Next Generation Science Standards
Using the NGSS Practices in the Elementary Grades

Heidi Schweingruber
Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., is the deputy director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council (NRC). In this role she oversees many of the projects in the BOSE portfolio. She also collaborates with the director and board to develop new projects. She co-directed the study that resulted in the report A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011) which is the first step in revising national standards for K-12 science education. She served as study director for a review of NASA’s pre-college education programs completed in 2008 and co-directed the study that produced the 2007 report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8. She served as an editor on the NRC report Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths to Excellence and Equity (2009). She co- authored two award-winning books for practitioners that translate findings of NRC reports for a broader audience: Ready, Set, Science! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms (2008) and Surrounded by Science (2010). Prior to joining the NRC, Heidi worked as a senior research associate at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education where she administered the preschool curriculum evaluation program and a grant program in mathematics education. Previously, she was the director of research for the Rice University School Mathematics Project an outreach program in K-12 mathematics education, and taught in the psychology and education departments at Rice University. Heidi holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology, and a certificate in culture and cognition from the University of Michigan.


Deborah Carol Smith
Deb Smith is a former preschool and elementary teacher, and is currently on the faculty at the Pennsylvania State University. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from Boston University, a MAT from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She has taught PreK-5 children in Wilmington, Delaware; Lansing, Michigan; New York City; and Philadelphia, as well as in Leicester, Great Britain. At the University of Delaware, Michigan State University, and Penn State University, she has worked closely with elementary teachers in their classrooms to investigate children’s science learning and to co-develop and co-teach science curricula based on state and national standards and current research.


Deb has served on the National Research Council’s Teacher Advisory Committee, as an advisor to the NRC’s Ready, Set, Science!, on the NRC’s Committee for a Framework for K-12 Science Education, and as an expert reviewer for the Next Generation Science Standards. She is committed to providing opportunities for younger children and their teachers to engage in learning communities in which they create scientific knowledge together, through authentic scientific investigations, to feel the joy and power of understanding how the world works.


Jessica Jeffries
Jessica Jeffries is currently a K-5 Instructional Coach in the State College Area School District. Prior to this, she was a kindergarten teacher in the district for 9 years. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Elementary Education and later completed a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. For the past three years, Ms. Jeffries has presented at NSTA conferences, sharing information on the collaboration between Penn State University staff and her kindergarten classroom.




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Underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York