The storylines 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.
Kelsey Edwards is the Research Project Coordinator of the Reiser Lab at Northwestern University. She is a part of the research team working on teacher professional development surrounding three-dimensional learning in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Kelsey is also part of the development team to create K-12 curriculum designed to meet the learning goals of NGSS. As part of that project, she studies student learning as they engage in these curricular units. Before this, Kelsey focused on understanding student learning in middle school classrooms as students engaged in practice-based science 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.
Christina Murzynski is the Research Study Coordinator in Reiser Lab at Northwestern University. She works with the research group analyzing teacher practices and the promotion of three-dimensional learning while bringing NGSS-aligned curriculum to their classrooms. Christina is also part of the design team for PLC NextGenScience Storylines, a web-based system, used by educators and facilitators to help develop and implement strategies for supporting three-dimensional learning on a unit-by-unit basis within professional development settings. Before this, Christina contributed to the creation of K-12 socio-emotional development curriculum as an undergraduate at Penn State Behrend.
Jamie Noll is a National Board Certified teacher. She is currently working on several development teams in the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium to develop storyline-based middle school NGSS units. Prior to her current position, she taught ninth-grade biology in Washington and middle school science in Illinois. Jamie was a Noyce Scholar and received her Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington.
Michael Novak develops NGSS-designed curriculum materials and professional development for the Next Generation Science Storylines project at Northwestern University. He is currently working on several development teams in the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium to develop storyline-based middle school NGSS units and professional development. He has also authored instructional units and computational models for the Center for Connected Learning. Novak is a 2014 Golden Apple Fellow and National Board-Certified teacher.
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.
Aliza Zivic is a PhD candidate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. She holds a degree in Chemistry from Barnard College. After graduating from Barnard, she worked for an organization in Washington, D.C. that supported the White House and other federal agencies on science policy. Aliza's current work at Northwestern revolves around co-constructing Chemistry storylines with teachers and looking at student learning and identity formation in the NGSS-aligned science classroom.
Dan Voss teaches science at Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa) High School. He is a 2016 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellow and was selected as the Fall 2016 College of Engineering student marshal at Iowa State University. Dan holds a Master's of Science in Education degree from Northwestern University, where he worked as a Curriculum Development Assistant for the Storylines Team.