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My work with teachers aspires to support their development of students’ evidence-based understandings of science phenomena.

I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, where I work with in-service teachers to start with students’ ┬áprior knowledge and ideas in order to build students’ understanding of science phenomena through engaging in evidence-based explanations. I also work with a team of researchers to develop curriculum materials that support learning environments focused on using the crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices to support students knowledge building of science and engineering disciplinary core ideas.

Through this work I examine the teaching and learning that supports student development of deep knowledge about science phenomena. It is also my hope that teachers and students will develop an environmental ethic through learning about science phenomena and how humans are impacting environmental processes.