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Riley Black was recruited by Leroy Hood to join the Institute for Systems Biology in 2005. Riley Black is an educator whose interests include professional development for teachers and administrators as applied to systemic science education reform, and correspondingly, strategies that enable the scientific community to engage with and support K-12 science education. Through securing and managing grants from federal, state and corporate organizations, she currently partners with and supports school districts across the Puget Sound region in their efforts to implement research-based science education reform.
Riley Black has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington and a M.Ed. in Science Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Studies from Miami University. Through graduate school she worked for the Principal Investigator of Ohio´s NSF-funded Statewide Systemic Initiative, Project Discovery – a systemic initiative supporting middle school mathematics and science teachers across the state of Ohio. During her post-graduate appointment at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Riley Black developed physical science curriculum and televised professional development experiences for teachers of mathematics and science. Before joining the Institute for Systems Biology, she worked for five years at the University of Washington, establishing its K-12 Institute for Mathematics and Science Education – this work served to coordinate the university´s Mathematics and Science outreach efforts with regional systemic reform efforts.