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Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 


Recorded: October 28th at 7pm EDT

Description: The Call to Action for Science Education was released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in mid-July, funded by the Carnegie Corporation. This new report highlights the importance of science literacy for everyone, identifies effective science education practices and lays out major challenges for implementing a coherent K-16 science education program. It calls on federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders to make science education a core national priority, and to provide local communities with the resources they need to deliver better, more equitable science education.

In this webinar, members of the committee that developed the report will share their vision of a better, more equitable K-16 science education and describe the critical role that science teachers can have in this extraordinary community effort to transform science education. The session will combine presentation of the key messages in the report with opportunities for discussion and interaction. In collaboration with session participants, we will identify ways that teacher leaders can help to leverage the Call to Action in order to make lasting change.



Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She oversees a portfolio of work that includes K-12 science education, informal science education and higher education.



Nancy Hopkins-Evans is the senior director of State Partnerships at Instruction Partners where she uses her expertise and experience in science and education from kindergarten through graduate school to partner and support state education departments and regional service providers as they work to lead and guide their staff and District colleagues through operational, instructional and policy changes in the midst of a pandemic.


Tiffany Neill is the Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In addition, she is an active advisory board member for Carnegie’s OpenSciEd Project and a member of the CALDER Policymakers Council.

Teacher Respondent:


Susan Meabh Kelly is a high school science teacher and PhD candidate. Throughout much of her twenty year education career, Susan has collaborated with scientists in order to coordinate authentic science research experiences for urban high school students.