Commendation of the Undergraduate Science Education Project: Preparing Future Elementary Teachers for the Next Generation Science Standards


RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) commend the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for its ongoing, generous support of efforts to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into teacher preparation curricula and to disseminate them into K-8 classrooms; and be it further

RESOLVED:  That the ASCSU also commend the Undergraduate Science Education Project Work Group for its leadership in facilitating support to campuses in their efforts to adopt NGSS and also commend the many California State University (CSU) education, science, mathematics and engineering faculty committed to this effort; and be it further

RESOLVED:  That the ASCSU recognize and commend Assistant Vice Chancellor Beverly Young and Director Joan Bissell for their work with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the CSU campuses, and the faculty of the CSU in these groundbreaking and vitally important endeavors to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in California; and be it further

RESOLVED: That this resolution be distributed to The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; CSU Board of Trustees; Chancellor Timothy White; Executive Vice Chancellor Ephraim Smith and members of the Undergraduate Science Project Work Group.

RATIONALE: Leading STEM educators from across the country have jointly developed cross-cutting and integrative approaches to STEM embodied in comprehensive standards known as the NGSS. It is anticipated that these new standards, once implemented effectively, will significantly improve students’ understanding, confidence, and interest in STEM fields of study. In order to effectively implement the standards, new teacher preparation curricula need to be developed, disseminated and incorporated. Professional development opportunities need to be provided for current teachers. Many constraints need to be faced, including time and resource restrictions encountered in many school districts. The CSU is home to many national leaders in STEM education. The generous support of the Bechtel Foundation will allow these faculty members to develop and disseminate appropriate curricula, tools, modules, etc. that will enable K-8 teachers to more effectively incorporate NGSS.  

Assistant Vice Chancellor Young and Director Bissell have been instrumental in obtaining outside resources to fund CSU faculty work in a variety of education fields and the in-progress effort with the Bechtel Foundation promises to bring attention to the good work of the CSU faculty and bring further funding into the CSU to implement the NGSS into the K-8 curricula.

Approved Unanimously – May 16-17, 2013


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