Our five invited NSTA guests are members of NGSS Writing Teams
Special Sunday Breakfast Event
In keeping with the conference theme of Transforming Innovations into Reality, STANYS and NSTA are jointly hosting a breakfast panel discussion.
The panelists, all NSTA authors and NGSS writers will interact with attendees to offer ideas on distributed leadership. Transformation is best served from empowerment and distributed leadership and are necessary components to achieve the new vision of science education.
Look for this option on the Conference Registration Form when you register for the conference.
Dr. Rodger Bybee
NGSS Writing Team Leader: Dr. Rodger Bybee
Dr. Rodger W. Bybee is Chair of the Science Forum and Science Expert Group. He was former Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs. He was executive director of the National Research Council’s Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education, participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and chaired the content working group of that National Research Council project. Dr. Bybee was principal investigator for four National Science Foundation elementary, middle, biology and college programs. He was professor of education at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and active in education for more than forty years, having taught science at the elementary, secondary, and college levels. Dr. Bybee has written widely, publishing in both education and psychology.
NGSS Writing Team Member: Mary Colson
Mary Colson is a middle-level Earth science teacher in Moorhead Public Schools in Minnesota. During her 27 years of classroom teaching, she has engaged students with the big ideas of Earth science through authentic explorations in the field and lab, typically developing her own curriculum and activities. She is coauthor of Learning to Read the Earth and Sky: Explorations Supporting the NGSS and a contributing author to Preparing Teachers for Three-Dimensional Instruction, both published by NSTA Press. In addition to teaching, Mary has been a professional development facilitator for the National Science Teachers Association. She was a member of the NGSS writing team, has served on NSTA’s Council of District Directors, and is a former president of the Minnesota Science Teachers Association. She received the Medtronic Foundation Science Teaching Award for Middle Level Science in Minnesota.
Dr. Richard Duschl
NGSS Writing Team Member: Dr. Richard Duschl
Unfortunently, Dr. Duschl has a conflict and will not be able to participate in the Conference Breakfast Panel.
Moderator and NGSS Writing Team Leader:
Moderator Peter McLaren is the Executive Director of Next Gen Education, LLC and works as a consultant with states and districts in support of the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and other 3D state science standards. He served in several roles pertaining to science education policy including Director of the State and District Support for Science at Achieve, Science and Technology Specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education and past President of the Council of State Science Supervisor. He was a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards, the National Academy of Engineering' Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education committee, and the National Academy of Science Committee for Developing Assessments for the NGSS. He has been a part of a Hawaii Department of Education funded professional learning project (PLEASE). McLaren was a teacher of science for 13 years at both the high-and middle-school level and recognized with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and the Rhode Island Science Teacher of the Year by the MIT-sponsored Network of Educators of Science and Technology.
NGSS Writing Team Member: Okhee Lee
Okhee Lee is a Professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is currently leading collaborative research to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards in order to promote science learning and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.