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Next Generation Science Standards: Exploring Ten Years of Progress in Science Education

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

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Presented by Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D., President, Southern Regional Education Board; Tricia Shelton, Chief Learning Officer, National Science Teaching Association; Carrie Brown, Science Teacher; and Chris Lazzaro, Ph.D., Director of Science, New Meridian

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It’s been 10 years since the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were published, a landmark effort that transformed the landscape of science education and redefined how science is taught in American schools. View this edLeader Panel to hear from four distinguished experts in the field of science and NGSS as they delve into the progress, challenges, and future of science education and assessment a decade after the launch of the standards. Together, we explore:

  • Reflections on a Decade of NGSS: Uncover the transformative journey of NGSS, reshaping K-12 science education and promoting critical thinking through integrated concepts and practices.
  • The Role of Assessment in Science Education: Delve into the complexities of aligning assessment with NGSS, learning from experts how assessment shapes science education and classroom strategies.
  • The Roadmap for Science Assessment: Assess the current state of science assessment post-NGSS, gaining insights from research and expert interviews, unveiling trends and progress.
  • Challenges and Opportunities Ahead: Explore recommendations for the future of science education and assessment, and how they fit into a changing landscape of college and career readiness.

Viewers walk away with an understanding of how the NGSS continues to reshape learning and assessment, inspiring a brighter future. This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 district leaders and education technology leaders.

Stephen Pruitt

About the Presenters

Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D., President of the Southern Regional Education Board, began as a high school chemistry teacher and gained expertise in education policy, assessment, and instruction at various levels. Previously, he served as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education and held roles like Science and Mathematics Program Manager, Academic Standards Director, and Associate State Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability at the Georgia Department of Education. Dr. Pruitt also contributed as a board member to the Council of Chief State School Officers, President of the Council of State Science Supervisors, and a member of the College Board Standards for College Success writing team for science. He was named to the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education and served on the National Academies of Science Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards. Dr. Pruitt holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master’s in science education from the University of West Georgia, and a Ph.D. in chemistry education from Auburn University.

Trisha Shelton

Tricia Shelton is the Chief Learning Officer of the National Science Teaching Association where she supports educators and students across the county as they work to integrate contemporary research in science education into classroom teaching and learning. She has deep experience in education, spending 22 years as a middle school and high school science teacher and teacher leader in Kentucky. Tricia is a 2014 NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award winner for her contributions to and demonstrated excellence in science teaching. Tricia served as an EQuIP Trainer for Achieve and a professional learning designer and facilitator for many organizations before joining the NSTA team.

Carrie Brown

Carrie B. Brown has taught middle school science for 20 years. Since the adoption of the NGSS in Michigan in 2015, she has led her district’s science teachers in their implementation and written science assessment clusters for Michigan’s state assessment, the M-Step. Carrie has also contributed to the development of science assessments for leading non-profit organizations focused on advancing science education.

 Chris Lazzaro

Christopher Lazzaro, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Science at New Meridian. Dr. Lazzaro has worked in science education for over 15 years, most recently at the College Board on projects ranging from professional development programs for science teachers, the AP Science redesign, the creation of the Science College Board Standards for College Success, as well as working directly with state DOEs across the country on adoption and implementation plans associated with the SAT Suite of Assessments. Prior to his employment at the College Board, Dr. Lazzaro taught high school physics in New York City. Dr. Lazzaro has earned undergraduate degrees in earth and planetary sciences and physics, a master’s degree in physics education, and a Ph.D. in science policy and education policy from Columbia University.

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New MeridianNew Meridian is an assessment design and development company committed to advancing equity in education by developing assessments that focus on the skills that matter: critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication. Data from our assessments enable educators to be more responsive to students’ learning needs to ensure all students have the opportunity to master critical grade-level learning standards and graduate prepared for future success.

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