Heidi Schweingruber, Ph.D., is the director of the Board on Science Education at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). In that role, she oversees a portfolio of work that includes K-12 science education, informal science education and higher education. Dr. Schweingruber joined the staff of the board in 2004 starting as a senior program officer. In this role, she directed or co-directed several projects including the study that resulted in the reportAFramework for K-12 Science Education (2011) which served as the blueprint for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Most recently, she co-directed the study that produced the 2021 report Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future. Dr. Schweingruber is a nationally recognized leader in leveraging research findings to catalyze improvements in science and STEM education policy and practice. She presents widely on the work of the board. Dr. Schweingruber holds a Ph.D. in psychology (developmental) and anthropology, and a certificate in culture and cognition from the University of Michigan.
This session will provide an overview of the Call to Action for Science Education, a report developed by a committee convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The report identifies effective science education practices and lays out major challenges for implementing a coherent K-16 science education program. It calls on federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders to make science education a core national priority and to provide local communities with the resources they need to deliver equitable science education and track progress. Dr. Schweingruber will discuss the Call to Action, the vision it puts forward for an equitable and cohesive science education system, and the critical role science educators will have in this extraordinary community effort to transform science education.
The 2022 CASE Science Conference aims to answer the National Academies' Call to Action for Science Education for better, more equitable science education. The Calls' vision, and ours, is that every student experiences the joy and wonder of science, learns how science can be used to solve local and global problems, sees the pathways they can take into science-related careers, and feels welcomed and valued in science classrooms.
We have an opportunity to reset science education so that it is better for all Californians and more equitable for populations of students from rural communities and those of color who are experiencing poverty.
Join us on this urgent call.