The fourth Building Capacity for State Science Education (BCSSE) Conference took place Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania As was the design of the previous BCSSE conferences each participating state will be able to send a five-member team to the BCSSE conference. With the release of the NGSS in April this conference has been designed to provide states the opportunity to build upon and strengthen their capacity and to support the continued development of state implementation plans.
Building Capacity in State Science Education (BCSSE) is a project of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) designed to provide sustained professional development for state science supervisors to gain fluency and utility with the NRC Framework, create communication tools to disseminate key messages from the Framework to multiple state-based audiences, and develop a state-based strategic plan for work with the Framework and dissemination and adoption of NGSS. Our first meeting took place in Nashville, Tennessee on September 30th and October 1st, 2011 with the funding of Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) and CSSS. BCSSE-Nashville brought together 43 states and 70 participants to begin the process of developing knowledge and capacity within the Framework for K-12 Science Education along with strategies and tools to communicate with various state-based sectors about the Framework and its key role in the development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Work also began in Nashville to build state leadership teams which will help guide the individual states through the planning and implementation process of NGSS.
BriefingsPresentations from BCSSE-NashvilleFact sheets and one pagers about the K-12 Framework for Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.Framework FactsheetPresentation for AwarenessA single page document that gives a broad overview of the purpose and structure of the K-12 Framework. (Framework, Non-specific Audience, Brief, CSSS, 2012, Awareness)NGSS FactsheetA single page document that gives a broad overview of the NGSS, including the current timeline for publication. (NGSS, Non-specific Audience, Brief, CSSS, 2012, Awareness)Progressing from a K-12 Framework to Next Generation Science StandardsA single page brief that can be used to provide background information about the relationship of the Framework to NGSS as well as some ideas about how this vision of science education differs from what has been done in the past. (NGSS, Framework, Brief, CSSS, 2012, Non-specific Audience, Awareness)Summary of major External Resource PagesA list of tools/resources designed to support reviewers before they provide feedback to the NGSS. (Non-specific Audience, Achieve, NGSS, 2012, CSSS, Brief)Why the Framework and Next Generation Science Standards are Needed: A Logical ArgumentA summary of the reasons why both the NRC framework and the NGSS are needed to improve science education.Tools for increasing awareness about different aspects of the K-12 Framework for Science EducationEngineering in the FrameworkProfessional DevelopmentThis is a one-hour presentation that focuses on Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas for engineering. The session is intended to provide awareness of the engineering component as presented in the Framework. (Non-specific Audience, Awareness, Practices, Crosscutting, Engineering, CSSS, 2012, Instruction)Science and Engineering Practices in the FrameworkThis is a one-hour presentation that focuses on science practices. The intent is to support the ideas of explanations, models, and argument as feature parts of science instruction. The ideas were developed to be consistent with the Framework. (Framework, Awareness, Practices, Non-specific Audience, Instruction, PowerPoint, CSSS, 2012)Framework Overview - 20 MinuteA short (20 minute) presentation that gives an overview of the purpose and structure of the Framework. 19 slides. (Framework, Non-specific Audience, PowerPoint, CSSS, 2012)Framework Overview - 60-90 MinuteA slightly longer (60-90 minute) presentation that gives an overview of the purpose and structure of the Framework. 40 slides. (Framework, Non-specific Audience, PowerPoint, CSSS, 2012)Tools for digging deeper into the K-12 Framework for Science Education over longer periods of time2 Day workshop—Practices and Crosscutting ConceptsExternal resourcesTwo-day workshop to develop understanding of the practices and crosscutting concepts.Links to resources outside CSSS (i.e. Achieve, NSTA, NRC, etc.) with important information regarding the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Links include web pages, articles, and recorded webinars.FAQ - Next Generation Science StandardsThis webpage from Achieve answers questions about the background, research, development process and next steps for the Next Generation Science Standards. Source: AchieveNext Generation Science StandardsThis is the official site for the development and dissemination of the NGSS by Achieve, the organization coordinating the writing. Public drafts and the final standards will be posted here. The site also contains supporting documents related to the NGSS writing process. Source: AchieveA Deep Dive Into A Framework for K-12 Science Education (01:18:19)NRC presenters Philip Bell and Heidi Schweingruber explore the Framework’s vision and three dimensions in detail, explaining the evidence upon which the Framework is built. Source: NRCFAQ: Framework for K-12 Science EducationThis website of the National Research Council provides information about many aspects of the Framework, including background, development, content, and implementation. Source: NRCReport Brief: A Framework for K-12 Science StandardsThis six page document provides background of the development of the Framework and an overview of the three dimensions: Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. Source: NRCThe NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education (57:32)On 4/17/2012 Heidi Schweingruber and Tom Keller presented an NRC webinar overview of the Framework for K-12 Science Education. Learn about the Framework, how it