How to Lead a Study Group on Next Generation Science Standards
(NGSS) First Public Draft
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.
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
Ted Willard is a Program Director for NSTA. In that role, he oversees the COMPASS
Project which is an effort to support teachers in implementation of the Next Generation
Prior to joining NSTA this winter, Ted spent 12 years at Project 2061. There he
was responsible for the development of the growth-of-understanding maps published
in Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 2. The maps in Atlas portray the relationships
between specific learning goals and show how students’ understanding of key science
ideas and skills might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade. Ted also was
involved in many other areas of Project 2061’s efforts towards standards-based education
reform including curriculum resources development, assessment development, and science
education research. He contributed to several National Science Digital Library projects
and led Project 2061’s “Using Atlas of Science Literacy” workshops and other professional
Earlier in his career, Ted spent five years teaching high school physics at a boarding
school in Asheville, North Carolina and five years editing elementary and high school
science textbooks for the Globe Book Company (now part of Pearson) and Harcourt
Brace (now part of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
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