The National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) invite you to attend a Summer Leadership Institute, June 24–28, 2012 in Austin, Texas. This immersive experience will bring together scores of individual science educators, teams (leaders and teachers), and administrators to explore the K–12 Framework and draft Next Generation Science Standards and:
- determine key features of each, noting comparisons, contrasts and shifts in focus,
- identify the “next steps,” develop a deep understanding of supporting research for reform,
- engage in the use of models and vignettes to demonstrate the practice of science,
- apply new knowledge to each participant’s own unique professional environment,
- build an action plan for implementation.
Featured speakers will share their insights throughout the four-day Institute, and many differentiated breakout sessions provide smaller groups the ability to challenge the status quo and build a personal or team plan of action for implementation into their classrooms, schools, and districts. Breakout sessions will be facilitated by individuals who are on the NGSS writing teams and will offer first-hand knowledge of both the content and the intent of the standards.
- Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education, has been featured in thePhiladelphia Inquirer and was recently highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching which termed Lance “the best teacher in Philadelphia.” Lance spearheaded many statewide initiatives including Keystones, a program recognized as a success story in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan, and eSPARC, a research endeavor called the “gold” standard of scientifically-based research by eSchool News.
- Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.- Vice President, Content, Research and Development, Director of Science, Achieve. Pruitt is leading the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.
- Harold Pratt was President of NSTA in 2001-2002 and a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council where he helped to develop the National Science Education Standards. He has co-authored or directed the development of three science textbooks and published numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently a science education consultant and serves as an advisor to NSTA on standards-related efforts.
- Dr. Martin Storksdieck is director of the Board on Science Education at the National Research Council where he oversees a wide range of studies related to science education and science learning. His prior research focused on informal or free-choice learning, including learning science from media and connecting schools and out-of-school settings.
- Sam Zigrossi works with education systems that partner with the Dana Center as well as providing direct client services to leaders in education. Previously, Zigrossi had a 29-year career with IBM holding positions such as education manager, personnel director, site services director, and education client executive. He represented IBM in its education outreach program, which donated over $1 million to school systems.
Visit http://www.nsta.org/pd/nsela/ for an agenda, biographies of the speakers, and to register for this outstanding opportunity.