Building Scientific Community Support for the Next Generation Science Standards

Wednesday, 16 December 2015: 16:30
104 (Moscone South)
Susan M Sullivan, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, Aida A. Awad, Maine Township High School District 207, Park Ridge, IL, United States and Edward Robeck, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA, United States
The Next Generation Science Standards offer an opportunity to teach Earth and space science in ways that are closer to how scientists practice, and more relevant to students and to societal issues. However, the level of scientific community involvement required to capitalize on this opportunity is high. Building on the results of the Summit Meeting on the Implementation of the NGSS at the State Level , this presentation proposes a set of mechanisms and practices by which the NGSS Earth and space science community can support NGSS implementation at the national, state and local levels. Based on work with summit attendees, classroom teachers, informal educators and undergraduate faculty, this presentation proposes ways to build a network of practitioners with shared communication, approaches and resources. A set of mechanisms whereby the community can build relationships and share practices will be described, along with an emerging set of strategies for supporting groups as they take the first steps into implementation.