District and represented the Orange County Department of Education. Previously she was a K-6 science resource specialist and middle school teacher for Irvine Unified School District for 22 years. She also developed its curriculum and coordinated its after-school science program and helped to coordinate the Astounding Inventor’s Competition. She was twice selected as Irvine’s Teacher of the Year and was a semifinalist for the California State Science Teacher of the Year. Statewide, Allen worked on two projects of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee: the Strategic Science Teaching Workbook and a statewide science staff development program, “It’s All About the Electron.” She was the consulting author for the Scott Foresman, Science Series, K-6, Discover the Wonder and has coauthored five AIMS Education Foundation books.


Dennis Bartels is executive director of the Exploratorium—San Francisco’s museum of science, art, and human perception. He studies curriculum reform, teacher professional development, technology in education, learning theory, and organizational change. Previously he was president of TERC, an education research and development center based in Cambridge, MA. Prior to 2001, Bartels directed the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Exploratorium. He was project director of the South Carolina Statewide Systemic Initiative and directed the development of the state curriculum frameworks there. He has served on several committees, advisory boards, and review panels for the National Science Foundation and other education organizations, including the Merck Institute for Science Education and the Cisco Learning Institute. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Educational Research Association. He has a Ph.D. in education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Anne Marie Bergen is the coordinator of and teacher in the Oakdale Joint Unified District Science Program. Over the past 8 years she has created many programs—Passport to Science, From the River to the Tap, Salmon project—to link students and teachers to the world around them. With an emphasis on hands-on science experiences, she provides demonstration labs and professional development to over 2,500 students and 100 teachers. She coordinates with area scientists to bring their expertise to elementary through high school students. Her honors include Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year 2002, California Teacher of the Year 2003, and the AMGEN Award for Science Teaching Excellence. Most recently she was honored as the 2008 Cal Poly Alumni of the Year for the College of Science and Mathematics. She is chair of the California Teacher Advisory



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