Meet the Authors

Children are naturally curious about the world. How do we build on that curiosity? How do we help our kids think like scientists? The Elevate Science authors began with a simple premise: students need to do science, test concepts, and be design thinkers. This program encourages students to apply scientific methods, collect data, and examine evidence. It helps elementary teachers feel comfortable and confident teaching the Next Generation Science Standards. elevate learning, elevate teaching!



Coordinator for K-12 Science Programs,
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland

Dr. Zipporah Miller currently serves as the Senior Manager for Organizational Learning with the Anne Arundel County Public School System. Prior to that she served as the K-12 Coordinator for science in Anne Arundel County. She conducts national training to science stakeholders on the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Miller also served as the Associate Executive Director for Professional Development Programs and conferences at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and served as a reviewer during the development of Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Miller holds a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland College Park, a master’s degree in school administration and supervision from Bowie State University and a bachelor’s degree from Chadron State College.



Professor Emeritus, Eugene P. Moore School of Education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina

Michael J. Padilla taught science in middle and secondary schools. He has more than 30 years of experience educating middle-school science teachers, and served as one of the writers of the 1996 U.S. National Science Education Standards. In recent years, Mike has focused on teaching science to English Language Learners. His extensive experience as Principal Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education grants resulted in more than $35 million in funding to improve science education. He served as president of the National Science Teachers Association, the world’s largest science teaching organization, in 2005–6.



Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Author of more than 100 science education publications, Dr. Wysession was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship and Packard Foundation Fellowship for his research in geophysics, primarily focused on using seismic tomography to determine the forces driving plate tectonics. Dr. Wysession is also a leader in geoscience literacy and education. He is the chair of the Earth Science Literacy Initiative, the author of several popular video lectures on geology in the Great Courses series, and a lead writer of the Next Generation Science Standards*.

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