Barbara Taylor, M.S., Professional Learning Facilitator, Science, K-12 Services

Barbara Taylor

Phone: 512.471.9490
Email: barbara_taylor@austin.utexas.edu

Dana Center role

Barbara works within local and state educational systems to foster equity and access for all students in science. She exposes teachers and leaders to research-based strategies that nurture students’ intellectual passions and ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary science education and the contemporary workplace. Barbara uses current research on science teaching and learning to design, develop, and facilitate professional development for science teachers and leaders. She collaborates with districts and states to best address their specific concerns at a system level and capitalizes on their unique resources.

Barbara helps teachers understand the changes in instruction that must accompany the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. She conducts professional development sessions that use A Framework for K–12 Science Education as a guide to understanding how to successfully integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas in science instruction.

Before joining the Dana Center

Prior to joining the Center, Barbara was a science educator for 29 years. She has certifications in Biology, Earth Science, and Middle School Science. Her career started in middle school as a science teacher for grades 6–8. After 20 years as a middle school teacher, Barbara joined the faculty at the LBJ Science Academy in the Austin Independent School District where she taught AP Biology, Academy Biology, and Planet Earth. She then joined the faculty at McNeil High School in Round Rock Independent School District where she taught AP Biology, Regular Biology, Environmental Systems, and AP Environmental Science.

During the 29 years that she taught in Texas public schools, Barbara served as a campus mentor teacher, master teacher for the National Teacher Training Institute, grade-level team lead, department chairperson, and collaborative teacher facilitator. She has led professional learning experiences for teachers at the campus, district, state, national, and international levels.

Education

M.S., Education, Curriculum and Instruction—Science, The University of Texas at Arlington

B.S., Sociology (minor in Biology), Texas Woman’s University

Coauthored/Facilitated Professional Development Sessions

Elementary Leadership—College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics (CCRSM)

Elementary Content—CCRSM

Elementary Specialized Content Professionals—CCRSM

Integrating the Scientific and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts into Science Instruction

A Study of the Standards—Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

A Study of the Standards—Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

NGSS—Integrating Technology and Engineering K–12

NGSS and a New Science Framework/An Overview

NGSS and a New Science Framework/Integrating the Crosscutting Ideas into Instruction

NGSS and a New Science Framework/Reading the Standards to Support Instruction—Integration of 3 Dimensions

Middle School Core Science Units—Chemical and Physical Properties, Genetics, Space Science

Integrated High School Science

Professional Memberships

National Science Education Leadership Association

National Science Teachers Association

Science Teachers Association of Texas

Texas Science Educational Leadership Association