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Maria Alicia Lopez Freeman,



  • Higher Ed: Administrator, Higher Ed: Other, Teacher: Science, Teacher: High School 


Maria Alicia Lopez-Freeman is the Executive Director of the California Science Project, a University of California professional development network of science faculty, professional developers and teachers of science K-16. In addition, she is the Associate Director for Professional Development of the UC Science and Mathematics Initiative, a system-wide program to increase the production of science and mathematics teachers. For many years she taught chemistry and physics in large urban inner city high schools where she served as department chairperson and developed science programs. For the past 15 years she has been working in science professional development, conducting research in science education and educational change. She has published articles in both chemistry and science education. Currently her interests are focused on school university partnerships, models of professional development for teachers of science and teacher, professional learning communities, teacher retention and student discourse in multilingual science classrooms with a focus on English Language Learners.

Ms. Lopez Freeman is frequently involved at a state and national level on issues related to science education. She was recently appointed to the National Science Board's Commission on 21st Century Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Commission and the National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources Advisory Committee. She serves on review panels for the California Department of Education, the California Post Secondary Education Commission, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Science Foundation. She is an active member of NSTA, is chair of the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee and helped to organize the 2006 National Convention in Anaheim.