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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

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 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

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 New Science Standards, Time on Learning

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

Jun 2, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Differences Between Next Generation “Aligned” vs. Designed

In short, NGSS-aligned curriculum does not demonstrate the same depth of thinking as curriculum intentionally designed to help students think critically, meet the performance expectations, and step into the shoes of scientists and engineers. To see why, it’s helpful to look at specific differences between aligned and designed curriculum, then discuss how we might go about designing classrooms for true alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 30, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

A New Definition of Effective STEM Instruction

According to the National  Research  Council’s  2011  definition of effective STEM instruction (a definition that helped lay the foundation of what would become the Next Generation Science Standards), "Effective STEM instruction capitalizes on students’ early interests and experiences, identifies and builds on what  they  know, and provides them with experiences to engage them in the practices of science and sustain their interest."

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 29, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

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

Because of the Next Generation Science Standards, the classroom experience is moving away from the traditional models of remembering, understanding and applying information. Memorizing information, like that there are solids, liquids and gasses, won’t cut it anymore. The idea that we know this rock is sedimentary because it has layers isn’t enough. What is going to move students forward is being able to use that knowledge to analyze a situation, evaluate a problem or create something.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 27, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

When Art and NGSS Meet Common Core: Math & ELA

There are a number of crossovers between Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core math, art and ELA practices. Here are a few real-world examples of each.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM Curriculum

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