Scientific Advisory Board

Janet Twyman

Janet S. Twyman

Founder & Chief Learning Scientist

Dr. Janet Twyman is an education innovator, thought leader, and founder of blast: a learning sciences company. Through blast, Janet creates and evaluates K-12 and higher education digital learning programs, identifies metrics and evaluation rubrics for virtual learning, and provides professional development for educational organizations. Always passionate about education, Janet has been a preschool and elementary teacher, school principal and administrator, university professor, instructional designer, distance learning architect, and educational consultant. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the UMass Chan Medical School and formerly served as Director of Innovation and Technology for the U.S. Dept. of Education funded Center on Innovations in Learning. Previously, as Vice President of Instructional Development, Research, & Implementation at Headsprout, she and colleagues created internet-based early reading programs that have won several national and international awards. Janet has presented to and worked with education organizations in over 80 states and countries, including speaking about technologies for diverse learners and settings at the United Nations. She has published and presented widely on instructional design, virtual/remote learning, evidence-based innovations in education, and systems to produce meaningful differences in learners’ lives. In 2008 she served as the President of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and in 2014 was named an ABAI Fellow. For her distinguished contributions to educational research and practice she has received both the Wing Award for Evidence-based Education and the American Psychological Association Division 25 Fred S. Keller Behavioral Education Award.