Connie Hvidsten joined BSCS as a science educator in January 2011. She leads professional development in a variety of settings, including working with school districts and presenting at regional institutes and national conferences. She is part of a BSCS team developing curriculum for university pre-service methods courses that showcases exemplary classroom strategies through analysis of video cases. As part of a team of curriculum writers at BSCS, Connie recently completed a curriculum supplement designed to help students in grades K–12 understand the science concepts related to type 2 diabetes and the dietary and lifestyle choices that will help reduce the chance of developing type 2 diabetes over their lifetimes.
Before joining BSCS, Connie worked as a professional developer and project coordinator with the Sacramento Area Science Project and the Sacramento State Center for Math and Science Education. She served as science curriculum specialist for the Sacramento County Office of Education and spent 13 years as a middle school science teacher in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Connie has a B.S. in environmental science from Washington State University. She is completing her doctoral studies in science education at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on model-based reasoning as a practice common across the scientific disciplines and as a productive pedagogical tool in science classrooms, as well as studying the degree to which teachers take up modeling practices after an intensive two-year program of professional development and classroom implementation.