National Science Teachers Association
Formative Assessment in Science- Using
Students' Ideas to Inform Instruction and Promote Learning

Page Keeley
Page Keeley Page Keeley recently retired from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) where she was the Senior Science Program Director for 16 years, directing projects and developing resources in the areas of leadership, professional development, linking standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and mentoring and coaching. She has been the PI and Project Director of 3 National Science Foundation-funded projects including the Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network, PRISMS- Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School, and Curriculum Topic Study - A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research. In addition to NSF projects, she has directed state MSP projects including TIES K-12- Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science K-12 and a National Semi-Conductor Foundation grant, Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL). She also founded and directed the Maine Governor’s Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, a replication of the National Academy for Science Education Leadership of which she is a Fellow.

Ms. Keeley is the author of fourteen national best-selling books, including four books in the Curriculum Topic Study Series, eight volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, and a science and a mathematics version of Formative Assessment - 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning. Currently she provides consulting services to school districts and organizations throughout the U.S. on building teachers’ and school districts’ capacity to use diagnostic and formative assessment. She is a frequent invited speaker on formative assessment in science and mathematics.

Ms. Keeley taught middle and high school science for 15 years before leaving the classroom in 1996. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level. She served two terms as President of the Maine Science Teachers Association and District II NSTA Director. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992, the Milken National Distinguished Educator Award in 1993, the AT&T Maine Governor’s Fellow in 1994, the National Staff Development Council’s Susan Loucks-Horsley Award for Leadership in Science and Mathematics Professional Development in 2009, and the National Science Education Leadership Association’s Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award in 2013. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine, was a science literacy leader for the AAAS/Project 2061 Professional Development Program, and serves on several national advisory boards. She is a science education delegation leader for the People to People Citizen Ambassador Professional Programs, leading the South Africa trip in 2009, China in 2010, India in 2011, and China in 2013.

Prior to teaching, Ms. Keeley was a research assistant in immunology at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters in Science Education from the University of Maine. In 2008 Ms. Keeley was elected the 63rd President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). In her spare time she gardens on her 25-acre small farm in Maine and enjoys cooking, traveling, photography, and food blogging.

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