Global Connections in Science

Room: Red Level, Suite 69

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), already adopted by eight states and on the way to becoming the benchmark for science education across the nation, call for a fundamental shift in STEM education. The NGSS will require new instructional strategies that dig deeply into curriculum, establish and enhance scientific practices, and develop cross-cutting concepts over time.  Teachers in Next-Gen science classrooms need a blueprint that result in students who can “do” science, not just “learn” science. Of critical importance is the need for students to recognize global issues that challenge science, investigate ongoing efforts to meet those challenges, and discover the opportunities that lie ahead.  

This session will focus on how digital resources, framed around global issues, can engage middle and high school students in scientific practices, promote critical thinking, and improve scientific literacy skills. Discover, from some world-class experts, how students have opportunities to collect and share data with others around the world, while gaining a global perspective on scientific issues.  Highlighted resources connect curricula across disciplines, providing opportunity for students to bridge traditional STEM subjects with social, political and economic concerns.

  • Kim Spangenberg, M.S.  -  Manager of STEM, The Virtual High School

  • Tony Murphy, Ph.D.  -  UCP Program Director, GLOBE, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Dan Barstow, M.S.  -  Development Director (former President, Challenger Center for Space Education), The Virtual High School
  • Natalie Macke, M.S.  -  Science Teacher, NOAA Climate Steward, Pascack Hills High School, NJ
  • Tamara Ledley, Ph.D.  -  Senior Scientist, Chair of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning, TERC