Melissa Braaten is an Assistant Professor in science education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Melissa is continuing to work with the team to develop tools, coursework, and professional learning experiences with pre-service and in-service teachers in the Madison area. Melissa is studying the relationships between teachers' learning, teachers' classroom practice, and student learning. She is working to develop stronger theories for understanding how teachers learn ambitious practices for teaching science and hopes to help build better supports for teachers. Melissa's primary areas of interest include philosophy of science and scientific explanations, classroom discourse, and rigorous science education as an issue of social justice.
Melissa has been teaching science since 1996. Her teaching experiences range from working with 10 and 11-year old students learning chemistry and physics to working with high school students in AP Biology courses and working with students at an alternative high school.