Jan. 11 2019, NHASCD Conf. with Brian Reiser



Shifts in Science Instruction to Address the Next Gen Science Standards

Dr. Brian Reiser

January 11, 2019

This workshop will demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS or NextGen Standards) and provide practical mechanisms to implement pedagogical changes needed to teach not only the Core Disciplinary Ideas (DCIs) but also the Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCCs) and Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) simultaneously.  Reform efforts in science education emphasize the importance of rigorous treatment of science standards and the use of innovative pedagogical approaches to make science more meaningful and successful.

In this workshop, a combination of national standards and a project-based pedagogical approach is presented with examples from elementary, middle and secondary levels.  This design has the students create models in the context of the investigating and questioning our world. Modeling is a core practice in science and a central part of scientific literacy. Through a learning progression of scientific models, science disciplinary ideas become accessible and meaningful for learners. Our learning progression for scientific modeling uses scientific models as tools for predicting and explaining and illustrates to students that models evolve as understanding improves. Learners productively engage in constructing and revising increasingly more accurate models that included powerful explanatory mechanisms.  As students apply these models they are able to make predictions for closely related phenomena. In addition, constructing scientific explanations and participating in argumentative discourse are seen as essential practices of scientific inquiry. This presentation will provide teachers with an instructional framework for having students construct and defend scientific explanations. Through these techniques, we find that students consistently use evidence to make sense of phenomenon, articulate those understandings, and persuade others of their understandings.

Brian J. Reiser is a professor of learning sciences at Northwestern University. Dr. Reiser’s research examines how to make the scientific practices of argumentation, explanation, and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. Reiser co-led the development of IQWST (Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology), a three-year middle school curriculum that supports students in science practices to develop disciplinary core ideas. Reiser is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education. He has served on the NRC committees authoring the reports A Framework for K-12 Science Education (which guided the development of the Next Generation Science Standards), Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, and Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Reiser has also worked with Achieve on tools to support the implementation of NGSS. Dr. Reiser is currently collaborating with several state initiatives to design and provide professional development and to develop curriculum materials for K-12 teachers to support them in realizing the reforms in NGSS in their classrooms. Dr. Reiser earned his Ph.D. in cognitive science from Yale University.

Event Information, Policies, Terms, and Conditions


Event Schedule: These events will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

  •      7:45 - 8:45 am             Check-In; Visit with Exhibitors; Continental Breakfast
  •      8:50 - 9:00 am             Welcome: Introductions
  •      9:00 am - 12:00 pm     Presentation with a mid-morning break
  •      12:00 - 1:00 pm           Lunch; Visit with Exhibitors; Team Discussions
  •      1:00 - 3:00 pm             Presentation continues
  •      3:00 pm                       Closing

Electronic Workshop Handouts.  All workshop materials will be distributed electronically.  Participants will receive a link to the workshop information and materials one week prior to the event. We ask that you download the materials before arriving at the Grappone Center.

Registration for each conference includes free parking; electronic hand-out materials and resources; breakfast & a full buffet lunch; opportunities to discuss the presenter's ideas and strategies for improving curriculum, instruction, assessment, and leadership; time for learning more about exhibitors' programs, products, and services; and the chance to win a variety of raffle prizes. 

Cost:  $195. for NHASCD Members; $245. for non-members.

Team Discount.  There is a 10% discount for teams of 5 or more registering at the same time for the same event when paid with one check, credit card payment, or through one Purchase Order.

Non NHASCD member conf. reg. fees. When payment of conf. reg. fee is received by the NHASCD office, the registrant will be granted a one year NHASCD membership.

Registrant Cancellations.  There is a $30. processing fee for cancellations made 14 days or more before the event.  There is no refund if there is a cancellation less than 14 days prior to the event.

"No Shows."  Payment of the full reg. fee is still required.  There are no refunds for "no-shows."

Program Cancellations.  NHASCD reserves the right to cancel or postpone programs due to unforeseen circumstances such as extreme weather.  Also, in an emergency situation, a substitute speaker may be scheduled. In such cases, NHASCD makes every effort to contact all registrants.

Registrant Substitutions.  Please notify nhascd@nhascd.org with the name of the original registrant and the substitute's name and contact information.  Thank you.

  • When

  • Friday, January 11, 2019
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Where

  • Grappone Conf. Center
    70 Constitution Ave.
    Concord, New Hampshire 03301
    (603) 225-0303