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New Information on Science Standards – June 9, 2011 at 3:15pm


Good news for administrators and other educational leaders interested in effective science curriculum!
June 9, 2011 at 3:15pm

Recently mathematics and English Language Arts standards went through national review and development leading to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the national science community is developing Next Generation Science Standards that could also be commonly adopted by states. This work will take place on an aggressive timeline. Achieve, Inc., who led the development of the CCSS, expects to deliver the new science standards sometime in the summer or fall of 2012. These standards are a natural progression from the National Science Education Standards, Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and Maine Learning Results which inform our current classroom practice.

This webinar will focus on the upcoming release of the Conceptual Framework from the National Academies and the Board of Science Education.  The Conceptual Framework will redefine the vision for Science education and serve as the blueprint for Achieve’s development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Please join us to understand the timeline for this work and understand how you can provide input into the development of the Next Generation of Science Standards.  To register, select the webcasts tab above and scroll down to June Webcasts. Click the time to be directed to online registration.

  1. Robert Dow
    May 24th, 2011 at 15:22 | #1

    My district has been asking us to develop Standards Based lessons and Assessments all year, is paying this summer to work on Units and is telling us to use the MLR’s. Will we be wasting our time and money? Will we have to redevelop our units if and when the state of Maine adopts the new standards?

    Thank you!

  2. May 24th, 2011 at 19:37 | #2

    @Robert Dow

    Just as the Math and Language Arts content standards have been readdressed by Common Core, and adopted by the State Legislature, the Next Generation of Science Standards will come our way. All the good work you are doing is based on what we have before us now, and that is based on Maine teachers’ interpretation of what science content students should know.
    The MLR have been revised once already, and folks have not had to throw out what they have done to align with the revisions. Revisit, yes…throw out, no. I would suggest that you either attend the webinar or the recording and make your own judgement. In addition, MLTI is holding a Summer Institute at Bowdoin – one of the strands is based on aligning science curriculum with standards…there will be new information then, and participants will be able to work on standards-based unit development.
    I hope this helps with your anticipated frustration.

  3. Sally Brooker
    June 7th, 2011 at 10:30 | #3

    Why don’t we wait and see what the national test is going to cover before we develop standards. I hope they aren’t going to expect us to teach a left wing agenda. This is dangerous territory!

  4. Phil Brookhouse
    June 7th, 2011 at 12:16 | #4

    @Sally Brooker
    Many people think it is important to understand the whys and wherefores of content standards as they are being developed. This webinar explains the reasoning and research, the timeline, and the potential benefits of the work on the new national standards. It is being offered especially for the people involved in local curriculum planning so they can get a better idea of the process, and be better prepared to develop their own science scope and sequence.

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