Presenter

Wendy Binder

As a Program Director in Professional Learning at the National Science Teachers Association, Wendy focuses on providing diverse programs, services, and tools based on current research and effective practices in K–12 STEM education. Wendy works with teachers, administrators, industry and corporate leaders and foundations to help build the capacity of school district leadership; grow teacher practice in STEM in support of NGSS, collaboratively assess current practices in STEM programs and provide advice on strategic planning, suggested priorities, and implementation strategies and models. Wendy works with the Integrated Programs team to build awareness of programs, resources, NSTA conferences, publications, the NSTA Learning Center, and the NGSS@NSTA hub.

Prior to her current position, Wendy worked for the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) (now called the Smithsonian Education Center). At the NSRC Wendy was the Senior Program Director in the Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Center working closely with science education leaders across the country to develop programs and services to advance K–8 science education reform. During this time Wendy was Program Director for the NSRC's National K–8 Science Education Leadership Institute. Wendy's work in science education reform began as a curriculum developer with the NSRC's Science and Technology for Children Project (STC), a standards and inquiry based national elementary science program.

Wendy began her career in science education as a middle school science teacher in both the United States and Turin, Italy. She also worked as a K–6 science specialist in Atlanta, Georgia. Wendy holds a BS in Biology and an MS in science education from the State University of New York at Albany.

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