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2/22/2013

EAC’s David Morris travels to Washington D.C. for K-12 Science Framework

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College’s Science Division chair, David Morris, (pictured) returned last month from his second committee meeting in Washington D.C. where he was invited by the National Academy of Sciences and Achieve to continue his work with Next Generation Science Standards, in developing the science standards for the Framework for K-12 Science Education, that has already been adopted by 26 states and is expected to be adopted nationwide.
 

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Science Division chair, David Morris, returned last month from his second committee meeting in Washington D.C. where he was invited by the National Academy of Sciences and Achieve, a bipartisan, non-profit organization that helps states raise academic standards, to continue his work with Next Generation Science Standards, in developing the science standards for the Framework for K-12 Science Education, that has already been adopted by 26 states and is expected to be adopted nationwide.

The framework was developed by a committee made up of educators representing expertise in science, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, and education policy in 2011 during Morris’ first trip to Washington. It describes key ideas and practices in the natural sciences and engineering that all students should be familiar with by the time they graduate from high school.

Morris says he really doesn’t know how he was selected to be on this prestigious committee but suspects his work on the “Teaching Foundation Project” may have garnered some attention. “The Teaching Foundation Project is a Federal Department of Education grant project that I’ve been involved with for two-and-a-half years at the college level,” explained Morris. “Through it, we’ve developed 40 new courses for education undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts and Education program in the state of Arizona.”

Morris also brings broad experience as a teacher to the committee as well. At the college level alone, he has taught meteorology, oceanography, paleontology, geology, astronomy, physics, mathematics, and more.

“At the university I was sort of this weird, utility in-fielder sort of person. I was the junior guy on the totem pole and I got what was left over,” he recalls. “I love that now, because I think my broad background in sciences helped land me in the amazing and humbling position of determining curriculum for the entire United States. Well, 26 states so far.”

For more information on the Framework for K-12 Science Education, visit National Academies .

To enroll in one of Morris’ classes, visit the EAC class schedule at EAC .

30 Eastern Arizona College’s Science Division chair, David Morris, (pictured) returned last month from his second committee meeting in Washington D.C. where he was invited by the National Academy of Sciences and Achieve to continue his work with Next Generation Science Standards, in developing the science standards for the Framework for K-12 Science Education, that has already been adopted by 26 states and is expected to be adopted nationwide.