Sacramento Area Science Project

Chris Griesemer

Dr. Chris Griesemer serves as coordinator for the Sacramento Area Science Project, part of a statewide network that provides professional development in science for K–12 teachers. He received his PhD in ecology from UC Davis, where he used genetic tools to characterize migratory connections between populations of shore crabs on the northern California coast. Since 2014, he has worked in the UC Davis School of Education with Dr. Cindy Passmore to conduct research evaluating the role of Next Generation Science Standards-aligned curricular materials and professional development in teacher learning. Much of the work focuses on improved sense-making and modeling practices in science classrooms, both in California and across the nation. Dr. Griesemer is also an author on the Model-Based Educational Resources curricular resources, a series of model-based instructional materials and supports for high school biology teachers.

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