Michael Novak is a middle school science teacher in Morton Grove IL and Adjunct Faculty at Northwestern University. He is a 2014 Golden Apple Fellow and a National Board Certified teacher. Novak is a facilitator and member of the design team for the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX) [ngsx.org], a web-based professional development system designed to help educators grow in their understanding of three-dimensional learning. Novak has worked with partnerships in multiple states to develop NGSS-aligned storyline based curriculum materials as a senior curriculum developer with the Northwestern Storylines Project [nextgenstorylines.org].
Brian J. Reiser, Ph.D
Brian J. Reiser is Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Reiser was a member of the National Research Council committees authoring the reports Taking Science to School (2007); A Framework for K-12 Science Education (2012), which guided the design of The Next Generation Science Standards; and Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards (2014). Reiser's research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Reiser leads the Scientific Practices project studying how students learn to construct, apply, and refine scientific knowledge with increasing sophistication from elementary to middle school. Reiser co-led the development of IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), a three-year middle school curriculum that supports students in science practices to develop disciplinary core ideas.
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