Sue Downer

At NHLI, Sue will provide professional development in science curriculum, instruction and assessment. She will lead the Science and Math PLACE (Performance Learning and Assessment Consortium for Educators) project. PLACE is a consortium of teachers working toward student-centered, phenomena-driven and NGSS-aligned performance instruction and assessment. Her experience includes co-designing and implementing professional development workshops for K-12 science teachers. Before joining NHLI, Sue spent 28 years teaching chemistry and AP chemistry at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH. During that time she served as the science department coordinator, senior project coordinator, and as a content lead for the NH-PACE project focused on developing performance assessments for competency-based learning.

Sue Downer / March 19, 2024

Unlocking Curiosity: A Paradigm Shift in Science Education

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