Plenary Speaker Profile (2004)
Roger Bybee
Executive Director
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science: Policies, Programs, and Practices

This presentation will review contemporary issues influencing the teaching profession. Issues include the legislation No Child Left Behind, international assessments such as TIMSS and PISA, and national standards.

Rodger Bybee became Executive Director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) in 1999 after serving four years as Executive Director of the National Research Council's Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education (CSMEE), in Washington, D.C. As Associate Director of BSCS between 1992-1995, Bybee participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards. Bybee has been the principal investigator at BSCS for four NSF programs: an elementary school program entitled Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology, and Health, a middle school program titled Middle School Science & Technology, a high school biology program titled BSCS Biology: A Human Approach, and a college program titled Biological Perspectives. Bybee has written widely. He is co-author of a leading textbook titled Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy and, most recently authored the book Achieving Scientific Literacy: From Purposes to Practices. In 1998, he was awarded the National Science Teachers Association's Distinguished Service to Science Education Award. In 2001, he was awarded the first Education Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).