Next Generation Science Standards
Teaching NGSS in Elementary School

Carla Zembal-Saul
Carla Zembal-Saul Carla Zembal-Saul is professor of science education, department head of Curriculum and Instruction, and Kahn Professor of STEM Education at Penn State University. She is a former middle school science teacher whose research and practice have focused on elementary teacher development as it relates to supporting children's scientific discourse and practices for constructing evidence-based explanations. Zembal-Saul is committed to school-university partnership work, and several of her funded projects have involved various tools for engaging teachers in video analysis of practice to scaffold their learning. She is a co-author of What's Your Evidence? Engaging K-5 Students in Constructing Explanations in Science. She earned a BS and PhD from University of Michigan, and an EdM from University of Houston.


Mary Starr
Mary Starr Mary Starr is the executive director of the Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network (MMSCN) and the president of Starr and Associates. As a science educator she has been actively teaching and learning with inservice and preservice teachers throughout the United States. Her work with the MMSCN focuses on developing and supporting science and mathematics learning experiences for teachers, students, and families throughout Michigan through 33 regional mathematics and science centers. She is a co-author of Project-Based Inquiry Science, middle school project-based science materials, funded by NSF and published by It's About Time. She has been involved in several NSF-funded research grants and is currently co-PI on work to develop and embed GIS tools into science and social studies blended learning materials. Starr has a BA from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with an elementary (K-8) teaching certificate and a PhD in Science Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Common Core and NGSS.


Kathy Renfrew
Kathy Renfrew Kathy Renfrew is the K-5 science Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education, as well as an NGSS@NSTA curator and online advisor in the NSTA Learning Center. She is also working with a committee of educators and Achieve to develop model content frameworks for elementary science, particularly for grades 4 and 5. Kathy previously taught grades 4 through 6 in a self-contained classroom for more than 30 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a 2000 recipient of the elementary Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. Common Core and NGSS.




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