National Science Teachers Association
A Framework for K-12 Science Education

This Web Seminar took place on July 26, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenters were Dr. Helen Quinn, Dr. Tom Keller, and Brett Moulding from the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy’s team gave an overview of the new frameworks, along with background information on their design and potential implications for science standards moving forward. NSTA Executive Director Dr. Francis Eberle provided information about NSTA’s work with the frameworks.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program was created to give participants a ‘first look’ at the new science frameworks and provide a chance to ask questions of the development team. Dr. Tom Keller opened the program by talking about the National Academy of Sciences and the teams that worked on the frameworks document. Dr. Helen Quinn described the general structure of the frameworks and offered insight into the development process. Brett Moulding discussed the implications of the frameworks for states. Dr. Francis Eberle talked about NSTA’s contributions up to this point and plans for future involvement as the project continues to unfold.

Eight hundred and twenty-six (826) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Eleven participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Canada, Germany, Latvia, Nicaragua, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad & Tobago and Turkey.

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Has helped me understand more about the New Science Standards and about what the framework entails.”
  • “Good information to start the view of the next generation of science teaching and learning.”
  • “I will be participating in curriculum mapping at our school and in shaping our K-8 science education. This information will be valuable in making decisions about the future as well as in guiding my own classroom teaching right now.”
  • “I am a teacher working as a curriculum specialist for grades K-6 in Ohio. The information is both valuable and relevant to my work with science teachers in my district as well as my work with implementation of revised science standards on the horizon.”
  • “Good overview that makes the document more useable. Good use of interactive participant that involved hundreds of participants.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation