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  • Improving Dialogue between Scientists & Educators: Implications for NGSS

    Saturday, March 9, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    The Rockefeller University, Greenberg Auditorium — New York City

    Presented by Rockefeller University, Science Education Initiative, Science & the City, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University

    The United States is falling behind when it comes to science education. The current standards on which K–12 science curricula is built is inconsistent across the states, and often very vague, leaving many teachers without the appropriate guidance. To address these issues, many states, including NY, have joined forces to come up with a set of voluntary standards intended to significantly improve how science is presented and taught to students. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are based on the National Research Council's Framework for K-12 Education, will be ready for state adoption this winter. Will scientists and educators be ready? At this event, we will provide many opportunities to discuss the different facets of NGSS, as well as highlight innovative ways to bring science into the classroom. The ultimate goal is to improve the dialogue between educators and scientists in order to help best prepare our future generations and improve science literacy in the US.

    Keynote Address:Chris Emdin, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and Director of Secondary School Initiatives at the Urban Science Education Center in NY
    Panel Discussion:Makers, DIY, and Video Games: Self-directed learning in the NGSS Classroom
    Breakout Session 1:What will the NGSS Mean for Scientists?
    Breakout Session 2:Teachers and Principals Update on the NGSS
    Breakout Session 3:Teaching Critical Thinking Outside the Science Classroom

    *Reception to follow.

    Keynote Speaker

    Chris Emdin, PhD

    Teachers College Columbia University


    Marc David Barnhill

    New York University

    Martin Chalfie, PhD

    Columbia University

    Jennifer Childress, PhD

    Achieve, Inc.

    Sean Cusack

    Learnosaurus, Inc.

    Vikram Kapila, PhD

    Polytechnic Institute of New York University

    Denise McNamara, PhD

    New York City Department of Education

    Registration Pricing

    The meeting is free, but registration is required.