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Assistant Professor, Science Education, California State University - Long Beach
Sara’s scholarship focuses on how teachers understand and respond to students’ ideas about science in ways that work toward justice and equity. She examines how teachers of science can re-center assessment around students’ knowledge and experiences in ways that value student contributions and provide useful information about how students understand both science and their own learning. Her curiosity about this area of research is informed by my prior experiences as a high school science teacher in California public schools, an administrator at the county level, and a research biologist. This work is only possible by learning with and working alongside K-12 students and teachers to collectively make sense of the complex process of science learning. Sara holds a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, from UC Santa Cruz, an M.S. in Biological Science from UC San Diego, and a PhD in Science Education from Stanford University.