Boston is a city of history and rich expectations for learning. What better place for the 2014 NSELA PDI? Remarkably, we are experiencing a benchmark in the timeline of science education this year with many states implementing or preparing to implement the Next Generation Science Standards. This benchmark is both historical and a stage for great learning for both educators and students.
Leading the Way for the Next Generation is the theme of our professional development institute on April 2, 2014 in Boston. Educators at all levels will engage in personal learning with prominent science educators to:
1) Deepen understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with a specific focus on the use of science and engineering practices to promote understanding of the disciplinary core ideas in science,
2) Explore challenges regarding the transition to the NGSS and will experience professional development and instructional tools to support classroom instruction,
3) Become more familiar with leadership strategies and competencies required to support colleagues in the implementation of NGSS.
Dr. Brian Reiser, Northwestern University, will be the keynote speaker. His topic is Building Your Toolbox for Effective NGSS Implementation begins the day's journey of gathering tools for instructional and professional practice. Breakout session facilitators include Kristin Sargianis, Museum of Science, Boston, Jim Short, Gottesman Center for Science Teaching and Learning & Kathy DiRanna, K-12 Alliance, WestEd, Peter McLaren, Rhode Island Department of Education, Kirsten Daehler & Staceylyn Machi, WestEd, and Karen Cerwin and Jo Topps, WestEd. Christine Cunningham from the Museum of Science, Boston will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon speaking on Engineering Education for the Next Generation.
Registration for the NSELA PDI is open. You can register online or download a registration form - http://www.nsela.net/pdi. See you in Boston!
There is a board meeting on Jan 25th in Raleigh/Merideth College. Usually this meeting is about the budget.
There is a board/council retreat in February in Arlington Feb 20th/21st. Registration is open for NSTA National Conference in Boston. Here is the link for more details: http://www.nsta.org/conferences/