Deciphering the NGSS for High School Grades on from Dubai time
This webinar will serve as an introduction to the architecture of NGSS in grades 9-12, and how these standards differ from most previous curricular requirements.
About the facilitator
Paula Messina is the Director of the Science Education Program and a Professor of Geology at San José State University in California. Prior to her career at SJSU, Dr. Messina was a high school Earth science teacher in New York City for twenty years.
In 2010, Dr. Messina was invited to join the writing team for what is now known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Her work in this 41-member committee helped develop a new three-dimensional architecture for pre-college science standards, based on the U.S. National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education (2011).
Completed in 2013, NGSS has been adopted by 13 states and U.S. territories, and is being implemented in schools in the international arena. In 2014, Dr. Messina and three other NGSS writing team members were invited by KDSL to design and present at the first NGSS Professional Development Conference in Dubai.
Dr. Messina has served on the College Board's Science Academic Advisory Committee (2008 to 2014) and was part of the curriculum development team for the AP Environmental Science Redesign Project (2006 to 2008). Dr. Messina also participates in several educational outreach endeavors, through consulting work with various geoscience-related educational television networks, publishers, as a special consultant for WestEd, and as a member of the Board of Directors for California Earth Science Teachers Association (CalESTA).
Dr. Messina’s areas of professional interest include pre-college science education, online learning strategies, desert processes, and Quaternary geology, reflecting her current dual academic appointment. Her geoscience-related research has been featured in National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines; her inquiry-based science education strategies have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and featured at national science teacher conferences.