Dan Hanley, Program Evaluator at Western Washington University and Director of the Cascades Learning, Evaluation, and Assessment Research (CLEAR) LLC., holds a joint Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research and Evaluation Methodology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Dan (affectionately referred to as Data Dan) has over 10 years of experience evaluating science education programs for the National Science Foundation, the Colorado Department of Education, and Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 2001 and studied Norway's system of school-based evaluation. Since 2005, he has directed the internal evaluation team for the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership at WWU. When not working, Dan enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with his wife and two kids.
Jim Minstrell, Research Scientist and co-founder of FACET Innovations in Seattle, Washington. During thirty years as a secondary science and math teacher, Jim conducted extensive classroom research on students' conceptual understanding of physical science and contributed to early research in formative assessment. Jim also pioneered the development of assessment based on "facets" of students' thinking and is co-developer of classroom tools to support teachers in addressing learners' problematic thinking around physics concepts www.diagnoser.com. At FACET Innovations, Jim leads or collaborates on projects to support teachers in integrating research on learning and teaching into their classroom practice. He is actively involved in the development of formative assessment tools across sciences, delivering professional development for teachers, and conducting educational program evaluation. Jim leads the external evaluation of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership.
Ruth Anderson, PhD. Education Researcher and co-founder of FACET Innovations in Seattle, Washington. With a background in languages, literature and linguistics, Ruth has taught middle school, high school, and university courses in the U.S. and abroad and has an ongoing interest in the support of second language learners in mainstream classrooms. Prior to starting FACET Innovations, Ruth worked in the development and testing of learning tools across disciplines. At FACET Innovations, Ruth coordinates program evaluation and is a co-investigator on classroom research projects. Ruth co-leads external evaluation of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership.