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Clarissa Deverel-Rico

Jeffrey Rozelle

CEO and President, Knowles Teacher Initiative Jeffrey Rozelle, Ph.D., joined Knowles as a Senior Program Officer for Teacher Development in 2013. In this role, he had primary responsibility for supporting Teaching Fellows in their third and fourth years of the organization’s signature program, the Knowles Teaching Fellows Program. One year later, he was promoted to […]

Stephen Pruitt

President, Southern Regional Education Board Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D, currently serves as the President of the Southern Regional Education Board. He started his education career as a high school chemistry teacher in Fayette County, Georgia. During his career, Pruitt has amassed education policy, assessment and instructional background at the local, state and national levels. Before coming […]

José Felipe Martínez Fernández

Associate Professor, Social Research Methodology Division Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles José Felipe Martínez Fernández, Ph.D., currently serves as an Associate Professor, Social Research Methodology Division of Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Martínez Fernández joined the BSCS Board […]

STeLLA: Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis

BSCS Science Learning has developed a nationally-recognized program for teacher learning called STeLLA ® , Science Teachers Learning from Lesson…

Towards a More Humane Genetics Education

Racism is a serious problem in the United States. Research has shown that the biology curriculum can affect how students think about race.

Educator Resources (Archived)

This is a collection of archived educational resources. BSCS has determined that we can no longer recommend the use of these resources because they are out of date or we are no longer able to provide support for them. We are continuing to make these resources available so that members of the educational community can […]

Bonfire Store

At BSCS, we have found a new use for the beautiful, original art that we’ve created for our science textbooks and materials since 1958. Celebrate art and science with a water bottle, shirt, or bag and support our efforts to transform science education at the same time. The BSCS Bonfire Store has an extensive collection of merchandise […]

BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life

Our new program, BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life, is designed to prepare high students for life in our complex, interconnected world.

Dr. Brian Donovan Discusses How Genetics Is Taught in Schools Today on BBC Series

Bad Blood is a BBC series that traces the development of the eugenics movement from the United Kingdom to the United States, to Nazi Germany.

A Special Update from Molly Stuhlsatz, BSCS Associate Director for People & Culture

This October, our entire staff came together, in person, for the first time in 992 days.

Celebrating Cindy Gay, Recipient of the Boettcher Foundation’s 2022 Alumni Recognition Award

Cindy Gay is a 2022 recipient of the Boettcher Foundation’s Alumni Recognition Award.

Eric Carroll


These value statements were developed by BSCS’s Working Group on People and Culture over a 6-month period in close consultation with the entire staff and the board of directors. They serve as the basis for internal planning and processes, including the goal-setting and review process for all staff. COMMUNITYWe take care of ourselves and each […]

Support Today’s Science Educators and Learners

It’s been an eventful year at BSCS Science Learning. This spring, we released two major instructional materials programs for middle and high school students nationwide, including our new flagship biology program, BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life.

Supporter Spotlights

As an independent nonprofit, BSCS Science Learning relies on grants and donations to tackle the toughest challenges in science education. We are grateful for our many supporters, who are direct contributors to the more-inclusive, meaningful, and effective science education that we’re actively pursuing. What is it that keeps our supporters so loyal to BSCS? There […]

OpenSciEd Announces Development of Elementary Science Program

This fall, OpenSciEd will launch the development of an elementary science program.

Patricia Olson

PlantingScience Digging Deeper {F2}

We are looking for high school science teachers to take part in a new research study. The goal of the study is to investigate how in-depth teacher professional learning in combination with a high-quality curriculum module and online mentoring by plant scientists can improve student outcomes and understanding of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

Elaine Klein

Exclusive Anchored Inquiry Learning Webinar

You are invited to an inside look at BSCS Science Learning’s latest innovation in instructional materials design!

Kevin Cherbow

Meet Dr. Nancy Hopkins-Evans, BSCS Associate Director for Program Impact

Nancy shares how science education has impacted her experiences and identity.

Laura Zeller


Janet Ash

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 non-profits. She is a former […]

BSCS Statement on Gun Violence

BSCS remains committed to students, teachers, and their communities, and to the ongoing work of building science education for a more just and sustainable world.

Tyler Morris-Rains

Jamie Deutch Noll

Nancy Hopkins-Evans

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 […]

Engineering in the Garden

Engineering in the Garden is a free resource designed to help students address real world issues that arise in school gardens through engineering.

