Getting to Know the Next Generation of Science Standards

Getting to Know the Next Generation of Science Standards is a set of training materials being developed by partners from CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University and Michigan NGSS External Review Team members for use by trainers providing professional development about the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) to teachers. The training materials are in-depth and incorporate instructional components including activities to support the teachers’ interaction with the content. As indicated below, some workshops are complete and availabe for use, some in development, and some currently undergoing review by members of the Michigan NGSS External Review Team. The next step will be to pilot the materials. Down the road, these materials will be housed as part of a common website with rich video material and resources.

A note on using these workshops:

Getting to Know NGSS workshops are provided to the education community under Creative Commons licensing. This means these materials are available to download and use. They can be adapted for local purposes, but if you do so, please be sure to acknowledge CREATE for STEM Institute in your materials.

Further, we ask that you send any feedback or adaptations to us directly so that we can share and continually make improvements in these materials. We've provided a comment space for each workshop on the workshop page.

 

Workshop 1: Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards

In this workshop, teachers will gain a basic understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The workshop begins by providing an overview of the workshop series. It then explores the rationale for new standards including the conceptual shifts and goals of education for the 21st century called for by the NGSS. Then participants will learn about the basic structure of the NGSS and gain a deeper understanding of NGSS components through the interactive activities. Status: under development

 

Workshop 2: Disciplinary core ideas

In this workshop, teachers will gain a deeper understanding about disciplinary core ideas and their value to the teaching and learning of science. The workshop begins by exploring participants’ prior knowledge about the differences between scientific concepts and core ideas. Participants learn about the characteristics of core ideas and spend time investigating how the NGSS are organized around disciplinary core ideas, including how performance expectations build over time from K-12th grade. Finally, teachers practice communicating with others about the importance of using disciplinary core ideas in science teaching and learning. Status: available

 

Workshop 3: Science and Engineering Practices

In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices, and their importance to science learning. This workshop begins by exploring prior knowledge about science and engineering practices and their value. Participants will engage in activities to learn more about the practices, including how the knowledge of the science and engineering practices and their application build over time from K–12th grade. Participants will also reflect and share their ideas with others about their understanding of these concepts and the application to their work. Status: available

 

Workshop 4: Crosscutting Concepts

In this workshop, teachers will gain understanding of the rationale for integrating crosscutting concepts into the K-12 science curriculum. The module begins by exploring participants’ prior knowledge about the crosscutting concepts. Participants will learn about the characteristics of crosscutting concepts and spend time interacting with NGSS materials to understand how crosscutting concepts build over time from K-12th grade and how they are blended with disciplinary ideas and science and engineering practices to support students’ science learning. By the end of this module, participants will understand the power of using crosscutting concepts to connect and deepen student understanding of core ideas when they develop lessons, units, and courses. Status: under development

 

Workshop 5: How to Read the Next Generation Science Standards

In this workshop, participants will develop a deeper understanding about how to interpret the NGSS expressed as performance expectations or PEs. They will learn how PEs integrate all three dimensions, and why PEs are important for K – 12 science learning. This workshop begins with exploring prior knowledge about the integration of all three dimensions into PEs. Participants will engage in activities to learn more about NGSS, including how to read the standards, why NGSS are expressed as PEs, and how PEs integrate all three dimensions. Status: available

 

Workshop 6: Overview of Planning Instruction to Meet the NGSS

In this workshop, participants will develop an understanding of how to plan instruction to meet the intent of the NGSS. The workshop begins with exploring teachers’ ideas and introduces one way to support planning. The process includes 10 steps starting from bundling related performance expectations (PEs), understanding the PEs and their components, developing lesson level performance expectations, designing assessments, addressing related standards, building storylines, and rechecking. Status: available

 

Workshop 7: Planning Instruction to Meet the NGSS: Steps 1 - 6

In this workshop, participants will begin to develop lessons to meet NGSS performance expectations using the process provided in the previous workshop. This workshop will cover steps 1 to 6, from bundling the performance expectations through developing learning performances for the lessons they are designing. Participants will share their work and discuss how well their learning performances align with the performance expectations. Status: available

 

Workshop 8: Planning Instruction to Meet the NGSS: Steps 7 - 10

In this workshop, participants will continue to develop curriculum materials to meet NGSS performance expectations following steps 7 through 10 in our 10-step process, from determining acceptable evidence for assessing lesson level performances through determining how the tasks and lessons help students move towards an understanding of the PE. Participants will develop and share their work to discuss the alignment of their learning performances with the intent of the performance expectations. At the end of this workshop, participants will complete their instruction development and reflect on their work individually and in small and large groups. Status: available