Jennifer Richards

Jennifer (Jen) Richards , Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Annenberg Hall
Room 341
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-4994


My work focuses on teacher learning and reasoning, and the cultivation and dynamics of increasingly equitable knowledge-building in multiple settings:

  • K-12 science classrooms, by foregrounding responsiveness to students' experiences and sense-making in instructional practice and in the design of curricula
  • Professional learning opportunities, by cultivating job-embedded models of professional learning that invite teachers and other participants to inquire into the work of teaching together
  • Research-practice partnerships, by drawing on insights from design-based research and improvement science to work on opportunities and problems of practice across perspectives

Curriculum Vitae

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  • 2018 - Finalist, University of Washington Postdoc Mentoring Award



Year Degree Institution
2013 PhD, Science Education University of Maryland
2008 MEd, Secondary Science Education University of Maryland
2006 BA, Biology, Political Science University of Delaware

Selected Publications

Fowler, K., Windschitl, M. & Richards, J. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Exit tickets: Understanding students, adapting instruction, and addressing equity. The Science Teacher.

Richards, J., & Thompson, J. (2018). "Choose your own adventure": Responsive curricular choices in elementary science. in Kay, J., & Luckin, R., Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count, 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Volume 2 (pp. 1017-1020). International Society of the Learning Sciences.

Robertson, A. D., & Richards, J. (2017). Teacher sense-making about being responsive to students' science ideas: A case study. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 5(4): 314-342.

Richards, J. & Robertson, A. D. (2016). A review of the research on responsive teaching in science and mathematics. in Robertson, A. D., Scherr, R., & Hammer, D., Responsive Teaching in Science and Mathematics (pp. 36-55). Routledge.

Selected Presentations

Richards, J., Thompson, J., Shim, S., Lohwasser, K., & Chew, C. (2018). Networked PLCs: Footholds into creating and improving knowledge of ambitious and equitable teaching practices in a RPP. Paper presented at the 2018 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting . New York, NY.

Richards, J. (2016). Exploring job-embedded professional learning through Studio Days. Plenary given at the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound Conference. Diablo, WA.

Research Interests

 Teacher learning; responsive science education; research-practice partnerships

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