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Job Announcement: NRC Seeks Director, Board on Science Education

The Center for Education, in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) of the National Research Council (NRC), seeks a director for its Board on Science Education (BOSE). The board, established in 2004, is uniquely positioned to provide national leadership in science education and to promote an objective, evidence-based approach to both understanding the state of science education and proposing solutions to improve it for all age groups. No other organization unites this leadership mission with the breadth and depth of expertise represented by the National Academies. The board's membership includes eminent scientists and national experts in teaching and teacher education, state and national educational policy, pedagogy and assessment, research in the learning sciences, equity and access issues, and technology.

The director, in close collaboration with the chair and members of the board, provides intellectual leadership for developing strategies for achieving the board's mission. This includes identifying current and emerging issues in science education nationally and at the state level where research evidence can clarify both the problems and potential solutions. Currently, the board's work has focused on the intersection of science, education, and research on learning with particular attention to how insights from the cognitive and learning sciences can inform efforts to improve science education in both formal and informal settings. This work has resulted in two widely read reports, Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 and Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. The new director would be expected to continue to grow the board's portfolio and has the opportunity to conceptualize and cultivate projects in new areas. The board is particularly concerned with broadening dissemination of its work and improving the interplay between research, policy, and practice.