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Heidi Schweingruber



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Dr. Heidi Schweingruber is the Deputy Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council. As deputy director she helps to coordinates and oversees all of the work of the board. Most recently, she co-directed the NRC study to develop the Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011). Previously, she served as study director for a congressionally mandated review of NASA's pre-college education programs in 2007 and co-directed the study that produced the 2007 report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8. She served as an editor on the NRC report Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths to Excellence and Equity (2009). She co- authored two award-winning books for practitioners that translate findings of NRC reports for a broader audience: Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms (2008) and Surrounded by Science (2010).

Prior to joining the National Research Council, Dr. Schweingruber worked as a senior research associate at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, she was the director of research for the Rice University School Mathematics Project. During that time, she taught in the psychology and education departments at Rice University and worked as an evaluation consultant to two NSF funded education projects in the university. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology, and a certificate in culture and cognition from the University of Michigan.