New Jersey Science Education Leadership Association Meetings & Workshops

CANCELLED: Spring Round Table 
Due to the increasing health concerns and escalating developments that have occurred over the last several weeks regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including the state of emergency in several states, the NJSELA Spring Roundtable will no longer take place. If you registered for the Spring Round Table, your registration will be transferred to the December 2020 Round Table. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


Friday, May 8, 2020
9:00am - 2:00pm

12 Centre Dr. 
Monroe Township, NJ 08831



The 2020 Spring Roundtable will be focused on science instruction and assessment. We have an exceptional agenda planned, beginning with two amazing speakers, Dr. Rodger Bybee and Mr. Peter McLaren

While this event is free to members, we will be allowing each member to bring one additional guest (teachers or administrators - whomever they feel will benefit the most from attending) for $35/person to cover meals. Registration will be done on a first come, first served basis, and seating is limited, so please be on the lookout for further information. This is certainly an event that is not to be missed!

Rodger Bybee is a consultant working on a variety of projects and writings. Until 2007, Dr. Bybee was executive director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization that develops curriculum materials, provides professional development for the science education community, and conducts research and evaluation on curriculum reform. Prior to joining BSCS, he was executive director of the National Research Council’s Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE) in Washington, DC. He participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and from 1992-1995 he chaired the content working group of that National Research Council project. Most recently Dr. Bybee contributed to the Framework for K-12 Science Education and was on the leadership team that developed the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS.)

At BSCS, Dr. Bybee was principal investigator for four National Science Foundation (NSF) programs: an elementary school program entitled Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology, and Health, a middle school program entitled Middle School Science & Technology, a high school biology program entitled BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, and a college program entitled Biological Perspectives. His work at BSCS also included serving as principal investigator for programs to develop curriculum frameworks for teaching about the history and nature of science and technology for biology education at high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges.

From 1972 to 1985, Dr. Bybee was a professor of education at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He has been active in education for more than forty years, having taught science at the elementary, secondary, and college levels.

Dr. Bybee serves on a number of advisory boards and committees including those for The National Academies, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Educational Testing Service, and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA.)

Dr. Bybee has written widely, publishing in both education and psychology. He is co-author of a textbook titled Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy. His books include: Achieving Scientific Literacy: From Purposes to Practices; EVO Teachers Guide: Ten Questions Everyone Should Ask About Evolution; The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities; Perspectives on Science Education: A Leadership Seminar; and STEM Education: Now More than Ever.

Over the years, Dr. Bybee has received awards as a Leader of American Education and an Outstanding Educator in America and in 1979 was Outstanding Science Educator of the Year. In 1989, he was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding alumni in the history of the University of Northern Colorado. In April 1998, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) presented Dr. Bybee with the NSTA’s Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. In 2001, the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) presented him with the first AIBS Education Award. In 2007, he received the Robert H. Carleton Award, NSTA’s highest honor, for national leadership in science education.

Peter McLaren is the Executive Director and Founder of Next Gen Education, LLC and works as a consultant with states and districts in support of the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards and other three-dimensional state science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012). In his previous work Mr. McLaren served in a number of roles in the area of science education policy including Director of the State and District Support for Science at Achieve, Science and Technology Specialist at the Rhode Island Department of Education and President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) serving as President from July 2010 until April 2013.  

McLaren served as a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the National Academy of Engineering's Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education committee, and the National Academy of Science Committee for Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards.  

An award-winning educator, McLaren was a teacher of science for 13 years at both the high-school and middle-school level.  In 2001 he was recognized with the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and in 1995 as the Rhode Island Science Teacher of the Year by the MIT-sponsored Network of Educators of Science and Technology. He holds BS and MA degrees in Science Education from the University of Rhode Island.

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