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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 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 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

May 9, 2016 by Sara Goodman

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

The Lynn Public School district faces all of the challenges of an urban school district serving near 20,000 students daily. Lynn is also one of a few cities nationwide that serves as a refugee relocation point for the United Nations.

Due to low student performance on state science assessments and a desire to increase student engagement and teacher resources, Lynn Public Schools began partnering with GE Aviation to pilot KnowAtom in 2009, phasing in a pilot cohort of four schools over three years.

The dramatic increases in student engagement and proficiency levels on state-level science standardized testing (Massachusetts Common Assessment Program) led the Lynn Public Schools to scale the program to half the district for test year 2012 and finally district-wide in the following school year.

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Topics: NGSS, 3-dimensions, Case study, Three dimensions

Mar 2, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

The NEW Definition of Effective STEM Instruction

One of the key pieces that we need to consider is the new definition of effective STEM instruction.

The National Research Council (NRC) developed the definition back in 2011 and today it is very clearly reflected in the new Next Generation Science Standards. An ongoing trickle-down effect from the NRC’s thinking accounts for the multi-state collaboration we have today: the Next Generation Science Standards. Now, if we want to stay on the same page, we must all share a common definition of what it means to teach STEM concepts effectively. 

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Topics: NGSS, 3-dimensions, STEM, STEM schools

Feb 17, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

The Difference Between Standards and Curriculum in 3 Dimensions

As districts begin to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, there is growing awareness that classrooms need to create inquiry environments where students engage as scientists and engineers.

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Topics: science and engineering practices, 3-dimensions, curriculum

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