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 research focuses on two interconnected strands, primarily within the context of science education:
  1. Designing and studying ways of cultivating increasingly responsive classroom and professional learning environments — spaces within K-12 school systems that are responsive to learners' ideas, experiences, motivations, and directions
  2. Understanding and modeling the multifaceted dynamics of teacher practice and learning across contexts and timescales, drawing on situative perspectives and discourse analysis techniques
In line with these foci, I have a strong commitment to engaging in deeply-embedded partnerships with education practitioners in the field.

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

Richards, J., Elby, A., Luna, M. J., Robertson, A. D., Levin, D. M., & Nyeggen, C. G. (2020). Reframing the responsiveness challenge: A framing-anchored explanatory framework to account for irregularity in novice teachers' attention and responsiveness to student thinking. Cognition and Instruction.

Thompson, J., Richards, J., Shim, S-Y., Lohwasser, K., Von Esch, K., Chew, C., Sjoberg, B., & Morris, A. (2019). Launching networked PLCs: Footholds into creating and improving knowledge of ambitious and equitable teaching practices in an RPP. AERA Open, 5(3): 1-23.

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. (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


Employment History

2018 2018 Research Scientist, University of Washington
2014 2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Science Teacher Learning and Development, University of Washington
2013 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Science Education, University of Maryland

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