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600: Education Standards: Raising the Bar [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 18


Session 601: Setting a New Standard in Science

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... 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... 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... 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... Read More →

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


Session 602: Common Core in Action

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, a set of uniform benchmarks for achievement that aim to produce more college- and career-ready students.  The standards are in the early stages of implementation in several states.  Kentucky, the first state to implement Common Core and test on it, has seen proficiency scores drop but college- and career-readiness levels rise. North Carolina has also introduced tests keyed toward Common Core, while several other states boast numerous education resources, curricular framework, and other Common Core tools that might prove beneficial to their counterparts across the nation. In this workshop, educators and state officials from Kentucky, North Carolina, and other states will answer questions, share success stories and trouble spots related to Common Core, and propose strategies that other jurisdictions might use to apply the new standards to their curricula.


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Marina Stenos

Vice President, Widmeyer Communications
Marina Stenos is vice president and director, leading the New York-based education, arts and philanthropy practice. Her current work includes efforts for such clients as ACM, Carnegie Corporation of New York, ExxonMobil, SRI International and The McGraw-Hill Companies. She has nearly... Read More →

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Karen Kidwell

Director, Division of Program Standards, Office of Next Generation Learners, Kentucky Department of Education
Karen Kidwell is the Director of the Division of Program Standards in the Office of Next Generation Learners at the Kentucky Department of Education.  The Division of Program Standards houses 3 branches: School Readiness, Academic Core, and Coordinated School Health.  Karen is also... Read More →
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Rebecca B. Payne

Director, STEM Education and Leadership North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Rebecca Payne, Director of STEM Education and Leadership for the Department of Public Instruction, is the conduit connecting external education programs, postsecondary education, policy-makers, business/industry, and other state agencies to STEM initiatives to the North Carolina Department... Read More →
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Sandi Woodall

Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction, Georgia Department of Education
Sandi Woodall currently serves education as the Assistant Director for Curriculum and Instruction at the Georgia Department of Education. She is charged with Common Core implementation for the state of Georgia.  Sandi holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Mathematics Education... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 6
Wednesday, June 19


Session 604: The Front Lines: On-the-Job Training for STEM Teachers

Helping students meet rigorous new standards and assessments begins by training K-12 educators, many of whom have been in the classroom for decades. Professional development is taking a variety of forms: intensive workshops and summer institutes; books and online instruction; off-the-shelf curricula that come with training in how to teach them; and outreach from university-based STEM education centers. Some states, too, are introducing teacher training aligned to the new Common Core math standards, appointing local and regional teacher leaders and building comprehensive toolkits to help educators. This session will describe effective professional development programs already at work and identify the most successful strategies in states that have been earliest in moving forward with new standards.


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Angela Minnici, Ph.D.

Director, Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, American Institutes for Research
Angela Minnici, Ph.D., is Principal Researcher in the Education Program at the American Institutes for Research. She is also the Director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, a federally funded comprehensive center dedicated to advancing state efforts to grow, respect and... Read More →

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Karen Symms Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dean, USC Rossier School of Education
Since becoming Dean in 2000, Karen Symms Gallagher has focused the USC Rossier School on its mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. The School is now #17 in U.S. News and World Report rankings. Under her leadership, Rossier launched its groundbreaking... Read More →
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John Chandler, Ph.D.

Director, T-STEM Center, Texas Tech University
With a career that includes 22 years in shipbuilding and 17 years at Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering, Dr. Chandler contributes unique insight into both the practice and study of engineering to the activities of the Texas Tech University T-STEM Center, which he co-directs... Read More →
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Dave Saba

Chief Operating Officer, National Math and Science Initiative
David W. Saba serves as Chief Operating Officer for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) focused on programs to transform math and science education. Prior to, Dave was Chief Executive Officer of Laying the Foundation, which merged with NMSI in January 2012. Previously, he... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 4