Center for Teaching Quality
Barnett Berry is founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), a nonprofit dedicated to an equitable and excellent public education for all students, driven by the bold ideas and practices of teachers. In 2003, CTQ launched the nation’s first virtual network of teacher leaders. Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency policy leader, and university professor. His two books, TEACHING 2030 and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave, frame a bold vision for the profession’s future.
National Science Foundation
Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy is the Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation for Education and Human Resources. Prior to coming to NSF, she was a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at Michigan State University. Dr. Ferrini-Mundy holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of New Hampshire. She began her career as a high school mathematics teacher.
Eric Hamilton is a Pepperdine education and mathematics professor, formerly at the US Air Force Academy. He leads NSF-funded research on participatory teaching, media-making, and learner engagement, and conducts parallel work in East Africa & Namibia, where he is a 2015-17 Fulbright Research Fellow.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Dr. Jo Handelsman is the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in June of 2014. Dr. Handelsman helps to advise President Obama on the implications of science for the Nation, ways in which science can inform U.S. policy, and on Federal efforts in support of scientific research.
New York Hall of Science
Dr. Margaret Honey is president and CEO of New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Among her interests at NYSCI is the role of design-based learning in promoting student interest and achievement in STEM subjects. She is widely recognized for her work using digital technologies to support children’s learning across the disciplines of science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Prior to joining NYSCI, she spent 15 years as vice president of the Education Development Center (EDC) and director of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology.
National Science Foundation
Dr. Sylvia M. James is the Director of the Division of Human Resource Development at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prior to coming to NSF, she was the Director of Education at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. She holds degrees from Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate in Science Education from Morgan State University, all located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jennifer Knudsen is a senior mathematics educator for SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. She is an expert in the design of curriculum and professional development for middle school mathematics. Her research and products include innovative performatory approaches for learning to teach Common Core practices.
CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University
Joseph Krajcik is Lappan-Phillips Professor of Science Education at Michigan State University (MSU). He is the director of CREATE for STEM, a joint institute between the colleges of Natural Science, Education, Engineering and Lyman Briggs at MSU. CREATE’s mission is to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics through innovation and research. During his career, Joe has focused on working with science teachers to reform science teaching practices to promote student engagement in and learning of science. He is currently the principal investigator and co-principal investigator for several grants to design assessments and curriculum materials aligned with the Next Generation of Science Standards.
New York University
Okhee Lee is a professor at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She was the leader for the Next Generation Science Standards Diversity and Equity Team and a steering committee member of the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.
National Science Foundation
William (Jim) Lewis is serving as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. He is currently on leave from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he is an Aaron Douglas professor of mathematics and Director of the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education.
The George Washington University
Sharon Lynch, a professor at The George Washington University, conducts research on policy-relevant STEM education issues of underrepresented students, seeking STEM opportunity structures in Next Generation inclusive STEM schools. She was program director for NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR) and president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). She is principal investigator on the NSF-funded OSPrI study.
Talia Milgrom-Elcott is the Executive Director and Co-founder of 100Kin10. Prior to founding 100Kin10, Talia was a Program Officer in Urban Education and the Senior Manager of STEM Teacher Initiatives at Carnegie Corporation of New York where she oversaw all Corporation funding in the area of human capital with a focus on how to get and keep great teachers and principals in high-need schools and support them to success. Prior to that time, Talia worked at the New York City Department of Education as part of Chancellor Joel Klein’s team, where she supported the design and implementation of system-wide reform efforts.
Tamara J. Moore, Ph.D., is an associate professor of engineering education at Purdue University. Her research is centered on the integration of STEM concepts in K-12 and postsecondary classrooms in order to help students make connections among the STEM disciplines and achieve deep understanding.
University of Colorado Boulder
Bill Penuel is Professor of Educational Psychology & Learning Sciences. Professor Penuel began his career in the field of youth development, developing expertise in program development and evaluation. His current research focuses on teacher learning and organizational processes that shape the implementation of educational policies, school curricula, and afterschool programs. He examines learning and development from sociocultural, social capital, and complex social systems perspectives.
Nichole Pinkard is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the founder of Digital Youth Network and co-creator of Remix World, a social learning platform that connects youth’s learning opportunities in school, home, and beyond.
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Megan Smith is the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
Dr. Jermelina Tupas from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Tupas is the Deputy Division Director of the Human Resource Development (HRD) within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
University of Colorado Boulder
David Webb is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Colorado Boulder and is the Executive Director of Freudenthal Institute US, an international research collaborative for mathematics and science education. Dr. Webb’s research interests include teachers’ design and use of classroom assessment and the design of professional development activities to develop teacher expertise in classroom assessment. He currently conducts classroom-based research on the relationship between teacher practice and student motivation in K-12 computer science education as part of the NSF-funded oDREAMS project. He also has focused on the design of resources and professional development that promote active learning in undergraduate mathematics and improved preparation for secondary mathematics teaching, as part of the APLU Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership. Dr. Webb was a middle and high school math and computer applications teacher in Southern California. He teaches courses for prospective mathematics and science teachers, including courses that focus on assessment design and practice and the development of student centered instruction.