curriculum
  • Work-based learning
  • NGSS designed curriculum
  • STEM curriculum, programming and enrichment
  • Inquiry or Project Based Learning
  • Social-Emotional Curriculum Development

Please contact Erin Conley at econley@times2.org for more information on consulting work or if there is a need you have that is not listed.

Meet our team

Erin Conley, TIMES2 Institute Director

Ms. Erin Conley has been in education for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher in public, charter, and magnet schools. From August 2014 – May 2017 she walked through the process of building an innovative magnet program from the ground up. This magnet program was recognized as National Magnet School of Excellence in 2016 and 2017.

In addition, in April 2017 it was recognized as a National Green Ribbon School. In order to accomplish these prestigious recognitions Ms. Conley collaboratively developed innovative curriculum and programs for health and wellness, STEM, environmental sciences, integrated technology, and students’ social emotional needs. She excelled in creating student centered learning targets, and developing assessments that were both qualitative and quantitative.

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The development and successful implementation of these curriculums meant building numerous partnerships with local organizations; enlisting support of all stakeholders; aligning goals based on data; securing, attending, developing and facilitating high quality professional development opportunities for staff; and organizing school and community-wide events. She currently sits on the Community Pathway Advisory Council (CPAC) in Rhode Island, Rhode Island Environmental Educator Association (RIEEA) Environmental Literacy Advisory Council, Rhode Island Network of Science Instructional Leaders (RINSIL), and Rhode Island Science Educators Community Leadership Team. Erin is also a member of Partners for Philanthropic Planning of RI (PPPRI) and Rhode Island Science Teachers Association (RISTA).

Presently, she holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Bucknell University, a M.S. in Special Education from Southern Connecticut University, 30 credits and a certificate in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University, and is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at Northeastern University.

Washawn Jones, Assistant Director of Development

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Washawn Jones has 15 years of sales, fundraising, networking and event planning experience. Most recently, she worked at The Providence Journal and has also worked at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce and The Boston Globe.

Mrs. Jones is passionate about broadening the scope of The Institute's work through donor development, networking and partnering with other non-profit organizations.

She holds a Master of Science in Business Management degree from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 

 

Bill Bennett, IT Education Program Coordinator

Bill Bennett has 10 years of experience as an IT professional working in the public and nonprofit sector. He is dedicated to his community and its improvement. In addition to successfully supporting networks of over 1,000 devices and users, he has experience consulting for nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Bennett designed and created a Cisco Networking Academy at TIMES2 STEM Academy, offering courses to prepare high school and middle school students for a CCNA certification. From there, he expanded his scope and began offering his courses to the greater community. With TIMES2 Institute, he has created the IT Education Program to offer technology certifications to members of the community (with a focus on those with barriers to employment).

Bill Bennett is a certified Cisco instructor and a member of the CompTIA Instructor Network. He holds numerous IT certifications and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island.

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Susan Piperata Unger, STEM Coach

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Susan Piperata Unger is currently a STEM Consultant for TIMES2 Institute. Susan’s career paths have taken different turns. Yet, all of the turns are united by a common thread- a passion for relevance and literacy in Science for all. Susan began her academic career with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Psychology. She worked for over a decade in basic and applied science labs in academic, medical, and industrial settings. Her research included topics such as reproductive biology, diabetic retinopathy, cell and tissue culture, immunology, and plant enzyme pathways.  Susan continued her education in research methodology and earned a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology.

As her own three children progressed through elementary school, Susan perceived a culture of apathy and detachment in elementary students in the science classroom. 

She responded by taking on the challenge of teaching science in the Diocese of Providence for over 15 years. Susan emphasized to her K-8 students that skills used in the practice of science are useful in our own lives. She fostered connections between science class and everyday life outside the classroom by initiating and facilitating several programs for her students: Greenhouse and Gardens programs funded by the Whole Kids Foundation, Sustainability, Science Family Night, Annual Egg Drop Competitions, local research field trips with an emphasis on Environmental Stewardship, and workshops with Save the Bay. Susan is particularly proud of her award-winning Lego Robotics Team, the Rockin’ Robots.

Susan enthusiastically designed and implemented science curriculum and assessment which was aligned philosophically and practically with Next Generation Science Standards. Since NGSS has been published and adopted by Rhode Island, Susan has undertaken professional development through the NGSX Series and holds a Leadership Certificate. She finds her work supporting practicing science teachers particularly rewarding. Currently, Susan is writing a dissertation for a PhD in Education and has earned a Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy.