Beth Murphy, Ph.D
MISF STEM Program Manager
How are Minnesota’s new science standards different than the ones we have now? How do they relate to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? In what ways will they change how educators think about science teaching and learning? Join us to get a head start in considering what these new standards will mean for your school.
Minnesota’s new science standards are heavily influenced by A Framework for K-12 Science Education, a research-based document that is foundational to the NGSS. The Framework identifies eight Science & Engineering Practices (such as asking questions in science and defining problems in engineering) and seven Crosscutting Concepts (like patterns, stability and change, and systems). These Practices and Concepts—which emphasize what scientists and engineers do and how they think—are relevant to all science content areas and throughout K-12, and are at the heart of Minnesota’s new standards.
In this seminar, you can expect:
- an overview of Minnesota’s new science standards and the process/timeline for adoption,
- the opportunity to explore Science & Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts through interactive experiences, and
- time to consider—through discussion with colleagues and Q & A—how these new standards will impact science teaching and learning at your school.
Beth Murphy is a science and STEM education consultant, with expertise in teacher professional development, program evaluation and project management. As STEM Program Manager for MISF, Beth is responsible for the STEM Grant program, MISF’s annual STEM Education Conference, and STEM-related community partnerships. Beth holds a PhD in physics from the University of Rochester and has experience working in college level, K-12 and out-of-school educational settings. In addition to working with MISF and other clients, Beth is the field editor for Connected Science Learning, an online journal of the National Science Teaching Association and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. She currently serves on the board of directors of Science from Scientists and SciMathMN.