Director Assists in Rollout of NSTA Early Childhood Science Position Statement
Dr. Beth Van Meeteren, Director of the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education and CEESTEM and colleagues from the Early Childhood Science Interest Forum have been hard at work introducing the NSTA Early Childhood Science Position Statement at NSTA regional conferences in Richmond, Virginia and Long Beach, California, as well as the national NAEYC conference in Dallas, Texas. The NAEYC conference promoted the introduction in a featured session. The national NAEYC conference also provided opportunity for the ECSIF to hold their annual meeting with the session, "Breaking new ground in early childhood science: Best practices in action illustrate a new National Science Teachers Association position statement. Now endorsed by NAEYC, the NSTA position statement is a tool for early childhod programs of any size or focus.
Regents' Center at Genesis of NSTA Early Childhood Science Position Statement
Excerpts from online article. Article can be viewed in full at science.http://www.naeyc.org/yc/node/263
NAEYC’s Early Childhood Science Interest Forum http://member-forums.naeyc.org/group/early-childhood-science-interest-forum)">(ECSIF) has found itself at the nexus of a national conversation arounding STEM in early childhood.Originally conceived during a STEM in Early Education and Development (SEED) conference hosted by the University of Northern Iowa in 2010, the ECSIF was formed in 2011 by a core group of early childhood science educators, researchers, policy makers, professional developers, curriculum developers, and advocates who attended the conference. The goal was to continue the vigorous discussion and debate that the conference had provoked about science in early childhood, especially in preschool—including its role in a child-centered curriculum and implications for teachers, classrooms, and programs. The goal was also to extend the conversation to include all early childhood educators, researchers, and advocates who are passionate about young children and science. In close collaboration with NSTA, ECSIF initiated in 2013 an effort to develop a position statement on early childhood science education for children 3 to 5 years old. NSTA convened a committee, including several ECSIF members, to write it. The NSTA board recently approved and adopted the position statement, which is available at www.nsta.org/docs/PositionStatement_EarlyChildhood.pdf.
Seeding Early Science in Northern Iowa
More than 60 science educators from around the country gathered ... [to focus on] two questions: How do we give young children more opportunities for high-quality, hands-on introductions to science ... and how ... do we develop the early childhood workforce so that it can teach science well?