Francis Joseph Downey, Jr.

Francis Joseph Downey, Jr.
  • Editorial Director, Engage Learning
Francis Downey is one of the world’s leading authorities on developing authentic learning experiences in formal and informal education settings. An innovative educator, Francis has been involved with education for more than 40 years as a lecturer, teacher, and publisher. A graduate of Yale University, he began his career in education as an education specialist at Dinosaur State Park in the US state of Connecticut, designing curriculum that integrated environmental instruction with core curriculum. After leaving that position, he worked in several science museums and planetariums developing education programs. A frequent guest on TV news programs, he commented on current space exploration. Teaching history for a decade at the college level, he developed courses in US history, African-American history, the history of Puerto Rico, European history, and world history.  In the early 1990s, he began working in educational publishing, developing classroom magazines. An editor at Weekly Reader, he developed ScienceSpin nearly 20 years ago, a science magazine that is still published today. He began working at National Geographic, leading the team that developed National Geographic Explorer Magazine and many supplemental educational programs, becoming a vice president of the world-renowned organization. Throughout his career, the Association of Educational Publishers has awarded him several Distinguished Achievement Awards, the Most Improved Award, and even their top award, the Golden Lamb. Francis Downey is one of the founders and Editorial Director of the India-based education publishing company, Engage Learning.

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