Making Evidence-Driven Decisions in a Media-Driven World

Making Evidence-Driven Decisions in a Media-Driven World is a set of curriculum modules—one for middle school and one for high school students—that help students develop the critical thinking skills to help them make sense of information from these different media sources.

Erin Marie Furtak

Professor of STEM Education, University of Colorado at Boulder Erin Marie Furtak, Ph.D., is Professor of STEM Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A former high school science teacher, Erin transitioned into a career studying how science teachers learn and improve their daily classroom practices through formative assessment. In a series of multiple […]

Dr. Ellen Ebert

Director of Secondary Education Content and Science in the Secondary Education and Pathway Preparation Division at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia, Washington Dr. Ellen Ebert is the Director of Secondary Education Content and Science in the Secondary Education and Pathway Preparation Division at the Office of the Superintendent of Public […]

Alyssa Markle

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Anchored Inquiry Learning: The Next Innovation in BSCS’s Instructional Design

At BSCS, we have the opportunity to work closely with K-12 science teachers all over the country. Each year, we meet teachers who want to tap into students’  interests and ideas about the world around them. We meet teachers who want to engage students in meaningful ways. And we meet teachers who want to make […]

Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope

Invitations to Inquiry are instructional activities designed to help middle and high school students work with community and citizen science data. The data are from a range of projects hosted on BSCS’s interactive platform, FieldScope.


FieldScope, an interactive digital platform, is transforming the way educators, community members, and organizations engage in citizen science.

Restoring Ea Middle School Science Unit

Restoring Ea is a place-based, three-dimensional, and phenomenon-focused unit specifically designed for seventh grade teachers and students in central O'ahu.

COVID-19 & Health Equity Units

These high school science, middle school science, and K-5 units are freely available for download.

OpenSciEd Middle Grades Science Units

BSCS Science Learning is the lead developer on the OpenSciEd Middle Grades Science Program for Next Generation Science Standards, which currently has three units available for free download.

Forces at a Distance

In this 8th grade unit, students explore the cause of a speaker’s vibration as opposed to the effect.

Matter Cycling & Photosynthesis

In this 7th grade unit, students question where their food comes from and consider which breakfast items might be from plants.

Metabolic Reactions

In this 7th grade unit, students investigate a real case study of M’Kenna, a 13-year-old girl, who reported some alarming medical symptoms to her doctor.

Sound Waves

In this 8th grade unit, students investigate how sounds can cause objects at a distance to move.

Thermal Energy

In this 6th grade unit, students are challenged to create a cup that keeps drinks cold longer.

Weather, Climate & Water Cycling

In this 6th grade unit, students explore weather, climate, and water cycling in four separate lesson sets.

A Medical Mystery

BSCS’s 3D middle school science program, A Medical Mystery, supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit.

Introducing the Next Generation of BSCS Instructional Materials

We are excited to share BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life, our new, full-year high school biology program, and OpenSciEd Middle School, a three-year, open-access middle school science program.


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Innovation Fund

Our Innovation Fund allows us to explore promising new ideas and translate our research into programs for science educators and students.

Access Fund

Our new Access Fund connects our proven programs with schools and districts that are being left behind.

Kate Chambers

Kate Chambers is an award-winning graphic designer who started working at BSCS in 2020 when she was in design school. She designs curriculum graphics and brand identities for multiple projects at BSCS. Kate also works with the marketing team to design marketing materials. She loves that she can use design to help make a positive […]

Endowment Fund

Our Endowment Fund ensures we remain positioned to make a long-term impact on science education.

Ashley Whitaker

Anne Westbrook

Monica Weindling

Renée Touchette

Renée Touchette joined BSCS in 2004. She currently serves as the Human Resources Manager and is responsible for employee relations, benefits administration, and office administration. Before joining BSCS, Renée served as an executive assistant in the executive offices at AccentCare, a fast growing start-up in the healthcare industry. Prior to that she spent 13 years with […]

Marti Torres

Awais Syed

Betty Stennett

Betty Stennett joined BSCS as a curriculum developer in 2004. She has been involved in developing curriculum for multi-year projects as well as small units. Most recently she has developed NGSS designed curriculum for OpenSciEd focusing on the physical sciences. Betty has also developed curriculum for many online, blended, and face-to-face professional learning opportunities for […]

