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Building Cognitive Skills: Thinking Moves for a Classroom or Remote Learning Environment

How to Take KnowAtom Lessons Remote

Facilitating Productive Discussions: Tools for the Classroom or Remote Learning

How to Navigate Remote Learning: Tips and Tools from a Veteran Teacher

Do teachers have a new role in the NGSS classroom?

New Resource Helps Teachers Make 3-Dimensional Science Assessments

New Report Focuses on Science Time on Learning

How to Create a Culture of Thinking in the K-8 Science Classroom

Concrete Ways to Ask Students Better Questions

How To Ask Questions that Lead to More Engaged Students

The “Art of Teaching NGSS”: How Phenomena and a Culture of Learning Impact Student Engagement

Iraqi Teachers Adopt KnowAtom to Create a Next Generation Science Experience for IDP Students K-8

How Does Professional Development Shape Culture?

Instructional Leadership is Essential for a Successful NGSS Implementation

What Does a Successful K12 NGSS Implementation Look Like?

Why is Culture Key to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards?

How to Incorporate Formative Assessment Into Your Next Generation Science Lesson

3 Features Shared by All Next Generation Formative Assessments

Why Are Formative Assessments Essential to Effective Next Generation Science Instruction?

How Do Formative Assessments Benefit Elementary and Middle School Students?

5 Concrete Steps to Ensure Students Are Making Deep Connections

7 Expectations You Should Set for a Genuine Socratic Dialogue

Lawrence Public Schools Sees Uptick in Science Performance Among English Learners

How to Get Students to Participate in Socratic Dialogue

5 Features of All Socratic Dialogues

Why is Socratic Dialogue So Important in a Next Generation Science Classroom?

3 Key Takeaways from Achieve’s New Alignment Claims Resource

3 Key Features of Next Generation-DESIGNED Science Curriculum

Three Years In, Science Program in the Kurdish Region of Iraq Yields Positive Results  

5 Steps to Use Science Phenomena More Effectively in Your Classroom

How to Use Phenomena to Develop NGSS Practices in the Classroom

3 Ways Phenomena Transform Science Classrooms

7 Habits of Highly Effective STEM Teachers

5 Reasons Inquiry Science in Schools Gets the Best Results

STEM Grants for Teachers: Where Can I Find Them and How Do I Apply?

STEM Industry Wants Employees Who Can Think

Help Wanted: How to Onboard Parents Early with STEM

Should Every Student Learn STEM?

Why is Alignment More Difficult with Next Generation Science Standards?

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore STEM Curriculum

Girls and Women in STEM: Enhancing Equality and Opportunity

3 Strategies Science Classrooms Can Adopt From Innovation Companies

Using STEM to Unlock the Potential of Rural Classrooms

Comeback Cities: How STEM can boost the economic recovery

STEM that Competes with the Street

Are You Modeling a STEM Mindset?

One Child Shares His Passion for STEM and Life

Where do NGSS and ELA Standards Intersect?

Expanding the Maker Movement with STEM

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

Young Americans in STEM: From Recession to Optimism

Maximize Your Professional Development by Making It Ongoing

Developing Curriculum for the Next Generation Classroom

What Are the Next Generation Science Standards?

Was STEAM Involved in Picasso's Guernica?

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

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

Simple Ways to Promote Your School's Vision

Concrete Ways to Maximize Your NGSS Implementation

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

How to Combat Churn When Implementing NGSS

Breaking Down the Cost of NGSS Implementation

Why Time on Learning Matters When Implementing NGSS

7 Principles of Effective Next Generation Science Implementation

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

Surfing STEM with ScienceWorks!

Exploring STEM on a Carnival Cruise with ScienceWorks!

Explore How Trash Becomes Electricity with STEM in ScienceWorks!

Designing Classrooms for Next Generation Science and Engineering Success

Differences Between Next Generation “Aligned” vs. Designed

Habits of Mind and the Classroom Experience

How 5E’s Become Non-Linear & Iterative

Making More Effective Use of the 5E instructional model under NGSS

Does Phenomena-Led Teaching and Learning Fit the Old K-W-L Chart?

Connecting Phenomena with the Nature of Science & Engineering

Traditional Versus Next Generation Models of Instruction

What is the 5E Instructional Model?

Introduction to the  5E Instructional Model

STEM Crossover: Where ELA & Math Meet Science

The Student Inquiry Experience

STEM and the Four Levels of Readiness

What Is The STEM Cycle?

A New Definition of Effective STEM Instruction

NGSS And K-12: Supporting The Shift With Effective Resources

When Art and NGSS Meet Common Core: Math & ELA

New Practices and New Processes in STEM Instruction

A Three-Legged Stool of Standards

The STEM Cycle: A Cycle of Innovation

Science & Engineering: Concept-to-Concept, Concept-to-Self, and Concept-to-World Connections

The Connection Between Phenomena & Standardized Testing

Next Generation Science Standards by Grade Level: From Elementary to Middle School

What Comprises Next Generation Science Standards Lesson Plans?

Implementing Phenomena Within Lesson and Unit Flow

Anchor vs. Investigative Phenomena

Phenomena: Connections to PBL and Hands-On Inquiry

What does a Phenomena-Centered Classroom and Curriculum Look Like?

