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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

Jun 12, 2016 by Maryellen deLacy

Next Generation of Misinformation Connect Missouri Blogger & California Science Parent

The digital age, unfortunately, sometimes just makes misinformation easier. With the implementation of the new Next Generation Science Standards in many states, angry parents and opponents are calling for a return to old ways. They base these saber-rattling demands on assertions that the NGSS standards are based not on science or reality, but rather on a backward mode of thinking that will lead to a “lost generation of graduates,” as one angry parent put it.

His rant, posted on the Missouri Education Watchdog blog, kicks off with the statement, “Common Core Standards are part of a larger education reform package that aims to privatize public education and lower our California standards in the name of short term profits and long term investments by short changing our children of an education and catching these remedial students later on at the college level or when they drop out of high school.” 

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Topics: NGSS, California, Missouri, state-level standards

Jun 5, 2016 by Maryellen deLacy

Embracing Vermont's New Science Standards

In an opinion piece written for the Burlington Free Press, science department chair and environmental science and chemistry teacher Jennifer Stainton argued that educators in the state of Vermont have embraced the new science standards wholeheartedly, and are already changing their teaching practices to account for these new standards. 

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, state-level standards

Jun 3, 2016 by Maryellen deLacy

Illinois Science Educators Recognize Need for New Unified Curriculum



Illinois adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in February of 2014 and as such was one of the first states to do so. Illinois has been committed to these standards from the beginning, acting as a Lead State Partner to help these standards into being and therefore provide a new, unified approach to science throughout the state. 

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, state-level standards

Jun 2, 2016 by Nicole Lanoue

New Michigan Science Standards Change How Classrooms Teach Science

In voting on November 10, 2015, to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the framework for the new Michigan Science Standards, the state officially became the 17th to back this new approach to teaching science in US classrooms. It joins Arkansas, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Connecticut and the District of Columbia. 

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, state-level standards

May 31, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

New Alabama Science Standards a Resource for A+ Curriculum


On September 10, 2015, the Alabama Board of Education voted unanimously to replace its K-12 science standards with new ones informed by the Next Generation Science Standards. The new Alabama Science Curriculum will require students to meet a variety of standards, including those related to climate change and evolution, subjects the state has historically been loath to teach. 

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, state-level standards

May 29, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Classroom Resources Ready for New Arkansas Science Standards

In a unanimous vote, the Arkansas State Board of Education adopted new K-12 Science Standards for Grade K-4 and 5-8 on June 11, 2015. The standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), mark the state’s attempts to bring science education into the 21st century with a considerably greater emphasis on real-world applications, inquiry-based learning and modern-day issues. 

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Topics: NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, state-level standards

May 27, 2016 by Sara Goodman

Delaware Science Classrooms Align to New Standards, Testing Lags


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Topics: NGSS, state-level standards

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