Abigail Jurist Levy, leader of the Coalition for Elementary Science Education at EDC, is a nationally known researcher and expert in science education. She is frequently called upon to share her expertise in effective approaches to science teaching and learning, and her research advances knowledge of conditions, policies, and programs that help educators promote students’ success.

A widely published author and presenter on the topic of science education reform, Levy is dedicated to ensuring every elementary student has high-quality science learning experiences. In 2018, she led a Coalition Summit that engaged policymakers, STEM industry leaders, educators, and the media in planning strategies to improve elementary science.

Recently, Levy examined the impacts of science fairs on students. Previously, she led studies that investigated the cost of science teacher turnover, science teacher professional development, the impact of inquiry-based science teaching, how teachers adapt to curriculum reform, and the cost and cost-effectiveness of different models of science instruction.

Levy holds a PhD in Family and Children Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.