was developed, and how it will impact the way science is taught in K-12 classrooms. Source: NRCWebinar: A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Building Understanding Among New and Current Teachers (1:07:17)In this February 2012 NRC webinar, Heidi Schweingruber (National Research Council), Brian Reiser (Northwestern University), and Deborah Smith (The Pennsylvania State University) explore the Framework and dimensions of A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas -- especially the scientific and engineering practices -- and discuss how they can be integrated into the education of new teachers and professional development for current teachers. Source: NRCMSPnet Academy Discussion: The NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education (57:15)Heidi Schweingruber and Philip Bell present and discuss (on 9/15/2011) a recently released National Research Council (NRC) report "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas." This new Framework for K-12 science education calls for a shift in the way science is taught and learned in the United States. Source: NRC, MSPnetDeveloping the next generation science standards: A conversation with Achieve (55:13)Work is progressing to develop the Next Generation Science Standards. This 9/27/2011 webinar provides an overview on the development of these standards, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching and learning. Presented by Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research & Development at Achieve. Source: NRC, MSPnetA Framework for K-12 Science Education (1:13:16)This NSTA Web Seminar took place on July 26, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. The presenters were Dr. Helen Quinn, Dr. Tom Keller, and Brett Moulding from the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy’s team gave an overview of the new Framework, along with background information on the design and potential implications for science standards moving forward. NSTA Executive Director Dr. Francis Eberle provided information about NSTA’s work with the Framework. Source: NSTACore Ideas of Engineering and TechnologyNSTA article from December 2011, provides a summary of the practices section of A Framework for Science Education. It describes the practices, provides background for including “practices” in the Framework, gives a rationale for engineering, and gives an overview of how they could be taught. NSTA http://www.nsta.org/about/standardsupdate/resources/201203_Framework-KrajcikAndMerritt.pdf Engaging Students in Scientific Practices: What does constructing and revising models look like in the science classroom? NSTA article from March 2012 describes a classroom example of building mental models in learning concepts. Source: NSTAEngaging Students in Scientific Practices: What does constructing and revising models look like in the science classroom?NSTA article from March 2012 describes a classroom example of building mental models in learning concepts. Source: NSTAMaking the Transition to Scientific and Engineering Practices: Visiting the Potential of the Next Generation Science Standards (1:10:59)This NSTA Web Seminar took place on October 25, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. Presenting was Dr. Francis Eberle, NSTA Executive Director, Dr. Brian Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and former NSTA President Harold Pratt. In this seminar, the presenters talked about the changes outlined in the new Science Framework and how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will incorporate these changes in ways that will influence classroom practice with a focus on the Science and Engineering Practices. Source: NSTANSTA Guide for Leading a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards, First Public DraftThis document provides resources for study groups of colleagues to have focused discussions about the NGSS. It provides agendas for 3 to 6 hour meetings and suggestions for facilitating such meetings. Source: NSTAThe NSTA Reader’s Guide to the FrameworkThis 35 page booklet unpacks the three key dimensions of the Framework—Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas in each specific discipline—allowing readers to more easily grasp how the NGSS will differ from the current standards. It provides a synopsis of the key ideas, a comparison to NSES, and suggestions for studying the Framework. Source: NSTAThe Second Dimension— Crosscutting ConceptsNSTA article from February 2012 describes the Crosscutting Concepts from A Framework for K-12 Science Education. It provides comparisons to similar ideas in similar documents, describes K-12 progressions and gives ideas of how they could be assessed. Source: NSTANext Generation Science Standards Public Draft (35:59)Video (slides are not visible) of Stephen Pruitt of Achieve, Inc., discussing the Next Generation Science Standards at NSTA's National Conference on Science Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 2012. Source: NSTA, AchieveExploring the New National Research Council's "Framework for K-12 Science EducationThe Center on Instruction held a webinar September 21, 2011 entitled, “Exploring the New National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Science Education," presented by COI-Science Director Craig Strang, along with Vanessa Lujan and Lynn Barakos of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. The webinar highlights significant approaches that have implications for the implementation of science, such as a strong alignment with the Common Core Language Arts Standards focused on disciplinary literacy, the expansion of a broader set of science and engineering practices than described in previous standards and frameworks, and an emphasis on a developmental approach that leads to deeper understanding of a few big ideas in science. Source: Center on InstructionNRC Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (53:35)Dr. Michael Wysession, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University, served as the Leader of the Earth and Space Design team advising the NRC on the Framework document. He is now representing the Earth and Space