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

Dr. Stephen Pruitt
Stephen Pruitt Stephen Pruitt was named Vice President for Content, Research, and Development for Achieve, Inc., in November 2010. He joined Achieve as director of science in July 2010. In addition to this role, he will continue to lead 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.

Dr. Gerald F. Wheeler
Stephen Pruitt Dr. Wheeler is the interim executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Wheeler served as the executive director of NSTA for 13 years, retiring from the association in August 2008. Since his retirement from NSTA, Wheeler has continued to be an active and prominent leader in science education.

During his tenure at NSTA, Wheeler was instrumental in the formation and implementation of NSTA's long-term vision to guide the association's efforts within the science education community and to make its voice known in the national policy arena. Wheeler also helped increase the association’s membership significantly, particularly among new science teachers.

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