Rebecca Grainger is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning and a member of the Disciplinary Literacy (DL) science team. Grainger joined the DL science team after nearly a decade of service as a science teacher and department chair at Sierra High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sierra serves a diverse student population with a high percentage of at-risk and English language learner students. When Ms. Grainger began at Sierra it was a struggling school with low performance in science. In 2003, she was tasked with visiting schools with successful models of Small Learning Communities and acted as the lead teacher in developing and implementing a model fitting of Sierra High School’s at-risk population. After leading a cross-curricular team through a pilot year, the model was scaled up to include multiple teams across the ninth and tenth grades. Rebecca co-authored the Harrison School District Two biology curriculum map. She wrote and employed curricula used district wide. During her tenure at the school, the science team turned around the program and significantly advanced student learning in all science subjects. Rebecca has also conducted district-wide professional development around writing in science and served as an instructional coach for teachers new to the district.
Rebecca's primary teaching focus was the biological sciences, ranging from freshman biology to AP biology and molecular genetics. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Science from Colorado College. Rebecca is recognized as a Harrison School District Two Distinguished Teacher.
Rebecca serves as a member of the advisory board for the BSCS/National Institute of Health K-12 diabetes curriculum development project. Rebecca also served in a teaching and consulting capacity for multiple professional development videos including "Phases of the Moon" and "Drugs, Addiction and the Adolescent Brain."