Sciences in the writing of the Next Generation Science Standards at Achieve, Inc. In his 7/25/2011 webinar presentation, Dr. Wysession discussed the process so far and what lies in store for standards development with an overview of the earth science in the Framework. Source: National Association of Geoscience TeachersNext Generation Science Standards for Today’s Students and Tomorrow’s WorkforceThis 3/14/2012 blog post by Steven Pruitt of Achieve describes the relationship between Career and Technical Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. It describes the implications for CTE and the involvement that CTE is providing in the development of the NGSS. Source: National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education ConsortiumLanguage Demands & Opportunities in Relation to Next Generation Science Standards for ELLs: What Teachers Need to KnowThis paper from Stanford University School of Education highlights challenges and opportunities as English Language Learners engage with the Next Generation Science Standards. The authors discuss in detail how four core science and engineering practices provide opportunities for ELLs: 1. Developing and using models. 2. Developing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering). 3. Engaging in argument from evidence. 4. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information. Authors: Helen Quinn, Okhee Lee, and Guadalupe Valdé Source: Stanford UniversityUsing Complex Text in ScienceHere you will find resources for the April 11, 2012 webinar delivered by the Vermont Department of Education entitled "Using Complex Text in Science." This webinar examines a process for incorporating complex text into science content instruction. Cavendish middle-level teacher, Robin Bebo-Long, and Gail Hall, middle and high school science assessment coordinator at the Department of Education, have collaborated with Marty Gephart, to demonstrate a tool that can deepen student understanding of content, when used as an integrated part of a science unit. Student writing is shown to demonstrate conceptual understandings that can occur. Source: State Education Agency, VermontNGSS Development in KansasMatt Krehbiel, Kansas Science Program Consultant, presenting on Kansas' role as a lead state in the development of NGSS in a recorded webinar 12/20/2011. Source: State Education Agency, KansasImplementing the K-12 Science FrameworkAnita Bernhardt, Science and Technology Specialist from the Maine Department of Education, and Tom Keller, National Academies, provide an overview of the Framework with connections to Maine Science Education (10/20/2011). Source: State Education Agency, Maine
Presentations from BCSSE-RaleighBCSSE Nashville Final AgendaThis is the final agenda from the September 30 and October 1, 2011, BCSSE meeting.Science and Engineering Practices&The Inclusion of Engineering in the FrameworkPhillip Bell, University of Washington, presents on the science and engineering practices with a focus on how engineering was included in the K-12 Framework for Science Education; September 30, 2011.Building Capacity Among State Science Education Leaders Understanding and Using the NRC FrameworkBrett Moulding outlines the goals and objectives of the BCSSE project of CSSS and provides a basic intro to the K-12 Framework for Science Education; September 30, 2011.Understanding the Research BaseHeidi Scheingruber, Deputy Director, Board on Science Education, NRC/NAS, describes the research base that supports the NRC K-12 Framework for Science Education; Oct 1, 2011.Crosscutting Concepts (C3)– Melding Mechanisms, Models, & MindsRichard A. Duschl, Pennsylvania State University, presents on the origins of the science and engineering practices and the crosscutting concepts; September 30, 2011.
BCSSE Raleigh WelcomeOpening powerpoint from BCSSE Raleigh; Jean MoonBCSSE Raleigh ClosingClosing powerpoint from BCSSE Raleigh; Peter McLarenNGSS and the Framework OverviewOverview of the NGSS development process that was delivered by Heidi Schweingruber and Stephen Pruitt on February 24, 2012Crosscutting Concepts and Disciplinary Core IdeasHeidi Schweingruber, Deputy Director, Board on Science Education, NRC/NAS, summarizes the crosscutting concepts and Disciplinary Core Ideas from the K-12 Framework for Science Education; Feb 24, 2012.Research-Practice Partnerships as a Strategy for Supporting Implementation of the NRC Framework and Next Generation Science StandardsBill Penuel, University of Colorado-Boulder, presents on planning for implementation of NGSS and using Research-Practice Partnerships to support the process.Organization of Meeting and Expectations for State TeamsBrett Moulding lays out the outline for BCSSE Raleigh meeting and plans for the future.Building Fluency with Science & Engineering PracticesJonathan Osborne, Stanford University, School of Education, introduces the science and engineering practices from the K-12 Framework for Science Education.What’s Common Across ELA, Math, and Science? The Challenge of “Making Thinking Visible” in the Service of Evidence-Based ArgumentSarah Michaels, Clark University, and Cathy O’Connor, Boston University, presentation on the cross-over between NGSS and the Common Core, specifically focusing on argumentation and ways to make thinking more visible.The Next Generation of Science Standards: Preliminary Reflections on AssessmentsRodger Bybee reflects on the potential implications NGSS may have on future science assessments.BCSSE Raleigh Welcome--PeterPeter McLaren welcomes us to the future!What We Need in Curriculum Materials for the NRC Framework and NGSSBrian Reiser, Northwestern University, outlines what will be needed from curriculum materials in the future to support effective implementation.The NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education: Implications for Teacher Knowledge and Science TeachingBrian Reiser, Northwestern University, outlines the implications of the K-12 Framework for Science Education and the NGSS for preservice and inservice professional learning for teachers.BCSSE Raleigh Final AgendaThis is the final agenda from the February 24-25, 2012, BCSSE meeting.