Next Generation Science Standards

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,, 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- . You will then click on the "Log in as a guest" button at the bottom of the log in page. 


Alternatively, you can access all the resources and explore Dimension 1, the Scientific and Engineering Practices.


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

(Click on title for past registration information. When available, the new Teacher academy registration will be published) 

1 Graduate Credit or 25 SCECH's available upon completion

Face-to-face meeting at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 19000 Hubbard Drive, 194 FCS, Dearborn MI
Intended Audience: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

If you have registration questions, please email Judy Garfield at

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 .


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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).

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