Community-Specific Workshops To Learn Best Practices For Leading A Process-Oriented Classroom

Professional Development

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Professional Development

KnowAtom offers professional development workshops that are tailored to community-specific needs in consultation with district leadership. We help you implement the 3 dimensions of Next Generation Science Standards and reach your goals for effective STEM instruction using KnowAtom.

Implementing the 3 dimensions of NGSS:

1. Disciplinary Core Ideas
2. STEM Practices
3. Crosscutting Concepts

The goal of all KnowAtom professional development is equipping all educators K-12 to deliver effective STEM instruction as generalists or content specialists.

We are focused on equipping your educators to meet the expectations for effective STEM instruction in the Next Generation Science Standards set by the National Research Council Framework (2012):

“Effective instruction capitalizes on students’ early interest 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.”


1. Disciplinary Core Ideas

Here we focus on the 4 content domains of next generation science standards as a context and the big picture of how far reaching and relevant STEM is to our everyday lives. These 4 domains are:

  1. Physical sciences
  2. Life sciences
  3. Earth/space sciences
  4. Engineering/ technology/applications of science.
2. STEM Practices

Here we focus on the 8 skills specific to the development of science and engineering knowledge. Together we explore how to teach students these skills in a way that helps students develop their higher-order thinking skills in the context of STEM. Specifically how to create, analyze, and evaluate problems and question as a scientist or engineer would. We also reinforce the opportunity to achieve Common Core ELA and Common Core Math goals using STEM practices. These 8 STEM practice skills are:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
3. Crosscutting Concepts

Here we focus on the organization and identification of disciplinary core ideas by their system behavior. These system behaviors inform us about the complex interaction and predictable outcomes of natural and human-made systems. We focus on the 7 crosscutting concepts:

  1. Patterns, similarity, and diversity
  2. Cause and effect
  3. Scale, proportion and quantity
  4. System and system models
  5. Energy and matter
  6. Structure and function
  7. Stability and change

To speak to a representative about professional development opportunities, please click here to contact a KnowAtom representative.


“The science experiments are really fun and entertaining. I like it when we get to take them home!”

— grade 5 student