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Peter McLaren

Past President, Council of State Science Supervisors
Science and Technology Specialist, Rhode Island Department of Education

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.  Mr. McLaren has also served as a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Under his leadership, CSSS has implemented Building Capacity in State Science Education (BCSSE), a national project designed to empower foundational knowledge, motivation, partnerships, and collaborations at the state level necessary to ensure that a new vision for science learning and teaching, with fidelity to the National Research Council’s report (2012) A Framework for K-12 Science Education is present in classrooms throughout the United States.  Since 2011 CSSS has conducted four national BCSSE meetings for state science supervisors and their State Implementation Teams, most recently hosting 45 state teams and 250 participants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 7th and 8th, 2013.

Mr. McLaren is currently the Science and Technology Specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) where he is responsible for policy issues pertaining to K-12 science curriculum, instruction, and assessment as well as technology education.  Before joining RIDE in 2005, McLaren was a teacher of science for 13 years at both the high school and middle levels.  An award winning educator Peter was recognized with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award (2001) and as the Rhode Island Science Teacher of the Year (1995) by the MIT sponsored, Network of Educators of Science and Technology.



My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, June 18

9:45am CDT