NISE 2016 Featured Speakers

  • Peter J. McLaren

    Consultant - Next Gen Education, LLC
    Peter McLaren is the Director and Founder of Next Gen Education, LLC and works as a consultant with states and districts in support of the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and other three-dimensional state science standards. In his previous work Mr. McLaren served in a number of roles pertaining to science education policy including Director of the State and District Support for Science at Achieve, Science and Technology Specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS).

    McLaren also served as a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the National Academy of Engineering' Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education committee, and the National Academy of Science Committee for Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.

    An award winning educator, McLaren was a teacher of science for 13 years at both the high- and middle-school level. In 2001 he was recognized with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and in 1995 as the Rhode Island Science Teacher of the Year by the MIT-sponsored Network of Educators of Science and Technology. He holds Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Science education from the University of Rhode Island.

    Peter's hands-on presentations will be on his work with the National Research Council (NRC)/National Academy of Sciences NGSS assessment committee.

  • Dr. Craig T. Gabler

    Consultant - Horizons Educational Consulting
    Dr. Craig T. Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant who was a member of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Writing Team. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. Craig began working at the Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years.

    Dr. Gabler has worked on two Washington state science standards writing teams, served as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association, served as the National Science Teachers Association's District XVII Director, and is the former president of the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA).

    Craig will be presenting on the EQuIP Rubric for Science and Phenomena, making sense of where they fit in your curriculum.
  • Dr. Mark Windschitl

    Professor - University of Washington, College of Education
    Mark Windschitl is a professor of Science Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington. His research interests deal with the early career development of science teachers—in particular their trajectories toward ambitious and equitable pedagogy.

    He is currently the PI on a multi-institutional NSF-funded grant to study the clinical experiences of teacher candidates, including the use of social networks to support their work in schools, and their opportunities to learn about students, teaching, planning, and assessment while in the field. Dr. Windschitl and colleague Angie Calabrese-Barton are authors of Rigor and Equity By Design: Seeking a Core of Practices for the Science Education Community, a chapter in the newest edition of the AERA Handbook of Research on Teaching.

    He is the recipient of the 2002 AERA Presidential Award for Best Review of Research, and a member of the National Research Council Committee on Strengthening and Sustaining Teachers.

    Mark's presentations will provide a wide range of examples of how teachers have used science modeling to engage their students in real world phenomena and how it fits with their NGSS practices. Scientific modeling for K-8 classrooms and Scientific modeling for high school classrooms
  • Dr. Erin Furtak

    Associate Professor - University of Colorado Bolder, College of Education
    Dr. Erin Furtak is a professor, researcher, consultant, and author on science education. She has published 18 peer-reviewed articles and three books. Her most recent book was published in 2016, The Feedback Loop: Using Formative Assessment Data for Science Teaching and Learning.

    Her research grew out of her own experiences as a public high school teacher, in which she struggled to enact science teaching reforms in her own classroom. Her work focuses on how to support secondary science teachers in improving their everyday formative assessment practices. With the support of a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Furtak has been investigating how a long-term professional development program centered on a learning progression for natural selection can support high school teachers in iteratively designing, enacting, and revising formative assessments.

    Dr. Furtak received the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006). She conducts extensive service to the teaching profession through long-term research and professional development partnerships with school districts and organizations in Colorado and across the US.

    Erin will be presenting on the 3D assessment design approach described in her recent book with NSTA Press, the Feedback Loop, and will provide examples of what these assessments can look like, and how to use them in the classroom. Designing and Using 3D Assessments in the K-5 Classroom and Designing and Using 3D Assessments in Middle and High School Classrooms
  • Dr. Brian Gane

    Research Assistant Professor - UIC, Learning Sciences Research Inst.
    Dr. Brian Gane is a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His primary research interests center around the research and development of learning environments, including the design of assessments, instruction, and curriculum within those learning environments.

    He is actively involved in developing NGSS-aligned assessments for the Next Generation Science Assessments (NGSA) project for The Concord Consortium ( Dr. Gane is also working on the Mi-STAR project and has previously developed curriculum and assessments for a middle school course that integrates robotics and physical science (SLIDER). Dr. Gane continues to be involved in on-going teacher education, especially around assessment with the Next Generation Science Standards.

    Brian's presentations will discuss general strategies and methods for developing/modifying assessments to make them 3-dimensional. Assessments for Three-Dimensional Learning

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