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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

Apr 6, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Defining Effective STEM Instruction

Here at KnowAtom, our focus is on helping districts align to the Next Generation Science Standards with authentic inquiry. In order to do this, we are focused on the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Research Council's definition of effective STEM instruction. 


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Topics: higher order thinking, STEM, Three dimensions

Mar 30, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Steps to Create a Science Inquiry Environment in an NGSS Classroom

Establishing background knowledge requires nonfiction reading and Socratic dialogue, helping students connect new knowledge to their personal experiences and build important connections that will help them engage meaningfully with the content.

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Topics: NGSS, classroom challenges, Three dimensions

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