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 (NGSS). 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. This includes the development of curriculum documents that guide the implementation of these standards.
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.
M.Ed., Education, Curriculum and Instruction—Science, The University of Texas at Arlington
B.S., Sociology (minor in Biology), Texas Woman’s University
Formative assessment activities for middle life science. (2016). Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Formative assessment activities for middle school earth science. (2015). Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Formative assessment activities for middle school physical science. (2014). Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Formative assessment activities for high school biology. (2012). Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Essential science concepts for exit-level TAKS. (2007). Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Coauthored/Facilitated Professional Development Sessions
OpenSciEd Metabolic Reactions
OpenSciEd Matter Cycling
Virtual Sessions: Supporting Productive Science Discourse, Using Crosscutting Concepts to Support Coherence, Using the Driving Question Board to Support Coherence, Assessing Student Understanding to Inform Teaching and Learning
Using Anchoring Phenomenon to Engage and Guide Student Thinking
Implementing Three-Dimensional Science Teaching and Learning Institute
Integrating the Scientific and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts into Science Instruction
A Study of the Standards—NGSS
NGSS—Integrating Technology and Engineering K–12
NGSS and a New Science Framework/An Overview, Integrating the Crosscutting Ideas into Instruction, and Reading the Standards to Support Instruction—Integration of 3 Dimensions
Building Intellectual Capacity
Middle School Core Science Units—Chemical and Physical Properties, Genetics, Space Science
Integrated High School Science
National Science Education Leadership Association
National Science Teachers Association
Science Teachers Association of Texas
Texas Science Educational Leadership Association