Consuelo Morales is a Research Associate with the CREATE for STEM Institute. With a background in biological sciences. she has 9+ years’ experience working in secondary science education at the middle school, high school, and university level. Consuelo completed a master’s degree in public health (‘09) along with a PhD (‘16) in secondary science education at the University of Michigan. Before CREATE, Consuelo was a lecturer of secondary science methods at the University of Michigan. She has also worked as seminar and field instructor for undergraduate preservice teachers. Consuelo’s dissertation work looked at one middle school teacher’s experience with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) as she revised and implemented a health unit looking at effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on the brain. Consuelo is very interested in further investigating how teachers and students are utilizing three-dimensional learning as supported by the NGSS. At the CREATE for STEM Institute, Consuelo is working on the Building Models project. Building Models has created a web-based modeling tool (SageModeler), along with NGSS aligned curricular supports, that supports students’ modeling building skills. Consuelo and her colleagues are investigating if and how students benefit through model building. Consuelo is also working on the Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA) project which is working to create and test middle school formative life and physical science assessment tasks and rubrics. In NGSA, Consuelo is currently working to create and test teacher resources such as scaffolds and classroom strategies to support teachers to use the assessment tasks and rubrics more effectively in their classrooms. Consuelo is bilingual in Spanish and loves to travel. She lived in Spain for 5 years which allowed her to travel throughout Europe. In the summer of 2016, traveled to Panama to work with the Panamanian education sector and help develop a national curriculum that mirrors some ideas from NGSS.