National Science Teachers Association
Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) First Public Draft

Dr. Karen L. Ostlund
Dr. Karen L. Ostlund Dr. Karen Ostlund is president of NSTA. She began serving her one-year term on June 1, 2012. Ostlund is retired from the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the director of Uteach/Dell Center for New Teacher Success. Currently, she serves on the advisory council for the Natural Sciences Center at the University of Texas at Austin and is an adjunct professional developer at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley.


A dedicated and passionate member of the science education community, Ostlund brings more than 35 years of leadership and teaching experience to NSTA. She began her professional career as a classroom teacher in Minnesota before moving to Texas to become a professor of science education at the University of Texas at Tyler. In 1985, Ostlund left the University of Texas at Tyler to accept a position as professor of science education at Texas State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, Ostlund was the director of the Science Education Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.


An NSTA life member and recipient of the NSTA Distinguished Teaching Award, Ostlund has contributed extensively to the association. Ostlund has served on the advisory board for NSTA's Science and Children journal, worked on the program committee for the 1998 NSTA Area Conference in Albuquerque, and was the local arrangements chair for the 1995 NSTA Area Conference in San Antonio. Additionally, she was a contributor to the 1997 resource book, NSTA Pathways to the Science Standards; has presented annually at NSTA conferences since 1984; and was a member of the Children's Book Council.


Dr. Stephen Pruitt
Stephen Pruitt Stephen Pruitt is a Senior vice President with Achieve, Inc., where he has been leading the development of the Next Generation Science Education Standards. Stephen began his career as a high school chemistry teacher in Georgia, where he taught for 12 years. In 2003, he joined the Georgia Department of Education as program manager for science. He served in that role for four years before becoming director of academic standards, where he oversaw the continued implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards in all content areas. In 2008 he became the Associate Superintendent of Assessment and Accountability, responsible for directing all state assessments and overseeing the No Child Left Behind accountability process.


In addition to his state-level work, Stephen also served as president of the Council of State Science Supervisors and a member of the writing team for the College Board's Standards for College Success Science Standards. Most recently, he served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which is developing the framework for the Next-Generation Science Education Standards.




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