Dana Riley Black

Seattle, WA, US
Field of Work 
STEM Education
Institute for Systems Biology
Job Title or "Student" 
Director of Education
University of Washington and Miami University
Educational Leadership and Curriculum Studies (Science Education)
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Since 2005, Riley Black has held the appointment of Director for the Center for Inquiry Science at the Institute for Systems Biology. 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.

Dana, mother of two school-age children is a third generation Girl Scout leader and coordinates the school's annual science fair.
Reading, Travel, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, In-school visit, Online role model
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Evenings, Weekends
Career exploration activities, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students, Identifying other role models
Program Affiliation 
Girl Scouts

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