UW Institute for Science and Math Education Updates
The UW Institute for Science and Math Education is in its third year developing and running collaborative R&D projects that leverage our best research accounts to improve practice in areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational with an equity focus. The Institute has just launched a new web site that describes its efforts and partners. Please visit us at http://sciencemathpartnerships.org
Deep Dive Webinar into the Framework for Next-Gen Science Standards
New standards are being developed to guide improvements in science education. Philip Bell and Heidi Schweingruber (from the National Academy of Sciences, NAS) recently gave a deep dive webinar on the recently released National Research Council (NRC) report "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas." Bell served on the NRC/NAS committee that created the Framework which outlines a consensus vision for how to improve K-12 science education. With financial support coming from the Carnegie Corp of NY, the Framework is currently being used to shape the state-led development of Next Generation Science Standards through Achieve.
NRC Framework and NGSS
The Institute for Science and Math Education has been deeply involved in the development and implementation of the vision outlined in the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). During the annual meetings of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) in March, the national organization of state science education officials, the Institute’s Philip Bell and Andrew Shouse were active on several fronts.
Shouse convened two invited sessions at NARST to examine the research opportunities associated with the Framework and NGSS, and the emergent opportunities for collaboration between state agencies and researchers as the science education community prepares for implementation of NGSS. These sessions featured analysis from leaders in science education, including Philip Bell. For his portion of the sessions Bell joined forces with OSPI’s Ellen Ebert to discuss how researchers and OSPI are working together to prepare for the standards and to build capacity among science education leadership in the state around the vision in the Framework. Shouse and Bell also collaborated with CSSS leadership to offer a plenary session during CSSS’s annual meeting which further established models for future collaboration across science education research and policy organizations. Bell and Shouse also joined fellow board members of Building Capacity in State Science Education for a strategy session during the concurrent NARST and CSSS conferences. BCSSE is a privately funded effort to provide sustained support for state science education leaders across the country and other important stakeholders in K-12 science education.