The storyline design leadership team consists of learning scientists and teacher leaders. The leadership team guides teams of teachers and teacher educators in developing coherent 3-dimensional storylines for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
Professor Reiser's research investigates how to bring the science practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling into K-12 classrooms. Reiser was a member of the committee authoring the Framework for K-12 Science that guided the design of NGSS and is working with states around the country to help design and implement NGSS-based professional development for science teachers.
Michael Novak is a 2014 Golden Apple Fellow and National Board Certified teacher and a middle school science and social science teacher at Park View School. He has authored instructional units and computational models for the Center for Connected Learning at NU and has worked with partnerships in multiple states to develop NGSS-designed storyline based curriculum materials. Novak is also a facilitator and member of the design team for the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX), a web-based professional development system designed to help educators grow in their understanding of three-dimensional learning.
Tara A. W. McGill is a Curriculum Development Specialist at Northwestern University. Prior to her current position, she taught ninth-grade biology in Chicago Public Schools and developed curriculum materials with Ag in Progress Partnership, NFP. She researched honey bee biology and behavior in the Entomology Department at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (UIUC). While at UIUC, she also performed informal science outreach and collaborated on several science education projects. McGill is also a facilitator and member of the design team for the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX), a web-based professional development system designed to help educators grow in their understanding of three-dimensional learning.
Dan Voss teaches science at Boone High School, in Boone IA. He is a 2016 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow. He holds a materials engineering degree from Iowa State University, where he was selected as the College of Engineering's student marshal. Since earning his B.S., he served as president for the Engineers Without Borders-USA Midwest Steering Committee, earned a Master's of Science in Education degree at Northwestern University, and worked as a Curriculum Development Assistant for the Storylines Team. Dan is looking forward to teaching physical science and chemistry at Boone (Iowa) High School in the 2016-2017 school year.