Karen Worth Receives NSTA Distinguished Service Award

March 10, 2011

Wheelock science education instructor Karen Worth is the 2011 recipient of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. NSTA recognizes members who have made extraordinary contributions in teaching science through leadership and long lasting scholarly endeavors. Ms. Worth is being honored with 30 other awardees from around the country, consisting of K-12 teachers, principals, professors, and other science education professionals. The awards will be presented at a special banquet and ceremony on Friday, March 11, at NSTA's 59th National Conference on Science Education in San Francisco. Out of the 31 recipients of the various awards, Ms. Worth is the only one from Massachusetts.

"We are proud that Ms. Worth is being recognized for her outstanding service to science education, the local communities of Boston, the nation, and our students. We are certain that Ms. Worth will continue to make significant contributions to the field of teaching science and we are honored to have her as a long-term member of the Wheelock community," said President of Wheelock College, Jackie Jenkins-Scott. In response to being recognized, Ms. Worth stated, "I am honored to receive this award, not least because I know many who have gone before me and respect their work enormously. I also deeply value this recognition of work I have done by NSTA that does so much to support science education at all levels."

Ms. Worth's recognition is due to her extensive development work in science education. She has been a faculty member at Wheelock College for over 30 years, where she teaches early childhood and elementary education with a focus on science education. She is a project director and instructor in science education for both pre-service and in-service teachers at graduate and undergraduate levels. Her current focus is developing teacher skills in the use of language in science as a critical tool for scientific reasoning. In addition to teaching, she also worked as a senior research scientist in the Center for Science Education at Education Development Center, Inc.

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