Professional Development for Science Teachers
This resource is an article in the April 2013 issue of Science. It is available through subscription (personal or library).
The author offers an overview of the call for improving science education in the United States, and the role that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) play in accomplishing this endeavor, through the critical lens and agenda of research on science teacher professional development (PD).
It offers several key messages regarding the large-scale PD needed to help current teachers acquire the knowledge and skills called for in the NGSS, considering the shifts that these require beyond the traditional content knowledge, pedagogy, or curriculum materials PD offered in the past and the varied cultures of reform in schools.
A section on pressing challenges addresses equity issues, offering use of technologies and social media for more scalable PD and access for all teachers.