Director of the Board on Science Education
National Academy of Sciences
Heidi Schweingruber is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. She oversees a portfolio of work that includes K–12 science education, informal science education, and higher education. She joined the board in 2004 as a senior program officer. In this role, she directed or co-directed several projects, including the study that resulted in the report A Framework for K–12 Science Education (2011), the blueprint for the Next Generation Science Standards. Most recently, she co-directed the study that produced the 2021 report Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. She is a nationally recognized leader in leveraging research findings to catalyze improvements in science and STEM education policy and practice. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology from the University of Michigan.