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The Center on Instruction held a webinar September 21, 2011, entitled “Exploring the New National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education”, presented by COI-Science Director Craig Strang,  along with Vanessa Lujan, and Lynn Barakos of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California at Berkeley. This Framework document 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 highlighted 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, such as a 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, and an emphasis on a developmental approach that leads to deeper understanding of a few big ideas in science. The PowerPoint presentation used in the webinar is available for download below, and the archived webinar can be accessed here.

NRC Framework

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