Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
First Public Draft
Dr. 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
Dr. Gerald F. Wheeler
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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