Scientific and engineering practices offer next step

More than 300 educators participated in regional Dine and Discuss events during January and February to learn more about the Framework for K-12 Science Education. It is reasonable to ask, “What comes after this initial awareness?”  Focusing on the Scientific and Engineering Practices seems like a natural next step.

There are two great tools that can assist us in learning more about the science and engineering practices, an article by Rodger Bybee and a reading guide by Harold Pratt. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) published both of these resources and have made them available to member and non-members alike.  Bybee’s article, “Scientific and Engineering Practices in the K-12 Classroom” offers in-depth comparison of the scientific and engineering practices. Pratt’s publication, The NSTA Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education:  Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas. offers “book club style” support for getting the most from your reading of the Framework.  I used these resources in the development of a January workshop for science teachers at SAD 17.  They will also serve as the frame for professional development sessions being offered by the Sebago Alliance in March and April and will be used to guide a professional development collaboration under discussion with the University of Southern Maine.

This week is a great opportunity to learn just little about the Scientific and Engineering Practices in A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas.

And don’t forget…there is still time to register for the 2012 STEM Summit being held on March 20, 2012 at Colby College.