Julia Reynolds, an assistant professor at Duke University, will be joining the CREATE CRCSTL Seminar, Dr. Reynolds will be talking about despite substantial evidence that writing can be an effective tool to promote student learning and engagement, writing-to-learn practices are still not widely implemented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, particularly at research universities.
Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development of Achieve will provide an update on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including process and timeline for release of drafts and final documents, revisions based on the first public release, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching. State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will give remarks before the presentation. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the development of NGSS is a joint effort of the National Research Council and Achieve Inc., in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), to design the foundation for all students to have a solid K–12 science education. NGSS will comprise K–12 science standards created through a collaborative process led by Michigan and 25 other lead partner states. The NGSS developers, Achieve, and NSTA encourage educators to review the final public draft, which is available online at http://www.nextgenscience.org, and provide feedback online to Achieve prior to January 29. The final standards are expected to be released in late March.Dr. Pruitt oversees the development of NGSS. His presentation will be followed by a reception at 5:30 pm. This event is free but please RSVP by January 21st, 2013 to Megan at (517) email@example.com or to Melissa at (517) 353-8950.
Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development of Achieve provided an update on the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), including process and timeline for release of drafts and final documents, revisions based on the first public release, how science educators can be involved, and implications for science teaching. Powerpoint presentation from Dr. Pruitt's talk can be downloaded from our materials page at http://create4stem.msu.edu/events/materials .
Researchers (graduate students, post-docs and faculty) in education and the science disciplines are invited to join a CREATE for STEM reading group that will meet throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. The reading group will read and discuss STEM education documents relevant to education researchers in the STEM disciplines and College of Education.
Dr. Kristen Bieda presented on strengthening developmental mathematics education at MSU through a strategic partnership with Teacher Education. Along with Dr. Steven Wolf, Dr. Bieda described the preliminary results from a new instructional model piloted in a section of MTH 100E, a face-to-face enrichment section accompanying MTH 1825 (a non-credit, online intermediate algebra course) for students most at-risk of failing MTH 1825. The section was taught by pre-service teachers (PSTs) from MSU’s secondary mathematics teacher preparation program.
Dr. Katherine McNeill will present on recent reform documents and research including a focus on argumentation, making the case that students should be able to construct and defend their claims using evidence as well as critique arguments presented by others. Also to engage students in argumentation, teachers themselves need support to develop new knowledge and teaching skills. Educative curriculum materials offer one potential avenue for support; however, creating these resources is challenging, and numerous external and internal factors cause teachers to enact curricula in different ways. To better support teachers' curriculum enactments, we need to understand teachers' decision making around scientific argumentation. The title of her talk is: Teachers’ scientific argumentation instruction: Factors that impact instructional practices during a curriculum enactment.