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mark windschitlMark Windschitl is a professor of Science Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington. His research interests deal with the early career development of science teachers—in particular their trajectories toward ambitious and equitable pedagogy.
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jessica thompsonJessica Thompson, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the UW College of Education. She is the Co-Principal Investigator on the NSF Tool Systems grant and the Principal Investigator on the Knowles Science Teaching Mentoring grant. Her research focuses building networks to support novice and experienced science teachers work collaboratively on ambitious equitable practices.
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melissa braatenMelissa Braaten, Ph.D., 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.
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hosun kangHosun Kang, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. Dr. Kang is interested in designing professional learning experiences for secondary science pre-service and in-service teachers so that teachers’ classroom practices improve in ways that are productive for student learning.
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favid stroupeDavid Stroupe, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of science education in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. David got his PhD at the University of Washington and continues to collaborate with the team as he extends the work of developing and testing tools, courses, and professional development opportunities in Michigan.
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Sara Hagenah Sara Hagenah is a Research Assistant on the Ambitious and Equitable Science Teaching Practices Team, a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education at the University of Washington, and a faculty member at Antioch University Seattle.
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kat laxtonKat Laxton is a science coach and teaching assistant for the University of Washington’s Secondary Teacher Education Program.  As a teaching assistant and coach, she works primarily in helping support and develop the ambitious and equitable teaching skills of the UW’s teacher candidates. 
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karin lohwasserKarin Lohwasser, Ph.D., is a research associate for the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant Building Capacity for Ambitious Science Teaching & Next Generation Science Standards Through Networked Improvement Communities. She is also involved in creating a video library for science teachers’ continuing education.
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melissa braatenChristine Chew is an advanced doctoral student studying Science Education and reform implementation. She currently serves as a research assistant for the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant Building Capacity for Ambitious Science Teaching & Next Generation Science Standards Through Networked Improvement Communities.
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carolyn dawsonCarolyn Dawson is a research assistant to Mark Windschitl and an M.Ed student at the University of Washington. Her research interests include looking at how ambitious and equitable science practices can be utilized in elementary classrooms and how to help elementary teachers experience success with implementing these practices.
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