Course No. ED463d, ED563d

This course meets OSPI's STEM requirements.

Explore how you can use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to engage your students and expand learning across the curriculum.  In 2009, a Carnegie Foundation study concluded that, "the nation’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of American workers to thrive in the modern workforce depend on a broad foundation of math and science learning, as do our hopes for preserving a vibrant democracy and the promise of social mobility that lie at the heart of the American dream." The Next Generation Science Standards are a new way of looking at science instruction.  Through a three dimensional lens teachers can help students keep their ingrained excitement about science.  With the Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science Practices, and Cross Cutting Concepts, focus is no longer on rote memorization, but rather on helping students to understand the phenomena that are at the core of science teaching and learning.

This course will help teachers K-12 explore the possibilities with NGSS in order to improve instruction and student engagement. Teachers in this course will learn about the various aspects of the NGSS, and begin to implement changes in their own instruction. Collaboration with other teachers is also possible. 

This course is applicable for any K-12 teachers and/or administrators who wish to better prepare for NGSS implementation and future assessments. There is no textbook for this class; all references and materials are located on-line.


We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  •   Understand what the NGSS are and how they can improve science instruction.
  • Understand how to implement NGSS in the classroom.and aligned curriculum with NGSS
  • Will have reviewed and explored the cross curricular possibilities.
  • Understand how NGSS can enhance collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Understand how NGSS increases student engagement.

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