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Tuesday, June 18 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Session 601: Setting a New Standard in Science

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Science education at the K-12 level is in need of a revamp, as many current curricula are based on standards that are more than a decade old and American students lag their global peers in performance. Based on frameworks from the National Research Council, several groups have partnered to develop a cutting-edge set of benchmarks for student achievement in science, the Next Generation Science Standards, which have drawn support from 26 states. In this workshop session, authors and other leaders in their development will provide a status report on the recently released standards, including the next steps for implementation, and answer your specific queries on the upcoming changes.


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Jessica Bridges

CEO, Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education

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Blair Blackwell

Manager, Education and Corporate Programs, Chevron
Blair Blackwell is a Senior Specialist in Chevron’s Global Social Investment team leading Chevron’s corporate social investment programs in STEM education. Blair joined Chevron in 2012, bringing over 15 years experience with non-profits, social enterprises, international organizations and the private sector in Africa, Central Asia, Europe and the United States.  She graduated from Princeton University and is a Term Member of... Read More →
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Zoe Evans

Assistant Principal, Central Middle School, Carrollton, Ga.
Zoe Evans is an Assistant Principal at Central Middle School in Carrollton, Georgia.  Before becoming an assistant principal in 2012, she served as a middle grades science teacher for nineteen years in both Florida and Georgia.  Zoe is a National Board Certified teacher in Early Adolescent Science and a Georgia Master Teacher.  She is the 2005 Georgia recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science... Read More →
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Peter McLaren

Science and Technology Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education, Past President, Council of State Science Supervisors
Peter McLaren is Past President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) serving as President from July, 2010 until April, 2013.  McLaren has served on the CSSS Executive Board since 2007.  He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee for Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12 Education and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education. ... Read More →
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Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Content, Research and Development, Achieve
Stephen Pruitt is Senior Vice President at Achieve.  He has spent the past three years leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Stephen began his career as a high school Chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) as the Program Manager for Science. He served in that role for four years before becoming Director of Academic Standards... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Room 7