Jeffrey Snowden

Whitney Mills

Diego Rojas-Perilla

Guy Ollison

Dawn Novak

Chris Moraine

Audrey Mohan

Audrey Mohan joined BSCS as a Research Scientist in December 2012. Her expertise is in instructional materials design, evaluating instructional materials, and designing professional development. She also has expertise in crowdsourcing and mapping scientific data using cloud-based GIS. Audrey’s current work focuses on designing instructional materials to support NGSS while also igniting a curiosity in […]

Valerie Maltese

Janna Mahfoud

Janna Mahfoud joined BSCS in May 2020 as a Science Educator working across professional learning and leadership development, with a focus on transforming science teaching and learning for historically marginalized populations. She is also co-chair of the BSCS Equity and Social Justice working group. Prior to BSCS, Janna taught 5th-8th grade science in Hawai’i, California, […]

Stacey Luce

Stacey C. Luce joined BSCS as a Production Specialist in April 2002. Her main responsibilities are proofreading, editing, requesting permission to use art and text in BSCS projects, responding to requests to use BSCS material, finalizing manuscripts for print and publication, tracking art sources and status, tracking project art costs, layout design, and proposal submission, […]

Abe Lo

Abe Lo is a Science Educator at BSCS Science Learning, where he designs NGSS-aligned instructional materials and professional development programs to promote the pedagogical and epistemic shifts involved with implementing NGSS-aligned teaching and learning. Since joining BSCS in January 2018, he has redesigned instructional units using the NextGenStorylines Approach through the OpenSciEd project and co-designed […]

Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee is a Research Scientist and joined the BSCS Science Learning team in 2020. He is interested in how biology students know what they know and why they believe it. He is also interested in how students use this scientific knowledge to reason about race, sex, and gender in society. He is currently engaged […]

Connie Hvidsten

Justin Hutchcraft

Sherry Hsi

Dr. Sherry Hsi is a principal scientist at BSCS Science Learning. For over 20 years, she has brought her R&D leadership to the creative design and study of K-12 learners with an emphasis on equity, technology, and hands-on making in science and engineering. She has developed award winning mobile apps, hands-on exhibits, craft-based STEM kits, […]

Cari F. Herrmann Abell

Cari Herrmann Abell joined BSCS as a research scientist in December 2018. Before joining BSCS, she was a senior research associate at AAAS Project 2061. Her work focuses on the research and development of curriculum and assessment resources aligned to K-12 science learning goals. Cari has served as the principal investigator on two measurement grants […]

Emily Harris

Emily joined BSCS in 2018 and works on research and instructional materials development to support three-dimensional learning, place-based education, and participation in community and citizen science. Through her work in research and practice, she aims to help young people and educators participate in authentic STEM practices and use science and environmental learning experiences to take […]

Charlotte Hardwicke

Candice Guy-Gaytán

Dr. Candice Guy-Gaytán (Lenape) is a citizen of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and descends from the strong women of the wolf clan. She is a research scientist in Instructional Materials Development with an interest in designing culturally relevant and resurgent curriculum. Recently, she has been involved in developing lessons for OpenSciEd and in creating […]

Becca Greer

Becca joined BSCS in 2019 as a Project Coordinator. She received a BA in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound while on a music scholarship for harp. Her professional background spans from directing youth programs for refugees and at-risk youth, to music and arts events production, to retail management in the outdoor industry. […]

Cynthia Gay

April Gardner

Jean Flanagan

Jean Flanagan joined BSCS in August 2019 as a Science Educator and now serves as the Director for Resources for Teaching and Learning. Before joining BSCS, Jean served in a variety of roles within science education nonprofits. She got her start by taking a role as a Research Assistant at AAAS Project 2061 in Washington, […]

Brian Donovan

Brian M. Donovan is a research scientist at BSCS Science Learning. He holds a B.A. in biology from Colorado College, a M.A. in teaching from the University of San Francisco, and a M.S. in biology and Ph.D. in science education from Stanford University. His research explores how genetics education interacts with social-cognitive biases to influence […]

Renée DeVaul

Jenine Cotton-Proby

Andy Brubaker

Andy Brubaker joined the BSCS team in November 2021. As an Associate Science Educator, his primary focus is on curriculum development for the Humane Genetics suite of projects. He works to develop student- and teacher-facing materials that enable students to explore the complexities of population and multifactorial genetics. As a former middle and high school […]

Susan Loucks-Horsley Memorial Fund

The Susan Loucks-Horsley Memorial Fund supports our annual employee recognition program, in honor of former BSCS Associate Director, Susan Loucks-Horsley.

