Jody Bintz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning
Start Date: 2018
Jody Bintz joined BSCS in June 2004 as a Science Educator, and became Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships and Professional Learning in 2018. She works primarily in the areas of leadership development and teacher professional development. Ms. Bintz has designed and led a variety of leadership development programs to build leadership capacity and enhance the knowledge and skills of professional development providers in various sites across the country. She directed the BSCS National Academy for Curriculum Leadership including a six-year partnership with Washington State LASER and involving nearly 30 secondary science leadership teams and 20 state-wide leaders. She is currently the Co-PI on an NSF-funded research study to test the influence of the NACL model on student achievement. She is a member of the design team for the Colorado Champions for STEM Education (CO-STEM) leadership development program.
Ms. Bintz designs and leads district-based professional development to improve their science programs, enhance the pedagogical content knowledge of teachers, and develop local leadership capacity. She is a member of the design team for Videocases for Science Teaching Analysis Plus (ViSTA Plus), an NSF-funded research study to implement and study the efficacy of an analysis-of-practice program for elementary science teacher preparation.
Before joining BSCS, Ms. Bintz served as an instructional services consultant with Loess Hills AEA 13 in southwest Iowa. Her responsibilities included serving on the Iowa Support Team for Schools in Need of Improvement, strategic school improvement and professional development planning, and designing and leading professional development activities with K-12 science teachers focused on curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology integration, and the integration of reading strategies. Ms. Bintz taught high school science and coached in Treynor, Iowa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1983 and her Master's degree in Science Education from University of Northern Iowa in 1994.
Sue Kowalski, Senior Research Scientist
Sue Kowalski's, PhD, primary research interests relate to teaching science for both excellence and equity. Her projects include designing and studying an online professional development course for teachers, created to enhance teachers' content knowledge and practice associated with fundamental energy concepts, and developing a physical science supplement for eleventh-grade students.
She is also a lead researcher on a National Science Foundation-funded project to establish power analysis parameters for science education research proposals.
Kowalski has presented papers at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the American Educational Research Association conferences.
Kowalski received her bachelor's degree in physics from Colorado College and her master's and PhD in curriculum & instruction from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Chris Wilson, Senior Research Scientist
Chris Wilson's, PhD, research interests include the development and application of learning progressions in grades K-16 science education, the development of pedagogical content knowledge in preservice science teachers, and the reform of undergraduate science education.
He has worked on numerous professional development projects, addressing issues from science teachers' content knowledge, problem-based learning, and mentoring preservice interns, and has taught undergraduate ecology, evolution, genetics, and introductory biology courses as well as science methods courses for secondary preservice science teachers.
Before joining BSCS, he was a visiting assistant professor in the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science in the College of Education at Michigan State University.
Wilson holds degrees in zoology from the University of Liverpool in England and from Michigan State University.
Rob Smariga, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2019
Rob Smariga joined BSCS in March 2019 as Director of Operations & Finance. He provides management oversight for the corporate IT, HR, accounting, payroll, contracting, and facilities functions. He also leads BSCS's budgeting, forecasting, and reporting efforts and serves as corporate treasurer.
Rob has nearly 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including fifteen years in COO and CEO roles with education, youth mentoring, and public health mission-oriented organizations with international, national, and statewide scopes of service. He has worked in organizations supported by federal and state government awards, foundation grants, private donations, and fee-for-service activities.
Rob earned a B.A. in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia.
Daniel C. Edelson, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015
As an educator, researcher, and advocate, Daniel Edelson, PhD, has written extensively on geoscience, geography, environmental science education, instructional design, educational technology, and teacher professional development. He is the author of GeoLearning: Thoughts on Geography and Education and Investigations in Environmental Science: A Case-Based Approach to the Study of Environmental Systems and the author or co-author of more than 50 papers in academic journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Before joining BSCS, he served as vice president for education at National Geographic and executive director of the National Geographic Education Foundation. In these roles, he oversaw a $3.5M annual grantmaking program and led National Geographic's educational outreach and reform efforts.
Edelson received his bachelor's degree from Yale University and his PhD from Northwestern University.