Initial Publication Date: March 10, 2016

Webinar: Supporting Elementary Teachers with the NGSS

April 14, 2016
1:00 PM Pacific | 2:00 PM Mountain | 3:00 PM Central | 4:00 PM Eastern

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Supporting Elementary Teachers with the NGSS
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Webinar Description

The NGSS provide an exciting opportunity for geoscientists to support K-12 teachers to improve instruction. Engaging with elementary in-service and pre-service teachers is crucial and presents some unique opportunities and challenges. Many elementary teachers have little background in Earth and Space Science. Pressure to do well on state assessments in literacy and mathematics also contributes to a de-emphasis on science instruction.

Elementary teachers need to feel confident in their ability to teach science. They also need to learn how engaging in science and engineering practices can improve literacy skills. Presenters will share lessons learned from their work with in-service and pre-service elementary teachers about how to infuse content and pedagogy instruction. Webinar participants will also learn specific strategies to help teachers connect science to literacy and the Common Core State Standards. Examples from Earth and Space Science will be used as much as possible.


Kim Cheek, Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of North Florida
Heather Petcovic, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Western Michigan University

Webinar Organizers:

Susan Sullivan (CIRES, U of Colorado) susan.sullivan at
Aida Awad (Maine East High School, Park Ridge, IL)
Edward Robeck (American Geosciences Institute)
John McDaris (National Association of Geoscience Teachers)

With the NGSS Earth and Space Science Working Group

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