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.
Michael Novak is a 2014 Golden Apple Fellow and National Board Certified teacher. 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.
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.
Trey Smith taught middle and high school science in Philadelphia public schools for 7 years. Before moving to Evanston, Trey served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and was the 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. As a PhD student in the Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, he is interested in supporting teachers as they design and test expanded visions for learning in their science classrooms.
Jill Carter is a Science and Environmental Education Consultant. Prior to this, Jill taught advanced biology, geology, and AP Environmental Science at Pekin Community High School for 30 years. In addition, she served as the Science Department Chairperson for 19 of those years. She has taught graduate classes at Northern Illinois University. Graduating from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, Jill double majored in biology and earth science. She earned her Master’s from NIU and her doctorate in Science, Social Studies, and Environmental Education Integration from NIU. Jill has conducted numerous science and environmental education workshops for K-12 teachers as well as many presentations at NSTA and ISTA conferences. She is a past president of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. Jill was an Illinois PAEMST finalist and was named as the ISTA/ExxonMobil Exemplary Science Teacher in 2003 and the Illinois Environmental Educator of the Year in 2004. She wrote and assembled various Illinois state level high school science tests for many years. She served on the Illinois State Board of Education’s NGSS Curriculum Model Writing Team. Jill has a passion for educating students and collaborating with other professionals.
Katy Fattaleh is a K-8 Instructional Technology Coach at South Park School in Deerfield, IL. As a former classroom teacher, she shares her passion for educational technology across the content areas to elevate teaching and learning in grades K-8.
Amy Telford is a science educator at Salem Community High School in Salem, IL. She worked on the NGSS curriculum writing team for state of IL (2014-15) and was an Area Teacher Leader for IL Science Area Partnership Grants (2015-2017). She was a beta pilot team member of Middle School Sound Unit and a member of pilot team for Science Lesson Study through Illinois Math and Science grant (2017). She is the current ISTA Region 6 Director.
Bob Wolffe is a Professor of Education at Bradley University. Prior to moving into higher education, he taught grades 2-5 outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. As an elementary education generalist, he has been involved in curriculum development, consulting and undergraduate and graduate teaching across multiple disciplines. Most recently, he has been a part of several Math Science Partnership grants and a member of writing teams working on NGSS-based units of instruction.
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.