Vera Michalchik, a member of the Connected Learning Research Network, is Sr. Associate Director for Learning Sciences and Technology at Stanford’s Center for Teaching and Learning and also Senior Research Advisor at SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning, where she directed the informal learning practice for many years. Trained in educational psychology and anthropology, she has studied the relationships and differences between learning in and out of school, with an emphasis on social interactions and material experiences that support everyday learning in community, peer-based, online, and family settings. Her research and evaluation work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Dept. of Education, the Intel Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and numerous other funders. She has also served several National Research Council initiatives focused on informal STEM learning. She began conducting evaluation studies with the Computer Clubhouse Network in 2003.