Advisory Council

photo1The CRS Advisory Council is a forum to explore the issues and needs around science education and how Bay Area formal and informal organizations can work together to bring about positive transformation of science education.  The Council works towards improving local science education by sharing perspectives and creating recommendations for action and policy.

 

It’s not hard to get kids excited about science – our challenge is getting teachers excited, and supported, about teaching science."
--Jennifer Sethasang, 4th-Grade Teacher and Lead Science Teacher, Oakland Unified School District

Members are able to generate perspectives about issues affecting local science education; coordinate with key educational organizations and individuals; share current information about activities; and generate recommendations and action ideas.

Community Resources for Science organizes the biannual meetings, once in the Spring and once in the Fall.  We strive to bring together representatives from K-8 Education: teachers, administration, principals; Informal Education and Professional Development Organizations: Lawrence Hall of Science, Chabot Space & Science Center, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, etc.; University of California: faculty, administration; Scientist volunteers: Cal graduate students, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Bayer Corporation; and Funders: selected key funders in local science education.

Current Advisory Council Members

Betsy Mitchell, Advisory Council Chair
GK-12 Coordinator, Berkeley Natural History Museums
University of California, Berkeley
 
Rose Abramoff
Postdoctoral Fellow
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 
Sylvia Algire
School Field Trip Manager
Exploratorium
 
Steven Beckendorf
Professor Emeritus, Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
 
Susan Bellone 
Science Educator, Retired Elementary Teacher
 
Nancy Blachman
Founder, MathDelights.org and the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
 
Ira Bletz
Senior Naturalist, Ardenwood Historic Farm
East Bay Regional Park District
 
Riva Bruenn
Graduate Student, Plant & Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley
 
Beth Burnside
Vice Chancellor of Research, Emeritus & Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Emeritus
University of California, Berkeley
 
Jose Castillo
Quality Control Analyst
Bayer Corporation
 
Caleb Cheung
Science Program Manager
Oakland Unified School District
 
Elizabeth Donald
Senior Scientist, Research and Development
The Clorox Company
 
Sarah Dozier
Science Coordinator
Alameda County Office of Education
 
Nikita Gibbs
3rd Grade Classroom Teacher
Markham Elementary School, Oakland USD
 
Roma Groves
Principal 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, Oakland USD
 
Eric Havel
Senior Education Manager
Chabot Space and Science Center
 
Matt Hinckley
Science Teacher
Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley USD
 
Sherry Johnson
Science Educator, Retired Elementary Teacher
Community Resources for Science
 
Jack Kirsch
Professor of the Graduate School of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of California, Berkeley
 
Annie Kohut-Frankel
Educator, Public Education Program
California Coastal Commission
 
 
Benjamin Lavender
Senior Manager, Teacher Professional Development
California Academy of Sciences
 
William A. Lester, Jr.
Professor of the Graduate School, College of Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley
 
Katherine Nielsen
Co-Director, Science and Health Education Partnership
UC San Francisco
 
Nicki Norman
Science Education Consultant
CRS co-founder
 
Chris Parry
Director of Public Programs
California Coastal Commission
 
Alan Poon
Group Leader, Nuclear Science Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 
Erin Rhoades
Executive Director
Berkeley Public Education Foundation
 
Anne Richardson
Exploratorium
 
Jan Robertson
K-12 Science Coach
Mount Diablo Unified School District
 
Bruce Simon
Associate Director, Gateways East Bay STEM Network
Cal State University, East Bay
 
Rebecca Smith
Co-Director, Science and Health Education Partnership
University of California, San Francisco
 
Sarah Soule
Manager of Teacher Education
California Academy of Sciences
 
Joanna Totino           
FOSS Professional Development, Co-Director; Bay Area Science Project, Co-Director
Lawrence Hall of Science, UCB
 
Claudio Vargas
Manager, Elementary Science
OUSD SMART Center
 
Lisa White
Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs
UC Museum of Paleontology
 
Liaisons to Advisory Council
 
Robert Bergman
Professor of Chemistry
College of Chemistry, UC Berkeley
 
Anne Jennings
Exploratorium
 
Diana Vélez
K-5 Specialist
Lawrence Hall of Science
 
Phoebe White
Independent Consultant