National Science Teachers Association
Making the Transition to Scientific and Engineering Practices: Visiting the potential of the Next Generation Science Standards

Dr. Brian J. Reiser
Dr. Brian J. Reiser Brian J. Reiser (Ph.D. 1983, Cognitive Science, Yale) is Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Reiser’s research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. This design research investigates the cognitive and social interaction elements of learning environments supporting scientific practices, and design principles for technology-infused curricula that embed science learning in investigations of contextualized data-rich problems. Reiser leads the MoDeLS project (Modeling Designs for Learning Science), to develop an empirically-based learning progression for the practice of scientific modeling, and BGuILE (Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments), developing software tools for supporting students in analyzing biological data and constructing explanations. Reiser is also on the leadership team for IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), a collaboration with the University of Michigan developing a middle school project-based science curriculum. Professor Reiser was a founding member of the first graduate program in Learning Sciences, created at Northwestern, and chaired the program from 1993, shortly after its inception, until 2001. He was co-principal investigator in the NSF Center for Curriculum Materials in Science, exploring the design and enactment of science curriculum materials, and served on the NRC panels authoring the reports Taking Science to School (2007) and Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (2011).


Dr. Francis Q. Eberle
Dr. Francis Q. Eberle Dr. Francis Q. Eberle is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels. Before joining the association’s staff in September 2008, Dr. Eberle served as executive director of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving mathematics and science education in that state.


Harold Pratt
Harold Pratt Harold Pratt served as President of NSTA in 2001-2002 and as Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council where he helped to develop the National Science Education Standards. Other positions included Project Director at BSCS, Executive Director of Curriculum for the Jefferson County (CO) Public Schools in Colorado. He has co-authored or directed the development of three science textbooks, a book on educational leadership, and published numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently a science education consultant and serves as an advisor to NSTA on standards-related efforts.





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