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Tricia Shelton Tricia Shelton
Tricia Shelton is a High School Science Teacher and Teacher Leader with a BS in Biology and MA in Teaching, who has worked for 20 years in Kentucky driven by a passion to help students develop critical and creative thinking skills. Tricia is a 2014 NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award winner for her contributions to and demonstrated excellence in Science Teaching. As a Professional Learning Facilitator and NGSS Implementation Team Leader, Tricia has worked with educators across the United States to develop Best Practices in the Science and Engineering classroom through conference presentations, webinars, coordinating and co- moderating #NGSSchat on Twitter, and virtual and face to face PLC work. Tricia's current Professional Learning Facilitation includes work around the Next Generation Science Standards and helping STEM students develop the 21st Century Skills of critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication (including Social media and Video) and Project-Based Learning. Tricia serves on the NGSS@NSTA Advisory Board and works as a NSTA Discover the NGSS Trainer and NGSS EQuIP Rubric National Trainer for Achieve.

Ted Willard Ted Willard
As director of NGSS@NSTA for the National Science Teachers Association, Ted Willard supports implementation of the NGSS by creating resources such as web seminars, conference sessions, workshops, books, and journal articles. In addition, he oversees the content of the NGSS@NSTA Hub, a website that offers dynamic browsing and searching of the NGSS, tools to support curriculum planning and professional learning, and classroom resources focused on the standards. Previously, Ted spent 12 years at AAAS Project 2061, where he was responsible for the development of the Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2, and involved in many of Project 2061's efforts toward standards-based education reform—including teacher professional development, curriculum resources development, assessment development, and science education research. Ted also spent five years editing science textbooks for commercial publishers and is a former high school physics teacher.

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