NSTA Virtual Conference

The Crosscutting Concepts as Lenses to Explore Phenomena

Charles Anderson Charles Anderson

Charles W. (Andy) Anderson is a professor emeritus at Michigan State University. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer middle school science teacher. He is engaged in design-based research that uses learning progressions as a basis for systemic reform leading to environmental science literacy for K-12 and college students. He has served as president of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Jeffrey Nordine Jeffrey Nordine

Jeffrey Nordine associate professor and deputy director of physics education at the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel, Germany. His research focuses on the design, implementation, and effects of coherent science instruction. In particular, he studies how the energy concept might be taught in order to strengthen connections across science disciplines and to support future learning about energy-related contexts, both in and out of school. Jeff was a physics teacher and dean of instruction for mathematics and science in San Antonio, Texas.

Erin Furtak Erin Furtak

Erin Marie Furtak, PhD, is a Professor of STEM Education and Associate Dean of Faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Frustrated while trying to realize educational reforms as a public high school biology teacher, Erin transitioned into a career studying how science teachers learn and improve their daily classroom practices through formative assessment. In a series of multiple studies, Dr. Furtak has partnered with teachers, schools, and districts to learn how teachers can design, enact, and take instructional action on the basis of classroom assessments that they design.

Joi Merritt Joi Merritt

Joi Merritt, PhD is an Associate Professor of Science Education in the Department of Early, Elementary and Reading education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Her research focuses on design and implementation of science curriculum materials and preparing teachers to teach equitable science in the inclusive classroom. She is a former high school chemistry and physics teacher in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Merritt also has a background in engineering and began her career designing, developing, and testing graphic user interfaces.

Emily C Miller Emily C Miller

Emily C Miller is a lead writer for the Diversity and Equity Team on the Next Generation Science Standards, a member of the NGSS writing team, and best selling teacher practice book, NGSS for All, with NSTA Press and NSTA's newest release focused on Crosscutting Concepts with Okhee Lee. Emily has taught for two decades as an ESL and Bilingual Resource science specialist in Madison, Wisconsin at Title I schools at the middle school and elementary levels. Emily serves as a teacher professional learning facilitator, science teaching coach, and preservice teacher educator. Emily has multiple articles in peer reviewed journals including Science and Children and Science Scope. She is the Principle Investigator of a small grant from LEF researching what is satisfying for teachers as they change their science practice and move toward more equitable practices.

Kathy Huncosky Kathy Huncosky

Kathy currently works for WestEd on the Making Sense of SCIENCE team. Kathy has been a general K–8 educator for many years, as well as a science education specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She holds a BS degree in Education and an MS degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from UW-Madison, Wisconsin. On the Making Sense of SCIENCE team she serves as a professional learning specialist and as the Wisconsin Site Coordinator for the i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant. She loves to facilitate professional learning across the country and shares her skills in the development of the Making Sense of SCIENCE courses.

Kevin Kiel Kevin Kiel

Kevin Kiel is an 8th grade science teacher at Wilson Middle School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He has taught 8th and 9th grade science for the Manitowoc Public School District for fifteen years and serves as the district’s middle school science coordinator. Kevin previously served on the regional Science Advisory Council for the state of Wisconsin which planned roll-out activities to educate teachers on NGSS. Following the release of NGSS, Kevin led district curriculum changes at the high school, middle school, and elementary levels.

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