Transforming science education through research-driven innovation

Steph Moran

Elaine Klein is a Science Educator at BSCS Science Learning, where she designs and researches opportunities for equitable, justice-focused science learning that brings together youth, teachers, and scientists. Since joining BSCS in August 2022, she has co-designed structures and processes to support teams in writing K-12 Climate Justice curriculum through the California Climate Change and Environmental Justice Program. She has also co-led a team to develop instructional materials for OpenSciEd Elementary, and conducted research on youth and teacher learning on the Making Computing Visible and Tangible project.

Klein has over 15 years of experience working in science learning environments, ranging from environmental education and after-school contexts to undergraduate Biology classrooms. Most recently, Elaine led the STEM team at Educurious in designing project-based learning curriculum and leading teacher professional learning. She holds a PhD in Learning Sciences & Human Development from the University of Washington and a MS in Evolutionary Biology from San Diego State University.

Kevin Cherbow is a Science Educator at BSCS Science Learning. Kevin supports the qualitative analyses on the STeLLA CO2 project. Kevin also supports a variety of projects at BSCS related to the development and enactment of NGSS-aligned instructional materials, assessments, and professional development programs.

Janet Ash joined BSCS as the Director of Finance and Operations in July 2022. In her role, Janet is responsible for the budget, accounting, and finance of BSCS as well as data management and process planning. Prior to joining BSCS, Janet served as Director of Finance and Administration for other local nonprofits. She is a former owner/manager of several businesses. Janet earned her MBA from Regis University and BS in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Business from the University of Denver. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP) as certified by the Project Management Institute.

When not working on her dissertation, Janet enjoys reading for pleasure, watching football – Go Broncos!, and enjoying beautiful Colorado.

Nancy Hopkins-Evans joined BSCS Science Learning as the Associate Director for Program Impact in June of 2022. As a former college chemistry professor, she understands and cares deeply about students having exceptional learning experiences in science. These experiences that leverage students’ communities and cultures support their understanding of science concepts using phenomena and problems to 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 assessments aligned to a variety of state standards including, the common core state standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards. She presents at conferences and leads professional learning for teachers, principals, directors, and superintendents focused on experiences and activities that support effective teaching and learning for ALL students particularly those from under-served and underestimated communities. She recently served on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee to develop the consensus study report entitled, Call to Action for Science Education, Building Opportunity for the Future. She holds degrees in chemistry from Chestnut Hill College and Villanova University and earned a PhD in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan.