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.
Through the generous funding provided by Eli Lilly Corporation, Merck Institute for Science Education, and Dow AgroSciences, the Council of State Science Supervisors will be conducting the third Building Capacity in State Science Education (BCSSE) conference on October 12th and 13th, 2012 at the J.W.Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. This conference is devoted to developing models for professional development to build states’ capacity to advance the vision of the NRC’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the state’s efforts to build implementation plans for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). As part of the second phase of BCSSE, this conference supports state-based implementation with a focus on the role of informal science education and business partnerships as teams explore the implications of the NGSS on the classroom and systems of science education.
State teams including representation of the informal science education and business communities.