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Arash Jamshidi

Arash Jamshidi is part of the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) where he develops curriculum and supports teachers through professional development. Currently, through a partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, Ari is co-developing a project-based, middle school science curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that focuses on performance-based assessments. Prior to SCALE, through the UC Davis School of Education, Ari has collaborated with K-12 math/science teachers and university scholars on several NSF, TPC, and Bechtel funded projects. Ari’s research examined how teachers develop an understanding of scientific practice, and how they instantiate shifts in their classroom practice and culture to align with NGSS. With the support of these findings, Ari helped develop a full-year high school biology curriculum centered on the use of scientific models (Models Based Educational Resource in Biology, MBER-Bio), while also supporting the construction of a framework allowing teachers to design and adapt instruction to simultaneously meet Common Core and NGSS standards (Innovations in STEM Teaching, Achievement, and Research, I-STAR). As a former classroom teacher, and current advocate for equitable assessment and participation, Ari supports teachers’ efforts to instruct adaptively and responsively in order to meet student needs. You can reach Ari at