What School District Leaders Should Know

In this webinar, national science education experts discuss and answer questions about district- and school-wide implementation of effective, remote hands-on science instruction. They engage in lively and practical conversations about remote student collaboration, student-centered instruction, and remote lab investigations.

They discuss how the NGSS standards can be met with remote instruction as well as its unanticipated benefits. An innovative solution for remote and physically distanced high school biology and chemistry labs is also presented.

Presenters:

Brett Moulding

Brett Moulding taught chemistry for 20 years at Roy High School in Utah. He later served at the Utah State Office of Education for 15 years; first as the state science education specialist and curriculum coordinator, then as director of curriculum and instruction. Brett was on the National Academies’ Board on Science Education (BOSE) from 2004 to 2012.

Brett was a member of the National Academies’ committee that developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education, a lead writer on the Next Generation Science Standards, and Co-Chair of the NASEM BOSE Committee that developed the report Science and Engineering for 6-12 Education: Investigations and Design at the Center.

Brett has provided professional development across the U.S. in support of science teaching and learning, and co-authored multiple books to help teachers implement science instruction consistent with the Framework and NGSS including: 1) Teaching Science is Phenomenal, 2) A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning, and 3) Engaging Students in Science Investigation Using GRC. These books provide educators with insights into effective instructional strategies for engaging students in three-dimensional science learning. He was a member of the CSSS committee that developed the 2017 Science Professional Learning Standards.

Brett Moulding can be reached at mouldingb@ogdensd.org.

Presenters:

Brett Moulding

Brett Moulding taught chemistry for 20 years at Roy High School in Utah. He later served at the Utah State Office of Education for 15 years; first as the state science education specialist and curriculum coordinator, then as director of curriculum and instruction. Brett was on the National Academies’ Board on Science Education (BOSE) from 2004 to 2012.

Brett was a member of the National Academies’ committee that developed the Framework for K-12 Science Education, a lead writer on the Next Generation Science Standards, and Co-Chair of the NASEM BOSE Committee that developed the report Science and Engineering for 6-12 Education: Investigations and Design at the Center.

Brett has provided professional development across the U.S. in support of science teaching and learning, and co-authored multiple books to help teachers implement science instruction consistent with the Framework and NGSS including: 1) Teaching Science is Phenomenal, 2) A Vision and Plan for Science Teaching and Learning, and 3) Engaging Students in Science Investigation Using GRC. These books provide educators with insights into effective instructional strategies for engaging students in three-dimensional science learning. He was a member of the CSSS committee that developed the 2017 Science Professional Learning Standards.

Brett Moulding can be reached at mouldingb@ogdensd.org.

Kristen Dotti

Kristen Dotti is a geneticist by training and a classroom teacher who has spent 27 years teaching high school AP and IB science and mathematics. She writes full-year and case study curricula using exclusively hands-on methods for implementing student-centered, NGSS practices. For the last 15 years she has worked with schools and districts on long-term improvement plans for the professional development of faculty, focusing in particular on increasing the level of student engagement and critical thinking.

Please contact Kristen at Kristen.dotti@catalystlearningcurricula.com or visit www.CatalystLearningCurricula.com for more information on how she can help your teachers.

Hedi Baxter Lauffer, PhD

Dr. Hedi Baxter Lauffer is a science educator and learning researcher. Her interests focus on supporting teachers though curriculum and professional development to design and implement science lessons that are intellectually compelling and rigorous for ALL learners to advance science literacy and diversity in the scientific community. Lauffer has been working for the past ten years as co-director of the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison–a 30+ year old outreach Program in the Department of Plant Pathology.

Lauffer’s early career experiences include teaching and National Board Certification in high school biology, followed by working as a curriculum and professional developer for the nonprofit, Biological Studies Curriculum Studies (BSCS). Lauffer also co-directed Disciplinary Learning in Science for the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. More recently, Lauffer’s work involves facilitating collaborative curriculum design and development processes that she co-developed with collaborators in Los Angeles Unified School District, community members and educators in the Menominee Nation, and New York teachers and scientists involved with a NASA-funded Mars project.

For more information about Wisconsin Fast Plants or assistance incorporating teaching and learning with Fast Plants into your curricula, please contact Hedi Baxter Lauffer at hfbaxter@wisc.edu

Mark W Meszaros, PhD

Mark is Vice President of Product Management and Innovation at Carolina Biological Supply Company. He earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin and MBA at the University of Chicago. He spent his early career as a research chemist with Amoco Chemical. He joined Flinn Scientific in the 1994 as Vice President Technical Services and oversaw the development of many of their safety programs, teacher resource manuals, and kits. After 12 years, he left and taught AP Chemistry for 2 years before joining Ward’s Science as Vice President. He has been with Carolina Biological for 10 years and has focused on integrating digital and hands-on labs, developing labs that meet NGSS, and creating innovative remote and distance learning kits.

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