Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
As the US moves toward implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Minnesota reviews them, how can we embrace these developments and help inform policy decisions? What are the implications of the recent national reports such as A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research for improving science education? What sort of policy support can help move them into widespread use?
Dr. Heidi Schweingruber, Deputy Director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council, delivered a keynote address on the framework behind the NGSS and the challenges posed by their implementation. A panel of Minnesota STEM teachers and researchers responded with perspectives from their work.
Click here to download the presentation slides.
Overview of the NGSS framework.
Students learn science by engaging in scientific and engineering practices.
NGSS takes into account the ways engineering and science complement one another
NGSS are a technical document that outline performance expectations, they are not a curriculum.
NGSS-aligned curricula need to create a scientific community in the classroom.
NGSS allows for tailoring to local strengths and resources.
The full keynote presentation can be viewed here.