The adoption of the Next Generation of Science Standards in many states across the U.S. has prompted revisions to statewide science assessments to align with these new standards, leading to a demand for high-quality curricular materials for teachers and students. Districts and teachers are searching for NGSS-designed materials and training, and currently, few high-quality products exist.
Over the last six years, The CREATE for STEM Institute has been leading the field in developing and researching the effectiveness of innovative science curriculum. This research has resulted in the development of high-quality materials for K-12 classrooms using project-based learning (PBL) as an instructional model. All curricular materials developed in CREATE carry a Creative Commons license, making them freely available for download and use by teachers and school districts.
Specifically, NextGenPBL supports teachers in adapting NGSS-aligned, project-based curricular materials to meet the unique needs of their students and contexts. Implementation of NextGenPBL in schools and district provides rich research opportunities for scholars in CREATE and in other College of Education units interested in teacher learning, student learning, promoting equity, curriculum design, research-practice partnerships, design-based implementation research, and policy development and implementation.