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About Us

Leading this project is UPD Consulting; a consulting firm that empowers change leaders in education to transform their organizations into effective, equitable and just systems. Over the last decade, UPD has delivered numerous district network engagements to implement new instructional systems and new curricula.

NextGenScience (NGS) is a project devoted to transforming science teaching, learning, and leadership. Now a part of WestEd, NGS was formerly the science team of Achieve — the nonprofit organization that coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013. NGS has continued the work of Achieve, partnering with districts and states nationwide.

Our Team

Joel Harris

Project Director, UPD

Sukh Kaur

Project Manager, UPD

Anthony Gordon

Senior Consultant, UPD

Jordan Brown

Consultant, UPD

Jenny Sarna

Project Director, NexGenScience

Jennifer Childress

Science Review Lead, NexGenScience

Jo Eckerman

Senior Consultant, UPD