Laura Riley

With over 29 years of experience in education, I earned my undergrad degree from Iowa State University in 1982, then earned my graduate degree from National Louis University in 1997. Since 1991, I've been teaching at a public school in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, with an enrollment of approximately 300+ students. In November 2012, I earned National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science and was then named Educator of the Year by the Westmont Chamber of Commerce. In spring 2013, I received a STEM grant from DuPage Regional Office of Education to facilitate a STEM after-school program for underrepresented students. On multiple occasions, I have presented professionally throughout DuPage County and the state of Illinois. My passion for education carried over into summer 2014 when I was an instructor for enrichment courses through Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. I presently (2017-2018) serve as Chair of NSTA's Science Scope Advisory Board.




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Recent Posts by Laura

Thu May 30, 2019 9:27 AM in Integrating Reading and Science
Good morning! I love this topic and discussion about reading in science. I am a former 6th grade general science teacher but an now an Instructional Coach in our district. I am currently working with our 6th grade Science and Reading teachers to develop an inter-disciplinary unit based on the YA book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson . I previously taught this unit called Breakout Biol...

Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:43 AM in States of Matter Lesson
Try this lesson. It's on target and very interactive.   States of Matter from my Betterlesson page. My Betterlesson page is here .   This lesson is also fantastic to teach that water has DENSITY. Here is the lesson  called  What Eggs-actly is going on here

Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:09 AM in Free NGSS Posters from Vernier
Laura Riley, NBCT Instructional Coach Westmont Junior High School 944 Oakwood Ave Westmont, IL 60559 Please send 3 sets for our 3 science teachers. Thank you!!