Teacher Academy: Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards K-12

Are you interested in hosting this professional development in your school building or district? If so, please contact Dr. Greg Johnson, johnsog@resa.net, to arrange a date and registration process.

Self-Paced Course

This course can be taken as a blended learning class but is also available as a non-moderated online course so that you can explore the new Michigan Sciences Standards in a self-paced environment. This online course focuses on the science and engineering practices. To explore the non-moderated version of the course please click the link below- http://moodle.resa.net/resa/course/view.php?id=211 . You will then click on the "Log in as a guest" button at the bottom of the log in page. 

Blended Learning Course: Preparing for the Next Generation of Science Standards K - 12 

(click on title for registration information) 

1 Graduate Credit or 25 SCECH's available upon completion

Face-to-face meeting on November 10, 2015 from 8:30am-2:30pm Computer Lab 194, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 19000 Hubbard Drive, 194 FCS, Dearborn MI

Online: November 11 - December 12, 2015
Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

Topics To Be Covered Include:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the vision that the National Research Council has described in the free publication, Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts and Core Ideas
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the performance expectations described in the Next Generation Science Standards released by Achieve, Inc.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the NGSS, Dimension 1, Science and Engineering Practices
  • Design 5 E Lesson Plans to achieve the NGSS targets in Dimension 1

If you have registration questions, please email Judy Garfield at jlgarfie@umich.edu

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Professional Development

Welcome to our NGSS blended learning course! If you are taking this course for college credit or for continuing education (SCECH) you have already participated in the face-to-face portion of this class. The webpages that follow are the next step in your exploration of NGSS. The first portion of each webpage contains the content (text, hyperlinks to multimedia, etc.). The second portion of each webpage describes your assignments. I encourage you to look over your assignments first and then utilize the provided material to complete your tasks. If you have any questions please send me an email  johnsog@resa.net.

Note to individuals not currently enrolled. Feel free to use these materials for your own professional growth.

NGSS Overview

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a collaborative effort between interested states, Achieve, Inc., the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. To read about the development of the standards click here.

NGSS is based on research in science and science education. This research was compiled by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences in the publication: Framework for K-12 Science Education. To really understand the philosophical shift of NGSS it is important to read this publication first. A free pdf version of this publication can be downloaded here. Additionally, NSTA sponsored an introductory webinar featuring Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President at Achieve, Inc. Please view this introductory webinar by clicking here. This webinar uses Blackboard Collaborate when playing. It will not harm your computer. If your computer prompts you, you will need to "accept" to allow playback. For a brief overview of the NGSS structure and vocabulary please view this short video by Eric Brunsell at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Each NGSS performance expectation is the intersection of 3 dimensions.

To learn more about a particular dimension, just click on that dimension above. For a brief video tutorial of NGSS and these three dimensions click here. For a more in-depth overview of these three dimensions click here.  .

Working with the NGSS Performance Expectations.

To explore topics such as course sequencing please click here .


Reading Assignment 1 
Download the free copy Framework for K-12 Science Education. You are encouraged to read the whole book. However, please read at least chapter 3 which addresses Dimension 1, the Scientific and Engineering Practices.

Reading Assignment 2 (graduate students)
Download the free copy Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8.  You are encouraged to read the whole book. However, for this blended learning course please read at least chapters 3 through 7 which address Dimension 1, the Scientific and Engineering Practices.

Reading Assignment 3 (graduate students)
Download the free copy Ready, Set, Science!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms. You are encouraged to read the whole book.

The next portion of the online course will explore in-depth the eight Scientific and Engineering Practices of Dimension 1. Please click here to go to the next section.

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STEMteachingtools.org, PD should focus on integrating the science and engineering practices into already existing curricula and lesson plans, as a first step to introduce the NGSS. 

Click here to learn about the 5 E Learning Cycle Model

Click here to access a 5E template

What Scientists Do, Card Sorting Activity

Lesson Plans Exploring NGSS.

Word DocumentCourse Model Mapping

EQuIP-ped for Success - A rubric to help implement the NGSS 

EQuIP Rubric for Science Released - The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science . The Rubric provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The purpose of the Rubric is to (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers' use within and across states.

How To Select and Design Materials That Align To The NGSS from Dr. Joe Krajcik

PDF Document Implementing the NGSS, Chicago STEM Education Consortium

STEM Teaching Tools Aligned with the NGSS

PDF DocumentScience Course/Credit Requirements for Michigan

A new report from SRI Education describes findings from a study of middle school science curriculum materials. In the study, middle school science teachers who used curriculum that presented opportunities for students to engage in science practices improved their students' performance on science assessments. View here