Next Generation of Pearson Science Programs Underway
April 12, 2013. The long-awaited Next Generation Science Standards aimed at makingAmerica’s students — now #12 globally in science — competitive with their global peers were unveiled this week. Led by the non-profit organization ACHIEVE, 26 states worked together with a 41-member writing team and partners to develop the standards which identify science and engineering practices and content that all K-12 students should master in order to be fully prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.
Kelly McGrath, science editor for Pearson, said, “More than 1 million educators across the US are teaching science to our K-12 students. Throughout the education community, we need to consider the enormity of the challenge that districts face to ensure that they are prepared to teach to these new standards.” She added, “The new standards are a transformation from how we have approached science education in the past. New curriculum materials will help students with critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that will prepare them for jobs and ensure that they become competitive in our technology-driven global economy.”
Dr. Michael Wysession, the high school and middle school Earth and Space Science lead writer for the Next Generation Science Standards and co-author of the “Interactive Science” K-8 curriculum said, “There is going to be a big shift toward more big-picture thinking, more systems thinking, observing, being analytical—in short, thinking instead of memorizing.”
McGrath said, “For more than a year, our team of science authors and experts have been following development of the new standards, attending publisher meetings that the National Research Council and ACHIEVE have hosted, coordinating with the National Science Teachers Association, and working with science teachers across the country. Pearson has assembled a Science Teacher Advisory Board to provide first-hand support during the transition to the new standards. Science faculty representing 20 states will be working with the Pearson teams to help teachers with this monumental transition.”
To help begin the transition, Pearson is immediately offering a range of training to help science teachers, administrators, and parents familiarize themselves with the NGSS. Meanwhile, Pearson is creating the next generation of its print and digital science programs to support the new science standards. For more information go to: www.pearsonschool.com/ngss.
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