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Mark Loveland

Mark Loveland is a Senior Research Associate in WestEd’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program.

He is the Co-Principal Investigator on the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded SimScientists: Interactive Simulation-Based Science Learning Environments project. As such, Loveland develops technology-based instructional and assessment modules designed to enhance science content knowledge and inquiry skills.

Loveland works on other initiatives that are part of the SimScientists suite of projects, including the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Calipers II: Using Simulations to Assess Complex Science Learning, the IES-funded Multilevel Assessments of Science Standards project, and a U.S. Department of Education-funded Enhanced Assessment Grant.

He also coordinates the development of the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework and Specifications, the Deeper Learning project funded by the Hewlett Foundation, and the NSF-funded Bioinformatics: Learning by Doing project involving the evaluation of online student support tools.

Loveland has extensive experience working in scientific research and science, mathematics, and technology education.

He has taught secondary biology, chemistry, and environmental science at St. Anselm’s Abby School in Washington, D.C., and developed curriculum and teacher professional development programs at the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum.

Prior to joining WestEd, Loveland served as coordinator for the SERP Institute for action research efforts to transform middle school mathematics and science teaching and learning in San Francisco public schools.

He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in the Tumor Biology Program, Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University.