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Heidi Schuitema

Cedar Springs High School
Biology Teacher
In my 18th year of teaching, I am very excited that SCIENCE gets it's turn in the spotlight, with our NGSS; based in a wealth of learning research. Next Generation Science Standards inspire and motivate me and I have confidence our students will thrive in a new science setting that adds dimension to their learning and credits them with having the capacity to add gears to their learning routines. My background in biology, chemistry, math, and special needs in learning bodes well in this inclusive pedagogy paradigm shift in science education and is surely why I am having so much FUN stretching into the "next generation". As a Learning While Teaching (LWT) project participant, through Northwestern University, I gained an invaluable frame of reference for what undergirds our new science standards and what motivated "A Framework for K‑12 Science Education". My DEVOTION to this science migration is HUGE!!