Literacy for Science
Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation
Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards
A Workshop Summary
Holly Rhodes and Michael A. Feder, Rapporteurs
Steering Committee on Exploring the Overlap between “Literacy in Science” and the
Practice of Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL
OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
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This study was supported by the Contract No. 10001820 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Carnegie Foundation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.
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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2014). Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards, A Workshop Summary, H. Rhodes and M.A. Feder, Rapporteurs. Steering Committee on Exploring the Overlap between “Literacy in Science” and the Practice of Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information. Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
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STEERING COMMITTEE ON EXPLORING THE OVERLAP BETWEEN “LITERACY IN SCIENCE” AND THE PRACTICE OF OBTAINING, EVALUATING, AND COMMUNICATING INFORMATION
P. DAVID PEARSON (Chair), Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley
JUAN-CARLOS AGUILAR, Georgia Department of Education
SARAH MICHAELS, Department of Education, Clark University
ELIZABETH BIRR MOJE, School of Education, University of Michigan
SUSAN PIMENTEL, Student Achievement Partners
HELEN QUINN, Emerita, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
MICHAEL FEDER, Study Director
HEIDI SCHWEINGRUBER, Deputy Director, Board on Science Education
REBECCA KRONE, Senior Program Assistant
BOARD ON SCIENCE EDUCATION
HELEN QUINN (Chair), Emerita, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
GEORGE BOGGS, Emeritus, Palomar College and American Association of Community Colleges
MELANIE COOPER, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University
RODOLFO DIRZO, Department of Biology, Stanford University
JACQUELYNNE ECCLES, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
JOSEPH FRANCISCO, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
MARGARET HONEY, New York Hall of Science, Queens, New York
SUSAN W. KIEFFER, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MATTHEW KREHBIEL, Kansas State Department of Education
MICHAEL LACH, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
LYNN LIBEN, Department of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
BRIAN REISER, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
MARSHALL “MIKE” SMITH, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
ROBERTA TANNER, Retired Physics Teacher, Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado
SUZANNE WILSON, Department of Teacher Education and Center for the Scholarship of Teaching, Michigan State University
YU XIE, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan
MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director (through June 2014)
HEIDI A. SCHWEINGRUBER, Deputy Director
MICHAEL A. FEDER, Senior Program Officer
MARGARET HILTON, Senior Program Officer
NATALIE NIELSEN, Senior Program Officer (through February 2014)
REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate (through May 2014)
KELLY ARRINGTON, Senior Program Assistant
JOANNA ROBERTS, Program Assistant
This summary was prepared by independent rapporteurs. The workshop was designed to explore the intersection between the “Literacy in Science” portions of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the practices in the Next Generation Science Standards. The views contained in the report are those of individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Research Council (NRC). The planning committee was responsible only for the quality of the agenda and the selection of participants. Neither the workshop nor this summary is intended as a comprehensive review of what is known about the topic. The presentations and discussions were limited by the time available for the workshop.
This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.
We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: George I. Matsumoto, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; P. David Pearson, Language and Literacy and Cognition and Development, Graduate School of
Education, University of California, Berkeley; and Sam Shaw, Division of Learning and Instruction, South Dakota Department of Education.
Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Carlo Parravano, executive director (retired), Merck Institute for Science Education. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.
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