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Zembal-Saul earns National Science Teachers Association's Fellow Award

College of Education's department head for curriculum and instruction cited for research.
Zembal-Saul earns National Science Teachers Association's Fellow Award

Carla Zembal-Saul

Carla Zembal-Saul, department head for curriculum and instruction and a professor of science education, has received the Fellow Award given by the National Science Teachers Association.

Carla Zembal-Saul
Carla Zembal-Saul
The NSTA promotes excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning. Teaching, service and research were among the award’s requirements. Zembal-Saul, a Kahn professor of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Penn State’s College of Education, was honored March 13 in Chicago.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a NSTA Fellow for my research on elementary science teacher learning and commitment to connecting research and practice,’’ Zembal-Saul said.

“None of this work, however, would be possible without the collaboration of outstanding colleagues – classroom teachers and administrators, science-teacher educators, science-education researchers and scientists. I am very fortunate to have a successful professional life in which I can continue to learn from my colleagues.’’

The Fellow Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to science education through personal commitment to education, educational endeavors and original work that position recipients as exemplary leaders in their field and significant contributions to the profession that reflect dedication not only to the organization but the entire educational community.

Zembal-Saul’s research investigates the development of teaching practices that support K-6 children’s participation in authentic scientific discourse and practices. She has been involved in school-university partnership work for more than 15 years. The purposeful integration of technology has played a central role in her teaching and research.