Council of State Science Supervisors
“The voice and vision of science education for the states”

Council of State Science Supervisors Committees

With the purpose of promoting the work of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) and to facilitate collaboration around issues that the membership and the CSSS Board of Directors (Board) have identified as critical to supporting science education across all states, the Board has formed ad hoc committees. Each ad hoc committee will be led by at least one CSSS state member selected by the Board and will have a Board member assigned as the primary point of contact to the Board. The committee leads will report on committee activity to the Board, at a minimum on a quarterly basis, or in special circumstances, at the request of the Board. 

The ad hoc committees are open to participation from all CSSS members (state, associate, and affiliate). The Board welcomes all members to join one or more of the committees. In addition to the specific purpose of each of the ad hoc committees, all committees are charged with communicating their work to the rest of the organization. These ad hoc committees will remain active as long as the committee and the Board feel that the work is useful for the membership. The Board will evaluate the work of each committee and will decide in the formation of new committees or dissolution of old ones based on the needs of the organization at the annual Board retreat. The Board may also create or dissolve committees at any point it deems necessary.

Access and Equity

The Access and Equity Committee is tasked with identifying research and practices that address the elements of inequity in science education. This committee plans to address achievement gaps among demographic subgroups that have persisted across time. Furthermore, the committee will explore ways that CSSS as an organization can offer viable solutions to these systemic barriers.   


Research Partners

 Board Liaison
André DeLeón (NV)
Jamie Rumage (OR)
Phil Bell (U of WA)
Deb Morrison (U of WA)

Maya Garcia (CO)

Professional Learning

The Professional Learning Committee works to identify research and practices that help professional development providers design and implement high quality, sustained professional learning opportunities for educators and to provide guidance to state and local leaders about broad criteria they can apply to evaluate professional development plans and activities.  The Science Professional Learning Standards (CSSS, 2018) are now published on the CSSS resources page. 

 Co-Chairs  Research Partners  Board Liaison

Rae McEntyre (KY)
Brett Moulding (Associate - UT)

Bill Penuel (CU-Boulder)

April McCrae (DE)

Instructional Resources

One of the challenges of implementing science instruction that is consistent with the Framework for K-12 Science Education is a lack of appropriate instructional resources. A challenge for the federal science mission-based agencies is to make educators aware of the free resources that they have published. This committee solves both problems with one elegant solution. Collaboration.

Co-Chairs    Research Partners  Board Liaison

Ellen Ebert (WA)
Erin Escher (RI)
Megan Cannon (Associate - OK)

Sam Shaw (EdReports)

Michael Heinz (NJ)

Supporting Elementary Science

This committee will focus on work that is inherently cross disciplinary and supports effective science instruction for all learners in elementary systems. This includes, but is not limited to, literacy in science, mathematics, and ELA, as well as resources to broadly support and advocate for elementary science. 

Co-Chairs   Research Partners  Board Liaison

Amber McCulloch (Associate - WA)  
Kathy Renfrew (Associate - MA)

Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State)

Ricky Scott (UT)

Assessing Science Learning

The Assessing Science Learning Committee supports state leaders in developing and providing professional learning for authentic systems of science assessment. We emphasize ideas of three-dimensional formative and summative assessments, applicable across the work of all states. In particular, we work toward assessment systems and items that can provide meaningful information about the learning of all students.

 Co-Chairs  Research Partners  Board Liaison

TJ Smolek (MI)

Kristen McKinney (MO)

Aneesha Badrinarayan (LPI) 
Erin Marie Furtak (CU - Boulder)
Jim Pellegrino (U of Illinois - Chicago)

Dawn Cope (WA)

CSSS Assessment Committee Resources

Leadership and Policy

The Leadership and Policy Committee supports state leaders in identifying resources and information pertaining to state and federal policies and funding streams.

 Co-Chairs  Research Partners  Board Liaison
TBD Jodi Peterson (NSTA)
 Kevin Anderson (WI)

Technology and Digital Communications

The Technology and Digital Communications Committee assists the board of directors and membership in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the overall role of technology in executing the mission and vision of the organization.

Co-Chair  Board Liaison
Brian Caine (TN)  Ricky Scott (UT)


With a clear focus on integrated STEM education at national, state, and local levels, this committee works to support state science leaders in understanding policies and initiatives whereby science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning are connected and have common goals by showing and amplifying coherent strategies. Further, this committee engages partners in efforts to develop white papers, policy briefs, and other related documents to support the work of state science leaders with effective integration of STEM.

Co-Chairs   Research Partners  Board Liaison

Juan-Carlos Aguilar (GA)

Anne Petersen (VA)

Heidi Schweingruber (NRC)

April McCrae

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