Planned Giving

If you would like to support BSCS even after your lifetime, consider a planned gift. With a planned gift of any size, we invite you to be part of the 1958 Society, named after the year our organization was founded.

Amy Belcastro

Allergies and Scientific Inquiry

Allergies and Scientific Inquiry is an online curriculum supplement developed to help middle school educators more effectively teach about food allergies. Lessons are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

BSCS Middle School Science

BSCS Middle School Science is a standards- and inquiry-based program comprised of four units: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Science and Society.

BSCS Science Learning Seminar Series

BSCS Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to share ideas and present their latest work to our community conversations.

Drug Abuse, Addiction, and the Adolescent Brain

BSCS curriculum unit teaches middle school science students about drug abuse and addiction in relevant contexts.

Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT)

EMAT, an online course, helps teachers frame complex energy concepts in a way that will resonate with high school students and prepare them to participate in important societal conversations.

Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS

Five Tools and Processes is designed to help professional development leaders work with teachers on curriculum, instruction, and assessment to achieve the vision of NGSS.

NextGen TIME

NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators with the evaluation, selection, and implementation of instructional materials designed for next generation science.

Donate Now

At BSCS, we believe science education is the key. We have a 60-year history of research-driven innovation. And right now, we are focused on bringing our programs to districts and schools that are being left behind. Your donation is critical as we strive to innovate and broaden access to outstanding science teaching and learning. Thank […]

Climate Education Pathways

BSCS is excited to announce a national field-test opportunity for high school biology, earth science, and environmental science teachers.

Five Tools Institutes for Leaders

As a teacher, how can you plan for instruction and classroom assessment based on the new science standards and Framework for K-12 Science Education? As a leader, how can you support teachers as they navigate this process?

Professional Development Provider Institutes

Each Professional Development (PD) Provider Institute is a 4-day experience designed to support you as a PD provider by deepening your knowledge, increasing your confidence, and enhancing your abilities.

Five Tools Institutes for Educators

As a teacher, how can you plan for instruction and classroom assessment based on the new science standards and Framework for K-12 Science Education? As a leader, how can you support teachers as they navigate this process?

Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope: Free Professional Learning

BSCS is offering free professional learning (PL) opportunities with our new "Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope" lesson materials, which get students working with real-world data from citizen science projects using FieldScope.

Darwin Day 2022

Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general.


ViSTA is designed to help preservice and inservice elementary teachers enhance their science content knowledge and instructional practices. Users explore the powerful STeLLA approach.

ViSTA Plus

ViSTA Plus is a full-semester online course designed to enhance preservice elementary teachers’ science content knowledge and instructional practices. Users explore the powerful STeLLA approach.


What works best for teachers and students in science education interventions? Statistics can provide some insight—but only if interpreted in context. For instance, the way a study is conducted may impact the outcome, independent of the actual effectiveness of the intervention.

OpenSciEd Developers Consortium

The OpenSciEd initiative was launched to address a critical need in science education: the need for high quality instructional materials that are standards-aligned and practical for broad implementation.

Planting Science: Digging Deeper Together

Plants are all around us. They are essential to our existence. Yet despite their ubiquity, how many science teachers truly understand plant biology and know how to effectively teach it to their students?

Assessing Students’ Progress on the Energy Concept Using Three-Dimensional Items (ASPECt-3D)

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) identifies three equally important dimensions to learning science: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas.

Data Nuggets

Data Nuggets, a four-year research project between Michigan State University and BSCS, is studying the effects of bringing real-world data into middle and high school classrooms.

Extending and Investigating the Impact of the High School Model-based Educational Resource (MBER)

Current research suggests that scientific models can help teachers transform their science instruction and enhance student learning.

Developing Skills in Health Literacy

BSCS Science Learning’s Developing Skills in Health Literacy project aims to help middle and high school students develop critical-thinking skills in topics about health that enable them to accurately evaluate the information they get from various sources.

