Anne Tweed, a Principal Consultant with the Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) in Denver, Colorado, also serves as the Associate director of the North Central Comprehensive Center, which serves a five-state region. Her work at McREL is research based and includes ongoing professional development workshops in the areas of assessment systems, effective science instruction, formative assessment, high-quality instructional practices, teaching reading in content areas, analyzing instructional materials and curricular audits. In her role as associate director of the North Central Comprehensive Center, she leads project activities that build the capacity of state education agencies through resource dissemination, group facilitation, building infrastructure and networking, planning and needs assessment, developing solutions that are part of statewide systems of support and revising tools and templates that support schools in need of improvement. Additionally, she is a co-principal investigator on an NSF DRK-12 project that supports implementation of nanoscale science and technology in secondary classrooms.
Tweed is a past-president of the National Science Teachers Association (2004–2005). A veteran high school science educator and department coordinator, she spent the majority of her 30-year teaching career with the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Tweed earned an M.S. degree in botany from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. degree in biology from Colorado College, and a teaching certificate from the University of Colorado. In addition, Tweed chaired the life science program planning team revising the 2009 NAEP Framework for Science. Tweed has been recognized for her work in education and has received the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished High School Science Teaching Award from NSTA, and is a state Presidential Award honoree. She has published many articles, co-authored several books, and given more than 250 presentations and workshops at state and national conferences.