Trish Stoddart is professor of education at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Stoddart is an expert at improving the teaching of science in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. She has extensive experience in research on instructional innovation and science education and has led several large federally funded projects. One of these was the NSF-funded Local Systemic Initiative LASERS (Language Acquisition through Science Education for Rural Schools), which brought together seven school districts to improve the teaching of science to English language learners in California's Central Valley. Another was the USDOE Federal Eisenhower Project CCTD (California Consortium for Teacher Development) which brought together 18 CSU and UC campuses in a research and development project on preparing pre-service teachers to work with diverse learners. Stoddart is the author of over 70 journal articles and monographs on science education, teacher education, and educational policy and reform.