Three-Dimensional Teaching and Learning: Rebuilding and Researching an Online Middle School Science Curriculum to Support the NGSS

Since 2015, 3D Middle School Science has been developing and testing digital curriculum materials and associated curriculum-based professional learning.

PCK*lex and ArguLex

Constructed-response assessments, in which students use their own language to demonstrate knowledge, are widely viewed as providing greater insight into student thinking than multiple-choice assessments.

Bill Warren

Chief Philanthropy Officer, Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism Bill Warren currently serves as the Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Venetoulis Institute for Local Journalism. He was previously the Associate Vice President for Institutional Partnerships within the Division of University Advancement at The Catholic University of America. In that role, Bill oversaw the University’s efforts to […]

Dennis Schatz

Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs, Pacific Science Center Dennis Schatz is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Programs at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Washington, where he has played a leadership role for 36 years. During his tenure, he served as co-director of the Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) […]

Nathan Root

Head of Product Management, Zurich North America Nate Root started his career as a property and casualty actuary in Chicago and achieved his designation of Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. After spending over 20 years in the commercial insurance industry with a leading commercial carrier leading actuarial, information, and large-scale technology transformation efforts, he […]

H. Craig Heller

Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University H. Craig Heller, Ph.D., is a Lorry Lokey/Business Wire Professor of Biological Sciences and Human Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Heller’s research focus for over 40 years has been in the areas of physiology and neurobiology of temperature regulation, hibernation, sleep, circadian rhythms, and most recently learning and memory. […]

Louis M. Gomez

Professor of Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA Louis M. Gomez, Ph.D., Professor of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. His primary involvements at UCLA are Learning Sciences, The Principal Leadership Institute, and the Urban Schooling Division. He also serves as senior […]

Alexandra Fuentes

STEAM Integration Program Manager, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia Alexandra Fuentes, M.Ed., is the STEAM Integration Program Manager in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She began her career teaching in Washington, DC and Alexandria, Virginia. She taught high school Biology for seven years, as well as Earth Science and ELL Biology for recently arrived immigrant […]

Rodolfo Dirzo

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University Rodolfo Dirzo, Ph.D., is a Bing Professor in Environmental Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Dr. Dirzo’s scientific work examines the study of species interactions in tropical ecosystems from Latin America and Africa. Recent research highlights the decline of animal […]

Philip Bell

Professor, Learning Sciences & Human Development, University of Washington Philip Bell is a professor of the Learning Sciences & Human Development and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science & Math Education focused on equity-focused innovation in K-12 STEM education, and he is […]

Stephen Traphagen

High School Biology & AP Biology Teacher, Oak Park and River Forest High School Stephen Traphagen, M.S., M.Ed., is a biology and AP biology teacher at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and a Senior Fellow with the Knowles Teacher initiative. His professional interests include scientific argumentation, fostering authentic scientific […]

Susan Gomez Zwiep

Dr. Susan Gomez Zwiep joined BSCS in 2020 as a Senior Science Educator. She began her career in science education as a middle school science teacher in Los Angeles, where she spent over 12 years working with English learners in urban schools. From 2005-2020, Susan served as faculty in the Science Education Department at California […]

Chris Wilson

Christopher Wilson, PhD is Senior Research Scientist and Director, Research and Innovation at BSCS Science Learning. He joined BSCS in 2007 from the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science in the College of Education at Michigan State University, where he received his PhD in science education. He also has a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology […]

Molly Stuhlsatz

Molly Stuhlsatz is a Senior Research Scientist, Associate Director for People and Culture, and Chair, Advocates Council at BSCS Science Learning. She has dedicated over 15 years to leading research and evaluation projects at the organization. As the co-chair of the Equity and Social Justice working group, she is also deeply invested in BSCS’s work […]

Aleigh Raffelson

Aleigh Raffelson joined BSCS as a Marketing and Development Assistant in October 2001 and currently serves as Executive Office Manager and Assistant to the Executive Director. With an extensive background in strategic marketing and database design and management, her experience includes a wide variety of industries including semiconductor, banking, wholesale food, and information solutions. Aleigh […]

Lauren Novo

Lauren Novo joined BSCS as the Director of Communications and Advancement in August 2017. With nearly a decade of communications agency experience, she has represented brands ranging from global tourism destinations and Fortune 500 companies to national sports brands and nonprofit organizations. Her career in communications has consistently intersected with science and research. While serving […]

