Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide

by: Eric Brunsell, Deb M. Kneser, and Kevin J. Niemi

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REVERE Award Finalist, PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers!

If you’re charged with helping educators achieve the vision of the new science standards, this is the professional development resource you need. This book is chock-full of activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the standards into practice in the classroom.

Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS
• Introduces the vocabulary, structure, and conceptual shifts of the NGSS
• Explores the three dimensions of the Framework—science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—and how they’re integrated in the NGSS
• Provides classroom case studies of instructional approaches for students challenged by traditional science teaching
• Covers curricular decisions involving course mapping, designing essential questions and performance assessments, and using the NGSS to plan units of instruction
• Examines the connections between the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards
• Offers advice for getting past common professional development sticking points and finding further resources

Given the widespread changes in today’s education landscape, teachers and administrators may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting the new standards into practice. If you’re a science specialist, curriculum coordinator, or instructional coach who provides professional development, you will find this collection immensely helpful for heading off “initiative fatigue,” whether in an individual school or throughout a district.

Table of Contents

About the Authors


A Letter From David L. Evans, NSTA Executive Director

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Using This Book

Chapter 3: Sticking Points

Chapter 4: Tips for Administrators

Chapter 5: Introducing the NGSS

Activity 1: Examining the Standards

Activity 2: NGSS Vocabulary

Activity 3: The Structure of NGSS

Activity 4: NGSS Conceptual Shifts

With Chad Janowski

Chapter 6: Exploring the Practices and Crosscutting Concepts

Activity 5: Integrating the Three Dimensions

Activity 6: Science Inquiry and the Practices of Science and Engineering

Activity 7: Engineering Design and the Practices of Science and Engineering

With Reynee Kachur

Activity 8: Science and Engineering Practices Self-Assessment

Activity 9: Exploring Crosscutting Concepts

With Emily Miller

Activity 10: Integrating the Nature of Science

Chapter 7: Supporting Science Learning for All Students

Activity 11: All Standards, All Students and Integrating Content, Practices and Crosscutting Concepts

Activity 12: All Standards, All Students and Universal Design for Learning

With Stacey N. Skoning

Activity 13: All Standards, All Students: A Strategy Matrix

With Stacey N. Skoning

Chapter 8: Fostering Discussion About Curricular Decisions

Activity 14: Visioning and Values

Activity 15: Course Mapping at the Elementary Level

Activity 16: Plus, Minus, Delta (6–12)

Activity 17: Course Mapping for Middle and High School

Activity 18: Essential Questions and Crosscutting Concepts

Activity 19: Developing Performance Assessments

Activity 20: From Standards to Units

Chapter 9: Connecting NGSS and the Common Core State Standards

Activity 21: NGSS and the CCSS Mathematics

With Amy Parrott

Activity 22: Connecting NGSS and CCSS ELA

With Mark Bazata

Activity 23: NGSS and CCSS ELA: Connecting Through the Practices

With Mark Bazata

Activity 24: NGSS and CCSS ELA: Disciplinary Literacy

With Mark Bazata


Appendix 1: Resources

Appendix 2: Model Activity (K–5)

Appendix 3: Model Activity (6–12)

Appendix 4: Model Activity for the Nature of Science

Appendix 5: Model Science and Math Activity (K–5)

Appendix 6: Model Science and Math Activity (6–12)

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