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Peter J. McLaren (RI '01)

Executive Director

Next Gen Education LLC

At the time of the Award, Peter J. McLaren was:

Archie R. Cole Junior High School
East Greenwich, RI

Subject(s) taught: Physical Science, Earth Science/Space Science
Grade(s): 8

Biographical Information

Before joining Achieve, Peter McLaren was the Science and Technology Specialist for the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) where he supported districts in matters pertaining to standards and policy issues on K-12 science curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as technology education. He was also President of the Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS), serving from July 2010 until April 2013. McLaren was also a member of the National Academy of Science Committee for Developing Assessments of Science Proficiency in K-12 Education, as well as the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Guiding Implementation of K-12 Engineering Education. He has also served as a member of the national writing committee for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Before joining RIDE in 2005, McLaren was a teacher of science for 13 years at both the high- and middle-school level. An award winning educator, Peter was recognized as the Rhode Island Science Teacher of the Year (1995) by the MIT sponsored, Network of Educators of Science and Technology. He holds Bachelors of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Science education from the University of Rhode Island.

Personal Message

To my fellow Milken Educators: "To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Expected" - Luke 12:48 I am extremely proud to be considered in the company of such excellence. The quote above speaks of the importance of your recognition. Your award identifies you as an exceptional educator and, as an awardee, you now have the responsibility to cultivate your gift of talent and expertise. I encourage you lend your voice and your ability to the cause of fostering education and helping kids. Though your efforts and through your example you can make a difference in the lives of many. Be bold and let your presence be felt!

Related Connections

Milestone: Peter J. McLaren (RI '01) Elected to Council of State Science Supervisors

Additional Information




Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards

Science education, State Science Policy, NGSS Standards