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'Next Generation Science Standards: Improving Dialogue between Scientists and Educators'

New York Academy of Sciences

Please join us for a special event on Improving Dialogue between Scientists & Educators: Implications for NGSS

WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

WHERE: The Rockefeller University, Greenberg Auditorium -- New York City

PRESENTED BY: Rockefeller University, Science Education Initiative, Science & the City (a program of the New York Academy of Sciences), 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 are built are 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



The meeting is free, but registration is required. Please register at

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