Three-Dimensional NGSS Performance Expectations

What Are Phenomena?

Latest eBook: How to Maximize Student Engagement with Phenomena

Using Full Release of Responsibility as a Tool for Mastery

Building a Framework of Concept Knowledge Using Science & Engineering Practices

Timeline for the Full Release of Responsibility

Aiming for Mastery Readiness

Performance in Three Dimensions

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective K-8 Science Teachers: Starting with "Why"

Believing in Students' Words, Thoughts and Actions

The Growth Mindset

The Culture of Grit

Giving Immediate Helpful Feedback as Coach Not Expert

Traditional vs. Next Generation Standards and Pedagogy

A Next Generation Approach to Time and Resources

Should Teachers Be Gatekeepers or Coaches?

The Nature of Science and Engineering Under NGSS

Proof: Rigor with KnowAtom Get Results

Setting Accurate Expectations About Effort and Deliberate Practice

Creating an Environment Where Challenge Exceeds Skill

What Is Reasonable for Science Implementation and Sustainability?

How to Transition from 7-Year Textbook Adoptions to a Yearly Science Budget K-12

The Drawback of DIY Science Curriculum

Estimating the Time & Cost of New Science Standards

How the Release of Responsibility Timeline Plays Into Science

Are You Testing Your Next Gen Science Materials?

Next Gen Science Curriculum Development Process

What to Expect in Next Gen Science Curriculum Development

Using Science Time-On-Learning Well

More Than a Task: Learning STEM

What Should We Budget for Time-On-Learning?

Planning for Grit and Growth

Grit is a Culture

Purposeful Instruction to Encourage Grit and Rigor

Encouraging Grit: Warm, Demanding, Authoritative — But Not Authoritarian

Designing Curriculum to Instill Grit in Students

The Difference Between Entertainment and Engagement

Fixed Mindset Versus Growth Mindset

Classroom Challenges Create Career Readiness

Activities That Encourage Grit

Promoting Student Effort & Success With Goals

What is Science and Engineering Proficiency?

Psychological Awareness & Next Gen Education in the Classroom

STEM as a Cycle

Grit in the Classroom

Determination + Direction = Grit

KnowAtom Interview with iRobot CEO Colin Angle

Success, Higher Order Thinking Skills and Grit

Defining What Matters

Communicating Among Tribes

Understand Your Tribes

How to Approach Creating a Next Generation Classroom from Kindergarten On

What We Do In Classrooms Matters

Core Beliefs Unite Teams

Why Does School, Our School, My Classroom… Exist?

From "I Do, We Do, You Do" to "You Do, We Do, I Do"

Effective STEM Instruction Defined

The Growth Mindset Classroom: A Place for Validation or Challenge?

The Difference Between Growth and Fixed Mindsets with NGSS

How to Introduce the Scientific and Engineering Process K-12

Evidence Statements: The Result of Classroom Experience

Applying ELA to Scientific or Engineering Explanations

STEAM, The Arts as Engineered Communication

The Next Generation Model of STEM Instruction

The Traditional Model of Science Instruction

How Claim-Evidence-Reasoning Fits Into Next Generation Science

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Differentiating Between Science and Engineering

Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, CEO of Ixcela, Talks Microbiomes and Women in STEM

What is the Relationship Between Schools and Neighborhoods?

How Should School Quality Be Measured?

Jennifer Berkshire: Five Key Debates

Many California Classrooms Slow to Adapt Science Curriculum

What Should the Relationship Be Between Charter Schools and District Schools?

Oregon to Align Science Testing in Next Generation OAKS

What is the Purpose of School?

Next Generation of Misinformation Connect Missouri Blogger & California Science Parent

New Jersey Educators Focus Summer on Fall Science Implementation

Embracing Vermont's New Science Standards

Illinois Science Educators Recognize Need for New Unified Curriculum

New Michigan Science Standards Change How Classrooms Teach Science

New Alabama Science Standards a Resource for A+ Curriculum

Classroom Resources Ready for New Arkansas Science Standards

Delaware Science Classrooms Align to New Standards, Testing Lags

Classrooms Prepare to Align with New Connecticut Science Standards

DC First in the Nation Testing Next Generation Science Classroom

New West Virginia Science Standards: Mining for Uncertainty

Kentucky's New Science Standards Inspiring Resources for Students and Teachers

Classrooms to Reflect New Hawaii Science Standards

Court Rejects Challenge to New Kansas Science Standards

Data Results: Urban Schools in Massachusetts' Lynn District Try the Next Gen Science Approach

Releasing Responsibility for an Effective Student Learning Experience

Building Curriculum that Prepares Students for Careers in STEM

Effective Curriculum Helps Students to Learn as Scientists & Engineers

Defining Effective STEM Instruction

Closed-Loop Communication: Key for Successful Transition to NGSS

Critical Milestones for the Release of Responsibility in an NGSS Classroom

Steps to Create a Science Inquiry Environment in an NGSS Classroom

What Student Science Test Data Represents

Next Generation Science Standards Could Refocus Standardized Testing

Resources for Alignment: Primary Evaluation of Essential Criteria (PEEC) and EQuIP Rubric

Acheiving True Next Gen Science Resource Alignment

Traditional vs. Next Generation Models of Instruction

Dr. Stephen Immerman: Where Art, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Connect as STEAM

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