Brian Reiser


  • Academic standards
  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • Education technology
  • Educational standards
  • NAEP
  • PISA
  • Science
  • STEM education
  • Teacher support
  • Textbooks

Brian J. Reiser is a professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. His research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Reiser co-led the development of IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), a three-year middle school curriculum that supports students in science practices to develop disciplinary core ideas. Reiser is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education and served on the NRC’s committees that authored “A Framework for K-12 Science Education,” which guided the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, “Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards,” and “Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.” Reiser has also worked with Achieve on tools to help states implement the standards. He is currently collaborating with several state initiatives to design and provide professional development and develop curricular materials for K-12 teachers. Reiser earned his doctorate in cognitive science from Yale University.