Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide

NSTA Press Book by: Eric Brunsell, Deb M. Kneser, and Kevin J. Niemi

REVERE Award Finalist, PreK-12 Learning Group, Association of American Publishers!

If you’re charged with helping educators achieve the vision of the new science standards, this is the professional development resource you need. This book is chock-full of activities and useful advice for guiding teachers and administrators as they put the standards into practice in the classroom.

Written by three experts in professional development for science teachers, Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS
• Introduces the vocabulary, structure, and conceptual shifts of the NGSS
• Explores the three dimensions of the Framework—science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas—and how they’re integrated in the NGSS
• Provides classroom case studies of instructional approaches for students challenged by traditional science teaching
• Covers curricular decisions involving course mapping, designing essential questions and performance assessments, and using the NGSS to plan units of instruction
• Examines the connections between the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards
• Offers advice for getting past common professional development sticking points and finding further resources

Given the widespread changes in today’s education landscape, teachers and administrators may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting the new standards into practice. If you’re a science specialist, curriculum coordinator, or instructional coach who provides professional development, you will find this collection immensely helpful for heading off “initiative fatigue,” whether in an individual school or throughout a district.

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  • on Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:07 PM

This has been my most widely used go-to book in my work as a science consultant. I work with teachers in grades preK-12. This book provides a quick intro and some basics on developing PD, then it breaks things down into different activities. There are 24 activities, from looking through the layout of the NGSS to breaking down the 3 dimensions for participants to working to develop a unit applicable for the content they teach. Each activity is presented in the same format, background info is provided when needed. You can pick and choose which activities to include in your work. It's great for something quick at a staff meeting, or for a two day (or more) session.

Jenny  (Adrian, MI)
Jenny (Adrian, MI)

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