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. As director of science and a former college chemistry professor, she understands and cares deeply about students having exceptional learning experiences in science that leverage their communities and cultures while building conceptual understanding as they figure out science ideas instead of learning about science through memorization of facts and theories. She has worked in large and small school systems developing and implementing curriculum, professional learning and assessment aligned to state standards, the common core state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. She presents at conferences and leads professional learning experiences for teachers, principals, directors and superintendents focused on ensuring all students have access to high quality standards and curriculum that supports effective teaching and learning. Her work in science education has been supported by grants from the Carnegie and Gates foundations to develop, test and refine a tool for observing and improving science instructional practice. She holds degrees in chemistry from Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University and earned a Ph.D. in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan.