The NCSLA Fall Membership Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 1 pm to 8 pm at the Mariott Winston-Salem.
Professional Development Session 1 pm - 4 pm
Preparing North Carolina for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Vice President, Content, Research and Development at Achieve, will lead a professional development session centered on the Next Generation Science Standards scheduled to be adopted by North Carolina in 2013. After an up-to-date description of where we are with the new standards, Dr. Pruitt will facilitate table discussions immersing us in the structure of the Framework and NGSS draft.
Stephen Pruitt is the Vice President for Content, Research and Development at Achieve. He is leading the development of the Next Generation Science 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 (GaDOE) as the 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 April 2009, Stephen became Chief of Staff to State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, coordinating the work of the agency and a variety of projects such as Georgia's third-ranked Race to the Top application.
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 Academies of Science’s Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards, which has developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education. This document is the basis for the development of the Next Generation Science Standards. A native Georgian, Stephen earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Georgia College and State University, a master’s in science education from the University of West Georgia, and a doctorate of philosophy in chemistry education from Auburn University.
Dinner Meeting 5 pm - 8 pm
Teaching the E in STEM
Our dinner speaker is Dr. Patiricia Simmons, head of the Department of Math, Science, and Technology Education at North Carolina State University and former NSTA President.
Patricia E. Simmons is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Teachers Association and is also a Professor and Head of the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education at North Carolina State University. She was the inaugural holder of the William R. Orthwein, Jr. Professorship of Life-long Learning in the Sciences at the University of Missouri- St. Louis, a special endowed professorship between the University of Missouri and the St. Louis Science Center. She received a BS in Secondary Education, a Masters degree in Biological Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. Dr. Simmons, a former high school science teacher, moved into higher education when she joined the Department of Science Education at the University of Georgia.
Much of her scholarship focuses on the role of technology in science education and science teacher education. Among her publications are articles in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, The Science Teacher, American Biology Teacher, book chapters, and an edited volume for the NSTA. She received awards for excellence in teaching and in science education at the University of Georgia and the University of Missouri, and by the Association for Science Teacher Education and National Science Teachers Association. In 2007 Dr. Simmons was honored with the Trustees Award from the St. Louis Academy of Science, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the Academy in its mission of promoting the practice and understanding of science, engineering and technology, and became a Fellow in 2008. Dr. Simmons served as President of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Secretary of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, and recently completed a year as President of the National Science Teachers Association.
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