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Next Generation Science Standards and Building Capacity for State Science Education

Matt Krehbiel, Kansas State Department of Education

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education, has the potential for a huge impact on science and STEM education. In this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the content and development of the NGSS. The presenter will discuss how Kansas mapped the 6–8 and 9–12 grade-banded standards into courses. Discussion will also cover the implementation issues connected to future professional development, preservice teacher education, and STEM education.


About the Presenter:
Matt Krehbiel, Lead Science Education Program Consultant, Kansas State Department of Education
Matt Krehbiel is overseeing Kansas’ participation in writing the national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Together with the other lead states, the Kansas team—including representation from K–12 and post-secondary educators and business and industry in Kansas—will be working toward developing standards-based on the National Research Council’s report, A Framework for K–12 Science Education. The goal of the NGSS development process is to develop standards that will be rich in content and practice, and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students with an internationally benchmarked science education. Krehbiel is also a member of the Kansas Common Core State Standards implementation team and the Career and Technical Education Agriculture and STEM pathway teams. Before taking the position at the Kansas State Department of Education, Krehbiel spent 10 years teaching high school science in Kansas. He has taught a wide variety of science courses and was the Science, Engineering, Technology Academy leader at Junction City High School. Krehbiel serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of State Science Supervisors and the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair. He is also an ex-officio member of the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education and Kansas Association for Teachers of Science for the Kansas State Department of Education. In 2010, he received the Award for Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education from the Kansas Association for Environmental Education. Krehbiel earned his BA in Biology and Natural Sciences and his secondary teacher certification in General Science, Biology, and Physics from Bethel College. He received his MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.