Erin Peters Burton
Dr. Bybee was Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado that develops curriculum materials, provides professional development for the science education community, and conducts research and evaluation on curriculum reform. Prior to joining BSCS, he was Executive Director of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE), in Washington, D.C. Between 1985 and 1995, he participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and between 1992–1995 he also chaired the content working group of that NRC project.
Over the years, Dr. Bybee has received many accolades as an educator and leader in science education. In 1979 he was Outstanding Science Educator of the Year. In 1989 he was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding alumni in the history of the University of Northern Colorado. In 1998, he was presented with the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award by the NSTA. In 2001, he received the first American Institute of Biological Sciences Education Award. In 2007, he received the Robert H. Carleton Award, NSTA’s highest honor for national leadership in science education.
Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.
Before joining the association in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc. Prior to joining Noblis, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he directed research and education activities and oversaw strategic planning, outreach, fundraising, and hiring for the national museum and several research institutions.
While at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration from 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans served the organization in several different capacities. As the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR), Dr. Evans directed OAR's scientific research and development programs in coastal, ocean, marine, atmospheric, climate and space and geophysical sciences, through research laboratories and a network of university-based programs across the country. In 2001, Dr. Evans led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating related activities of some 12 federal agencies.
Dr. Evans has authored numerous scientific publications, contributed to dozens of scholarly journals, and is a reviewer for Science magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.
Tricia Shelton is a High School Science Teacher and Teacher Leader with a BS in Biology and Masters in Teaching, who has worked for 22 years in Kentucky driven by a passion to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in a 21st century world. Tricia is a 2014 NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award winner for her contributions to and demonstrated excellence in Science Teaching. In the state of Kentucky, Tricia served on the Commissioner’s Teacher’s Advisory Council and Commissioner’s Assessment Work Group. Tricia works with educators as an EQuIP Rubric trainer for Achieve, and has joined the National Science Teachers Association in the role of Standards Implementation Specialist.