Lindsey Mohan

Dr. Lindsey Mohan joined BSCS as a Research Scientist in May 2017. Her expertise is in instructional materials design and earth and environmental science learning. Prior to joining BSCS, Lindsey served as a faculty member for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame. In this role, Lindsey taught courses on science […]


2021 was a year of transition at BSCS, as it was everywhere. And yet, we celebrated plenty of success stories that reflect BSCS’s impact. BSCS Science Learning 2021 Financial Statements and Uniform Guidance Compliance Audit BSCS Science Learning 2020 Financial Statements and Uniform Guidance Compliance Audit BSCS Science Learning 2019 133 Audit Report BSCS Science […]

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Join the BSCS team If you’re a science educator or science education researcher interested in working with us, please contact BSCS Careers. BSCS offers a flexible and inclusive work environment, with a strong commitment to the professional growth of all staff. Our office is in Colorado Springs, the #2 city in US News & World […]

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BSCS Science Learning is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming science education through research-driven innovation. We create instructional materials, provide professional learning programs for teachers, spearhead leadership development programs for schools and districts, and conduct research on how to improve science teaching and learning. What we do falls within three BSCS divisions: Instructional Materials, Professional […]

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Our Pursuit Towards a More Humane Genetics Education

BSCS Senior Research Scientist Dr. Brian Donovan is exploring the role science education can play in reversing racist and sexist thinking.

NextGen TIME Leadership Institutes

NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators to evaluate, select, and implement instructional materials designed for next generation science.

Strategic Initiatives

Following a strategic planning process in 2016, BSCS Science Learning is pursuing three long-term, strategic initiatives. 21st Century High School Biology. We are launching an effort to reconceive high school biology to meet the needs of our students and society throughout the 21st century. As we convene scientists, educators, curriculum writers, community members, and advisors, […]

BSCS Science Learning Videoverse

BSCS now offers free science classroom video resources for teacher learning.

Karen Askinas

Bruce Alberts

Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California, San Francisco Bruce Alberts, Ph.D., holds the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy […]

Richard A. Cardullo

Associate Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education; Howard H Hays Chair, University Honors; Undergraduate Education Professor, Department of Biology, University of California, Riverside Richard A. Cardullo, Ph.D., is currently the Associate Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, the Howard H Hays Chair of University Honors, and a Professor of Biology at the University of California, Riverside. As a […]

Jody Bintz

Jody Bintz, MA, serves as Senior Science Educator, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships, andDirector, Professional Learning with BSCS Science Learning. She works primarily in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional learning. Ms. Bintz has designed and led a variety of programs to develop organizational leadership capacity and enhance the knowledge and skills of […]

Invitations to Inquiry

Invitations to Inquiry are short instructional activities designed to help middle and high school students work with large data sets. The activities engage students with community and citizen science data from projects hosted on FieldScope. Teachers and students use the interactive FieldScope platform to collect, visualize, and analyze environmental data. With these new Inquiries, students […]

Understanding Ebola

Understanding Ebola Virus Disease, is a free resource designed to educate teachers, students, and community members about Ebola and the factors that influence its spread.

BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy

BSCS Science Tracks: Connecting Science & Literacy allows preK through grade 5 students to interact like scientists, participating in inquiry-based activities while also developing important skills.

The Biology Teacher’s Handbook, Fourth Edition

The Biology Teacher’s Handbook, Fourth Edition, is filled with valuable teaching ideas and guidelines for grades 6-12 and college biology educators.

Educator Resource Center

Welcome to the Educator Resource Center — where you will discover resources to support classroom instruction, professional learning, leadership work, and citizen science efforts. ClassroomInstruction ProfessionalLearning LeadershipWork CitizenScience Looking for something that used to be here? Check our page of archived resources here.

Upcoming Programs

Find upcoming programs in the following areas: Teacher Professional Learning Leadership Development Field-Test Opportunities Teacher Professional Learning Are you a teacher who is looking to enhance your science content knowledge or instructional practices? Would you like a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? Have you heard about our signature STeLLA approach and want to […]

Professional Development to Support a More Humane Genetics Education

We are recruiting middle and high school biology teachers for a genetics education study.

