OVERVIEW: The NGSS Network has created another support for school systems as we continue to thoughtfully implement the NGSS- Example NGSS Bundles.
You will currently find a Kindergarten, a Middle School and a High School example of how to bundle NGSS PEs for instruction. More bundles will be released in the coming months until we have examples for all K-12 NGSS PEs.
Here is the announcement that was sent out on NGSS Example Bundles today:
As you may know, the NGSS Network has been working to develop strategic guidance for curriculum developers as they work to create high-quality, NGSS-aligned instructional materials. As part of this ongoing effort, several teams of expert educators, including many of the NGSS writers, have developed a comprehensive resource that we are pleased to release today.
The NGSS Example Bundles helps explain the process of organizing the standards for coherent instruction and is intended for curriculum developers, including educators in the field and commercial publishers. This new resource features sample demonstrations of NGSS “bundles” for each grade level and, together with the NGSS Example Bundles Guide, can provide greater clarity to curriculum developers as they envision the process of creating the full range of aligned instructional materials that schools and districts need for implementation.
Looking ahead, the full suite of example bundles will be released in stages over the next few months and will ultimately cover all grade levels. Each release cycle will include information geared toward different grade levels to ensure that curriculum developers for science have a broad set of examples to consider in preparation for the 2016-17 school year. Please share this information with curriculum developers within your immediate and extended network(s).
Finally, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT this evening, some of the experts who helped developed the resource will facilitate a webinar to discuss the principles of bundling standards. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this important discussion, the registration form is available here.
Thank you and please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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AUDIENCE: Science curriculum developers, K-12 curriculum supervisors, K-12 teachers and PD providers
PURPOSE: Provide examples and resources for developing thoughtful science learning experiences.
OVERVIEW: Phenomena for NGSS is a site where teachers are collaborating to share engaging anchor phenomena for building science units. Currently, you will find a good handful of interesting phenomena in a variety of science domains. Keep an eye on this site as more phenomena are added.
Not sure what we mean by an anchoring phenomena or how to identify one? Check out the 1-pager HERE.
AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science
PURPOSE: Provide a clearinghouse of example anchoring phenomena for building science instructional units.
It’s been too long since I posted a good science music video… enjoy.
OVERVIEW: As most of you know, the Science Assessment Item Collaborative has released two NGSS Item Cluster Prototypes… one for Grade 5 and one for HS. These prototypes are great models to be analyzed, however, the documents are large and unwieldy for use in professional development. Tom Hathorn in the Bethel School District in Washington State has created “brief” versions of the two prototypes for use in professional development… and he was kind enough to share. Feel free to use as you see fit.
AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science, professional development providers, curriculum directors, etc
PURPOSE: For examining the Grade 5 & HS NGSS Item Cluster Prototypes in professional development settings.
LINKs: GL5 NGSA prototype brief
HS-NGSA prototype (brief)
The Washington State Regional Science Coordinators are conducting a survey to collect data about the state’s knowledge, perceptions and concerns of the Next Generation Science Standards (Washington State Science Standards 2013) so that professional development can better meet the needs of teachers in the region. The information collected in this survey will be used in designing future professional learning opportunities for teachers and teacher leaders around the state.
This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Please forward this to as many K-12 teachers and administrators within your school district so that we can maximize survey participation. If you are a district science leader and would like access to the responses from your region/district, please contact your local RSC. We are happy to share the data as it becomes available.
Please note: This round of data collection will be open from May 9 – June 10.
Here is a link to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2704243/Needs-Assessment-for-Science-PD
Thank you for your time and participation!
Georgia Boatman, ESD 123
Mike Brown, ESD 105
Vickei Hrdina, ESD 112
Scott Killough, ESD 113
Kat Laxton, ESD 121
Michelle LeLanne, ESD 171
Brian MacNevin, ESD 189
Jeff Ryan, ESD 114
Tammie Schrader, ESD 101
OVERVIEW: The Institute for Science + Math Education at UW has a flowchart that provides strategies for scaffolding student talk based on where students are in the unit and in their modeling revisions. This tools suggests that student talk might have a different focus depending on the intellectual work the students are engaged in and how well their models are explaining a phenomenon.
AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science, professional development providers, other
PURPOSE: Guide modeling unit development and provide intentional strategies to support student talk.
OVERVIEW: Teachers Try Science is a website with free science instructional resources for teachers of science. The site also has a page of NGSS EQuIP rubric reviewed lessons. These lessons (unlike lessons found on some sites) appear to be good examples of instructional chunks that meet the expectations of A Framework for K-12 Science Instruction and the NGSS. It appears that there was a vetting and review process that each of these lessons went through (that’s a good thing). These are not complete units and there is currently only a limited set of NGSS reviewed lessons- but it is definitely worth your time to add this site to your NGSS Lessons bookmarks.
AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science looking for a few examples of NGSS-style lessons.
PURPOSE: Provide samples of NGSS aligned lessons to the field.