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Nov 25, 2017 by Sara Goodman

3 Strategies Science Classrooms Can Adopt From Innovation Companies

Innovative companies like iRobot face many of the same challenges as teachers and school districts that are adopting and beginning to implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Next Generation Science Standards, Guest Innovator, Innovation, Implementing New Science Standards

Nov 13, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

How to Avoid a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Professional Development

To implement the Next Generation Science Standards well, prepare yourself for the major shifts in teaching and learning that are involved in your classroom, your building, and your district.

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Topics: NGSS, Professional Development, Implementing New Science Standards

Nov 10, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

Maximize Your Professional Development by Making It Ongoing

The Next Generation Science Standards have changed the game by shifting the expectations of teaching and learning. Anytime somebody is being asked to change the way they do their job, you have to anticipate that that's not going to be an easy transition.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, productivity, Professional Development, Implementing New Science Standards

Nov 2, 2017 by Sara Goodman

3 Steps to Make Sure Your Professional Development Supports Teachers as they Implement NGSS

Educators sometimes underestimate the shifts in teacher practices that are required under the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: NGSS, 3-dimensions, Professional Development, Implementing New Science Standards

Oct 28, 2017 by Sara Goodman

4 Features of All NGSS-Designed (Not Just Aligned) Curriculum

Those educators responsible for choosing a curriculum will need to be critical consumers to avoid investing in resources that are superficially “aligned” to NGSS but don’t fully articulate the vision of the NGSS so students can achieve the levels of mastery that will be expected of them.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Implementing New Science Standards, NGSS-Designed Curriculum

Oct 5, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Simple Ways to Promote Your School's Vision

As school leaders become more focused on successfully implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, I’ve noticed one topic is getting more attention than ever before: how important it is that principals understand the new standards and the expectations of a next generation science classroom.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Next Generation Science Standards, science vision,

Sep 27, 2017 by Sara Goodman

Concrete Ways to Maximize Your NGSS Implementation

The Next Generation Science Standards call for dramatic shifts in teaching and learning. It will be important to go about implementation carefully and thoughtfully.

There are concrete steps that educators and administrators can take to ensure a successful implementation.

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, Implementing New Science Standards

Sep 25, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

5 Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them When Implementing NGSS in the Classroom

The Next Generation Science Standards envision students learning as scientists and engineers. This is really a new approach to learning that sets students up to be critical thinkers and innovators. It's no longer about doing science but about being scientists; not doing engineering but being engineers.

As classrooms begin to implement NGSS and work to achieve this vision, there are inevitably some challenges that will come to the forefront.

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Topics: NGSS, 3-dimensions, Implementing New Science Standards

Sep 21, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

How to Combat Churn When Implementing NGSS

Every year, teachers move. Sometimes they move within their schools to teach a different grade or subject matter, and sometimes they change schools entirely.

Called churn, this is a very real issue in public schools. This is common with both administrators and teachers, and it affects both the speed of implementation and student achievement levels.

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Topics: NGSS, School Climate and Culture, Blog, Implementing New Science Standards

Sep 18, 2017 by Sara Goodman

Breaking Down the Cost of NGSS Implementation

Educators frequently want to know what kind of investment is expected in order to implement NGSS in schools. This is a difficult question to answer.

The Next Generation Science Standards are inquiry-based standards, which inherently require students to be put into the role of scientist and engineer.

That requires certain materials because the NGSS standards are all about investigative phenomena happening in the classroom in real time.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards, Implementing New Science Standards, Cost

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