Daniel C. Edelson

Daniel Edelson joined BSCS as Executive Director and President in January 2015. He brings significant experience as a curriculum and educational software developer, educational researcher, and advocate for science and social studies education to this role. Before coming to BSCS, Dr. Edelson was Vice President for Education at the National Geographic Society from 2007-14. During this […]


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Zoë Buck Bracey

Dr. Zoe Buck Bracey is a research scientist and senior science educator who works across curriculum development, professional development and research at BSCS, with a focus on re-framing the endeavor of science education as a tool for equity and social justice. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Astrophysics, and received […]

Jon Adams


Students today are facing some of the most pressing issues of any generation. They’re navigating a global pandemic, environmental crises, and social injustices, along with everyday decisions that will impact their lives, careers, and society. More than ever, students need a deep understanding of science to thrive in our complex world. At BSCS Science Learning, […]


Educator Resource Center Invitations to Inquiry Reports


BSCS Science Learning regularly releases reports with insights pertaining to instructional materials development, teacher professional learning, leadership development, and research. See below for a selection of reports.


R&D Programs

Browse BSCS Science Learning’s robust R&D Programs and current projects below.

Our Story

It was 1957. The Soviets launched the world’s first satellite, called Sputnik. And just like that—the United States was trailing the space race. We attempted to catch up by launching our own satellite two months later. We failed. This was a pivotal moment, representing a major shortcoming in our nation’s scientific progress. And this is […]

60 Years of Stories

For 60 years, BSCS Science Learning has worked diligently to transform science education. We have grown from a single curriculum development project into an independent nonprofit, revered today as an innovative leader in instructional materials development, teacher professional learning, leadership development, and research. How do we know we’ve made an impact? For starters, you’ve told […]


BSCS Science Learning works with a range of businesses, organizations, universities, schools, and districts. See below for a sample of our partners and collaborators over the years.


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Equity & Social Justice

Our Vision for Equity and Social Justice: One day all learners and educators will have equitable access to high quality science education opportunities informed by diverse perspectives that prepare them to understand and redress social and environmental injustices in their personal, professional, and civic lives. BSCS believes that science learning should be inclusive, meaningful, and […]

What We Do

BSCS Science Learning develops research-based science education programs and services. We have a 60-year track record of leveraging research to create practical solutions. Today as an independent nonprofit, we offer classroom-tested instructional materials and immersive professional learning and leadership development experiences that meet the needs of the diverse populations and educational contexts of 21st century […]

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Help Us Ensure All Students from All Backgrounds are Prepared for Life in the 21st Century

At BSCS, we believe science education is the key. We have a 60-year history of research-driven innovation. And right now, we are focused on bringing our programs to districts and schools that are being left behind.

Climate Education Pathways

Help us design a climate education unit that your students will find interesting and connects to your community’s priorities.

BSCS Science Learning and Kendall Hunt Announce New High School Biology Program

Introducing BSCS Biology: Understanding for Life.

Learning from Kilo

The Restoring Ea Middle School Science Unit is a place-based, three-dimensional, and phenomenon-focused unit specifically designed for seventh grade teachers and students in central O'ahu.

Support the Work We Do Every Day

At BSCS, we believe science education is the key to making our world better.

Major Donors

We appreciate our major donors, whose contributions directly impact science educators and learners nationwide.

Making Waves: Teaching Radio to Youth and the Public

Radio frequencies enable us to use our cell phones every day to communicate to people around the world.

Darwin Day 2021

Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general.

20 BSCS Accomplishments in 2020

Celebrate with us!

Help Create a Higher-Quality Science Education

A donation to BSCS is a direct contribution to more-inclusive, meaningful, and effective science education.

“Inside the Classroom” with Holly Hereau

An interview with BSCS Science Educator and PAEMST recipient.

Reporting Findings to Decision-Makers and Project Participants

Dr. Chris Wilson discusses the importance of sharing research results to a broad range of audiences in a recent DRK-12 blog.

BSCS Statement on Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with BLACK LIVES MATTER.

“Inside the Classroom” with Rachel Buckley

BSCS interviews a Massachusetts-based 7th grade science teacher.

BSCS Launches Invitations to Inquiry to Help Students Work with Citizen Science Data

Inquiries are short learning experiences using data from projects hosted on FieldScope.

BSCS Helps Students, Parents, and Teachers Connect with Nature

New resource recommends individual practices and exercises.

