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FREE Professional Development Resources on Equitable 3 Dimensional Formative Assessment in Science

OVERVIEW: The Advancing Coherent and Equitable Systems of Science Education (ACESSE, or “access”) project recently released an Open Educational Resource (OER) module for professional learning on equitable 3Dimensional formative assessment tasks in science.

AUDIENCE: science professional development providers, teacher leaders, school district leaders, teacher educators, etc

PURPOSE: The module provides all the resources needed to provide a 60-90 minute session of professional learning on Equitable 3D Formative Assessment. You will find slides, facilitation notes, and embedded resources. Lots of good stuff here… I’m looking forward to more impactful resources from this project.

LINK: Click HERE to learn more about this resource and to find all of the materials.

NGSS Example Bundles

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:

Good afternoon,

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 ngss@achieve.org with any questions. 

Follow us on Twitter and sign up for our monthly newsletter to get all of the latest NGSS updates. 

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.

LINK: http://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/bundling-ngss

 

SAIC NGSS Prototype Cluster Minimized Versions

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 10.48.29 AMOVERVIEW: 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.

LINKsGL5 NGSA prototype brief

HS-NGSA prototype (brief)

Teachers Try Science: NGSS Lessons

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 4.42.58 PMOVERVIEW: 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.

LINK: http://www.teacherstryscience.org/

Science Professional Learning Standards

OVERVIEW: The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) has created a draft document of Science Professional Learning Standards. These standards are divided into three categories

Attributes of High Quality Professional Learning Opportunities
Implementing and Sustaining a Professional Development Infrastructure
Evaluating Professional Learning Opportunities

Here is an example of a standard

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TARGET AUDIENCE: Administrators, teacher education programs, K-12 teachers, Professional development providers, teacher leaders, curriculum directors, curriculum developers, and other science educators

PURPOSE: The purpose of these standards is to provide science professional development providers with clear targets for professional learning and to give teachers specific criteria for what they should be expecting from PD opportunities

LINK: http://www.csss-science.org/downloads/SPLS.pdf

5 Tools for Developing NGSS Units: AMNH

imageOVERVIEW: The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has developed a set of tools for planning units to address the NGSS. AMNH has created 5 tools that have been developed and tested for supporting groups of teachers in developing quality NGSS units of instruction. Each of the 5 tools is very robust and the tools are intended to be used very intentionally during multiple days of guided professional development.

The five tools do the following:
Tool One: Using the 3 Dimensions of a Performance Expectation to create a unit
blueprint
Tool Two: Planning assessment and evidence of learning
Tool Three: Using the 5E model to develop a conceptual flow
Tool Four: Using the 5E model to develop learning sequences
Tool Five: Using evidence of learning specifications to develop performance tasks

Embedded below is a video overview of the 5 Tools.

The website for this project is nicely designed and user friendly. Each page of the site presents one of the 5 Tools and contains:
a video overview
a text overview
a facilitation guide
participant handouts
PowerPoints slides
templates for participants
TARGET AUDIENCE: Professional development providers, teacher leaders, curriculum directors , curriculum developers, and other science educators

PURPOSE: Develop a deeper understanding of the NGSS and design of effective 3 dimensional learning sequences and assessments. Guide thoughtful and rigorous development of NGSS lessons, units, and assessments.

LINK: http://www.amnh.org/explore/curriculum-collections/five-tools-and-processes-for-ngss

 

NSTA Conference 2016

imageI’m attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in Nashville this week. It’s four days of over 1000 total sessions on a variety of science education topics. I’m always on the lookout for tools and strategies on NGSS and best practices that I can use in my professional development work with science teachers and instruction with pre-service teachers.

So far, I’m not disappointed- there is lots of good stuff. We are at a point in the development of support for NGSS implementation where several teachers and entities have quality tools to share. But that is also a problem in our field right now. We have lots of great tools and resources on effective science instruction and the NGSS, however, these tools tend not to be widely known by many practitioners (teachers and administrators).

One of the missions of this site has long been to help keep folks “in the know” about tools, websites, and resources on K-12 science education. In the coming days I hope to highlight a few of my favorites from the 2016 NSTA conference. I’m also planning to build a document to organize and curate some of the best FREE resources for NGSS implementation.

If you were unable to attend the NSTA conference, there are still ways that you can engage with the sessions

  • You can peruse the sessions HERE and access ppt slides, handouts, etc for sessions that look interesting
  • You can follow the hashtag #NSTA16 on Twitter to find what people are sharing
  • You can follow a specific science educator on Twitter to see what they are sharing
  • You can read my blog and I’ll highlight a few key resources.