Heidi Schweingruber

Professional Title
Director, Board on Science Education
About Me (Bio)
Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In that role, she oversees a portfolio of work that includes K-12 science education, informal science education and higher education. Dr. Schweingruber joined the staff of the board in 2004 starting in the role of a senior program officer. In this role, she directed or co-directed several projects including the study that resulted in the report "A Framework for K-12 Science Education" (2011) which served as the blueprint for the Next Generation Science Standards. She also directed a review of NASA’s pre-college education programs completed in 2008 and co-directed the study that produced the 2007 report "Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8". In addition, she contributed to the reports "Science Teachers’ Learning" (2015), "STEM Integration in K-12 Education" (2014) and "Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood" (2009).

Dr. Schweingruber is a nationally recognized leader in leveraging research findings to catalyze improvements in science and STEM education policy and practice. She presents widely on the work of the board and she co- authored two award-winning books for practitioners that translate findings of National Academies reports for a broader audience: "Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms" (2008), "Surrounded by Science" (2010) and "Seeing Students Learn Science" (2017).

Prior to joining the NRC, Dr. Schweingruber worked as a senior research associate at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education where she administered the preschool curriculum evaluation program and a grant program in mathematics education. Previously, she was the director of research for the Rice University School Mathematics Project an outreach program in K-12 mathematics education, and taught in the psychology and education departments at Rice University. Dr. Schweingruber holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology, and a certificate in culture and cognition from the University of Michigan.
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

This project will conduct a study to identify instructional practices and professional development approaches for teachers and the policies needed to support ELLs' accomplishments in science and math. The study will synthesize research relevant to improving ELLs' STEM learning, offer insight into how to support both English language development and science and math learning, and provide a framework for future research to help identify the most relevant and pressing questions for the field.