NGSS Writing Team Leader: Danine Ezell

Danine Ezell taught middle school, high school, and college level biology and general science for thirty years. During her years at San Diego Unified, Dr. Ezell also served as District Program Manager for secondary science for several years. She retired from San Diego Unified School District in August of 2009, and has since worked on a curriculum for energy efficiency and conservation, developing four units for grades K–12 (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12).

While teaching, Dr. Ezell had the good fortune to work on several projects designed to improve science education. She worked with Project 2061, which produced Benchmarks for Science Literacy and with the National Research Council on the development of the National Science Education Standards. She worked on assessments through the Partnership for Standards Based Assessment at WestEd. She also worked with Achieve analyzing standards from a number of states and countries. Dr. Ezell also participated in the Using Data Project, working with teachers to analyze their students’ data and propose means to improve students’ performance.

Dr. Ezell received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Pomona College, and a PhD of Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her teaching credential from the University of San Diego.