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Educator selected to review science standards

Eric Bull heads up Placer County's second annual STEM Expo
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Last September, California officially became one of the Lead Partner States in the development of the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS). As a Lead Partner State, one of the responsibilities is to form committees that provide feedback to the national writers of science standards. When complete, these standards equate to the educational content and practices that California students will need to learn from kindergarten through high school. William Jessup University’s, Dr. Eric Bull was one of 41 people selected to join this unique committee. As a team member, Bull is responsible to review and critique these important standards. Bull is an associate professor in Jessup’s Liberal Arts Department. “I count it a privilege to collaborate with some of the most innovative and highly-respected individuals representing science education toward the goal of crafting California’s contribution to the Next Generation of Science Standards,” Bull said. His expertise is in science education, math and science integration, learning environments, discrepant events, and collaborations. He has traveled throughout the US, Canada and Australia presenting more than 100 hands-on science and math workshops. In addition, he has presented papers at numerous local, state, national and international conferences. Bull attended the 7th annual Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) recruitment fair held in Missouri last month. NICS is a mission’s organization that uses excellence in education as a platform to do ministry in 15 countries. Also on Bull’s plate is heading up Placer County’s Second Annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo. Bull admits, “An added bonus of participating in the NGSS team is that it has provided me with tremendous opportunity to glean insight and ideas as William Jessup University plans for the second annual Placer County STEM Expo to be held March 24, 2012.” The expo will showcase local student-generated work from grades 4-12 and connects students, educators and the community in a one-day event showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics as educational opportunities and viable career options. STEM Expo allows students to explore how these subjects can be challenging, interesting and fun, while connecting their interest with local businesses and industries who can partner with them in education and career preparation. For more information, please visit www.stemexpo.org .