BSCS Science Learning Publishes Research Findings, Tools, and Data Sets Related to Student and Teacher Outcomes in Science

Throughout an 8-year line of work, BSCS reviewed hundreds of studies in science education and analyzed how various study characteristics impacted results.

Remembering Jack L. Carter

Jack Carter served as BSCS's Executive Director from 1982-1985.

Education Week Covers How an OpenSciEd Unit Is Used in the Classroom

A 7th grade science teacher has been thinking about how to make her science instruction more equitable.

Celebrating Darwin Day 2020

Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general.

Dr. Brian Donovan Receives NARST 2020 Early Career Research Award

Dr. Donovan’s research has a focus on the cultural, cognitive, and social outcomes of science education.

“Inside the Classroom” with Brittany Hubert

BSCS interviews a KY-based 11th grade biology teacher.

Fossil Discovery Near BSCS Science Learning Headquarters

Interview with the team’s research leaders, vertebrate paleontologist Tyler Lyson, and paleobotanist Ian Miller, both of whom are curators at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Support BSCS

Invest in the future of science teaching and learning with a donation to BSCS today.

Education Week Covers BSCS’s $8M Grant to Advance STeLLA Professional Learning Program

BSCS will scale, refine, test, and sustain STeLLA with U.S. Department of Education grant.

BSCS Science Learning Awarded $8 Million Research Grant by US Department of Education

5-year grant to help address a national need in elementary science.

Education Week Covers Release of OpenSciEd Instructional Materials

BSCS leads development of open source middle grades science program.

BSCS Science Learning Releases 3-D Middle School Life Science Curriculum Program: A Medical Mystery

New program supports educators who are navigating Next Generation Science.

An Interview about Ebola with Dr. Mark Bloom, BSCS Science Educator

BSCS offers free resource to educate public about Ebola.

“Inside the Classroom” with Iwona Jadamiec

BSCS interviews a NJ-based 7th grade life science teacher.

BSCS Science Learning Unveils New Website

BSCS launches a new website that reflects the organization’s 21st century brand identity.

New BSCS Research Shows Genetics Education Could Reduce Racial Biases

BSCS Research Scientist Dr. Brian Donovan has found that learning accurate information about human genetic variation within and between U.S. census races can reduce racial biases in adolescent and adult populations.

Education Week Features BSCS’s Research on Humane Genetics

EdWeek explores BSCS's research on how genetics education affects the development of racial biases among adolescents.

Celebrating Darwin Day 2019

Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the birthday of Charles Darwin on February 12, 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contributions to science and to promote science in general.

Discover Magazine Covers BSCS’s Citizen Science Report

SciStarter reporter features BSCS's "Designing Citizen Science for both Science and Education" report on Discover Magazine's "Citizen Science Salon" blog.

Education Week Features BSCS’s STeLLA Research

EdWeek explores BSCS's line of research on its STeLLA teacher professional learning program.

New BSCS Report Presents Guidelines for Designing Citizen Science Projects that Merge Science and Education

BSCS Science Learning has released a report that presents guidelines for designing citizen science projects with scientific and educational benefits.

$3 Million Federal Grant to Impact Colorado Science Teacher Preparation

A federal grant was awarded to BSCS Science Learning and will fund a five-year STeLLA CO2 project, starting this month in partnership with University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; and University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

BSCS 60th Anniversary Announcement

BSCS celebrates 60th anniversary in 2018 and changes name to BSCS Science Learning.

Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education: A Workshop Report

This report presents guidelines and strategies for designing citizen science projects with scientific and educational benefits.

ABC-TV Louisville Features STeLLA High School Program

Local TV segment covers BSCS’s STeLLA professional learning program with educators in Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky.

Guidelines for Assessing Instructional Materials that Exemplify the NGSS

This report includes four categories of criteria for evaluating student and teacher materials while also providing a blueprint for creating tools and processes to conduct valid assessments.

Math/Science Teacher Leadership Synthesis Project

Three reports have resulted from a synthesis project intended to build consensus on the key attributes of high-quality math/science teacher leadership development programs.

Resources for Environmental and Geography Educators

Do you teach geography, environmental science, or similar classes? Here we have consolidated some recommended free lessons and units that may work for your classroom.

The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Origins and Effectiveness

This report explores the BSCS 5E Instructional Model’s effectiveness and widespread use in curriculum development.