Exploring the New National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education

The Center on Instruction hosted a webinar on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 2–3 pm Eastern, entitled “Exploring the New National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education”

10.05.11—This webinar was presented by BaySci staff Craig Strang, Vanessa Lujan, and Lynn Barakos of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

This Framework, released July 19th, is the first step towards creating new standards in K–12 science education and represents an evolutionary step forward for science teaching and learning. The webinar highlights significant approaches that have implications for the implementation of science in every state and the development of a whole new set of standards in the near future. These approaches include such examples as:

  • strong alignment with the Common Core Language Arts Standards focused on disciplinary literacy
  • the expansion of a broader set of science and engineering practices than described in previous standards and frameworks
  • an emphasis on a developmental approach that leads to deeper understanding of a few big ideas in science.
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