NARST Virtual Events in May

NARST Virtual Events in May

May 25, 2022 – 6:00-7:30pm EST

Research to Practice Series: Supporting Elementary Teachers: Content Knowledge for Teaching about Matter

You are invited to learn more about supporting elementary teachers' content knowledge for teaching about matter.

While there is a robust empirical base highlighting student difficulties and possible learning progressions for matter (cf. Tsarpalis & Sevian, 2013) there is currently a lack of research regarding content-specific teaching knowledge relevant to teaching about matter in the elementary years (Smith & Plumley, 2016). Furthermore, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) represent a fundamental shift in how matter is taught at the elementary level. In particular, addressing the idea that matter exists as particles that are too small to see (rather than identifying specific particles such as atoms) places new demands on elementary teachers to determine how and when to develop students‚ understanding of this matter concept to explain real-world phenomena.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Western Washington University and ETS have collaborated on research and development of an assessment tool and a suite of educative curriculum materials for teacher educators. We'll share results from our research and provide participants with free access to these resources.

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Contact: Debi Hanuscin (


Quarterly call for virtual events for science educators

Members and groups of members may propose virtual events to meet the needs of the membership and/or to benefit NARST as an organization and beyond. Virtual events are defined as any event that is offered as either a recorded, synchronous, asynchronous, or hybrid (e.g. synchronous/asynchronous) format. These events may include symposia, town halls, webinars, workshops, short courses, or other related activities that occur outside of the dates of the annual conference. We encourage scholars at all stages and types of career to propose events and virtual activities. We also encourage potential events to connect to the annual Presidential theme.

It is our hope that a variety of NARST Series will develop over time, serving to engage members and nonmembers in critical conversations and productive scholarly activities throughout the year. The current NARST Series options are:

  • Presidential Series – planned by current NARST President
  • Committee Series – planned by one or more NARST Committees
  • RIG/Strand Series – related to a specific RIG or strand topic
  • Research to Practice Series – focused on translating research into practice
  • Town Hall – opportunity for membership to discuss and interact around an issue
  • Other

If you would like to propose a virtual event in the coming months, the quarterly deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1. You can complete an application through the NARST website. Please note that you will be required to login to your member account to complete the submission.

NARST Virtual Events will be hosted through the NARST Zoom account.

Additional information about the application and approval process is provided in the Virtual Events policy. We look forward to “seeing” you all soon at a NARST Virtual Event.