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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, Leadership, 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 NGSS

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 NGSS

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 NGSS

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 NGSS, Cost

Sep 15, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

Why Time on Learning Matters When Implementing NGSS

Budgeting enough science time on learning will go a long way toward helping districts successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

If you don’t have enough time on learning for science, your implementation of NGSS will likely run into some significant hurdles.

This is because of the importance of effective STEM instruction under NGSS . The National Research Council definition of effective science instruction is that it capitalizes on students’ early interest experiences and builds on it. 

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards, Implementing NGSS, Time on Learning

Sep 11, 2017 by Sara Goodman

7 Principles of Effective Next Generation Science Implementation

Effective implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is not random or accidental. Rather, it requires a very intentional approach to putting the curriculum and performance expectations in place. It is unlikely – and probably impossible – that this will occur without careful attention to the correct approach.

There are seven principles of effective NGSS implementation that can guide teachers and administrators as they begin a new school year.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Implementing NGSS

Sep 7, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

KnowAtom's New Interactive Supports Teachers in Next Gen STEM Education

Summer is winding down, which means that most educators are back in the classroom.

I’ve been meeting with STEM teachers and curriculum planners about using KnowAtom in their classrooms. It has been so inspiring watching all of you dedicated educators as you prepare for a new year of engaging students in the creative, analytic, and evaluative forum that is science education.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Next Generation Science Standards, Elementary Science Curriculum, Middle School Science Curriculum

Jul 30, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Surfing STEM with ScienceWorks!

Did you know there are many aspects of the Army and Navy that use science, math, and engineering to develop new technologies? We explore some really fun careers with the military that don’t involve missiles.

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Topics: Science Curriculum

Jul 23, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Exploring STEM on a Carnival Cruise with ScienceWorks!

We hop aboard a Carnival cruise ship to see how science and math are vital in helping a captain and crew run a tight ship for all onboard.

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Topics: Science Curriculum

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