William R. Penuel


  • Academic standards
  • Curriculum
  • Education reform
  • Innovative professional development
  • Professional development
  • Science
  • STEM education
  • Student-centered education
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher support

William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. His research focuses on the design and study of innovations to improve science and mathematics education at scale. Several of his projects have focused on how technology can support classroom assessment in science, and he was a member of the committee that developed the 2014 National Research Council Report, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Other projects in science and mathematics education have focused on teacher professional development, curriculum development and implementation. Penuel also studies emerging models for relating research and practice, including research-practice partnerships. He is co-developer of an approach to research and development called Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR). This approach integrates design-based research methods of the learning sciences with policy implementation research. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including Teachers College Record, the American Journal of Evaluation, and Educational Technology Research and Development.