Osnat Zur is the Director of the Early Childhood Learning and Development content area at WestEd. In this role, Zur serves as the lead evaluator and director on a range of projects focusing on the development of early learning standards, assessment, professional learning content, and evaluation. She co-directs the evaluation of the California Statewide Early Math Initiative, leads the revisions of the California Preschool Learning Foundations in ten domains, and serves as an expert consultant for the Exploratorium on the STEAM Starters project.
Previously, Zur led WestEd’s partnership with the National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning. She also served as the lead author for the California preschool foundations in the domain of science, and the preschool curriculum framework in mathematics and in science. Additionally, she developed assessment measures in cognitive development—math and science—for the Desired Results Developmental Profile instrument and other school readiness instruments.
Zur is a developmental psychologist with expertise in cognitive development, focusing primarily on the development of mathematical and scientific reasoning. She received a BA in psychology and a doctorate degree in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).