Teaching NGSS in Elementary School
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 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 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
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