The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is an intermediary organization that bridges research on how children learn with best practices for the systemic educational reform from the classroom to the state leadership. The SSEC provides science education leadership development by:
- Building awareness for science education among leaders;
- Helping develop science education leadership among groups from school districts and states;
- Conducting programs to support the professional growth of teachers; and
- Developing and disseminating information about exemplary science instructional materials.