On this page we will post resources available as you look to improve your teaching with NGSS.
Curriculum Collaboration Day - August 10
JAD Middle School, Southington, CT
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
With so many districts writing curriculum units there have been requests for a collaborative effort to help move CT forward as we continue to transition to NGSS. This is an opportunity to bring what you are writing or implementing and obtain feedback from people doing similar work. But for this to be a collaborative effort all participants must bring something to the table. This can be any step in the writing/implementing process.
Although the timing may not be great, this gives people time to revise and plan prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year. There is not cost but you will need to bring your own lunch. We hope to have similar sessions in the future.
Please register by completing this Google form. This information is needed for planning. Contact John Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
John Duffy, PreK-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator
Southington Public Schools
South End Elementary School
An Update on NGSS Implementation/Assessment: Powerpoint presented at the April 4, 2017 CSSA dinner by Ron Michaels and Jeff Greig.
Connecticut Workshop Links
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE- CT (NGSS Short Course)
Looking for a free resource for NGSS science? Next Generation Science-CT known as the NGSS Short Course is an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a broad overview of the changes to science teaching and learning envisioned in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012). No-cost; web-based; self-paced; this is an excellent opportunities to develop a PLC regarding NGSS. The eleven (11) modules that are complete will provide many hours of instruction.
The link is as follows: http://ngss.ccat.us/
NGSS Curriculum Unit Development Summer Institute
August 7 - 11
Experience the NGSS conceptual shifts as you investigate the architecture of the standards. • Engage in the curricular design process following a research-based protocol. • Generate a NGSS-aligned sample unit that is anchored in a phenomenon and is peer reviewed. • Develop learning sequences that are three-dimensional and coherent. Audience: Administrators, curriculum directors, elementary and science teachers and science team leaders Prerequisite: An Introduction to NGSS and/or an NGSS equivalent.
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: EASTCONN Conference Center, Hampton
Sun, Moon and Earth: A Rare Glimpse of
Middle School Science NGSS Professional Development
Saturday, August 19th, 10:00 – 3:00
Talcott Mountain Science Center, 324 Montevideo Road, Avon, CT
Anchoring NGSS learning to relevant scientific phenomena has been encouraged by national leaders. On Monday, August 21st, an eclipse of the sun will be observable from coast to coast, providing opportunity for students and teachers alike to directly observe a rare phenomenon.
The spectacular event is opportune as middle school teachers across Connecticut begin to develop and pilot NGSS-congruent classroom tasks. In this five-hour NESTA-hosted professional development event, middle school teachers will explore and co-develop classroom activities to facilitate students’ ability to demonstrate an NGSS performance expectation (MS-ESS1-1). Topics include safe observing methods (Engineering Design), classroom modeling of phenomenon, and research-based strategies to support argumentation.
Lunch, door prizes (Galileoscopes, radiometers), and professional development certificates will be provided.
Member of one of the organizations listed below? Use code “nestact” for the 25% discount off the $20 fee.
Register by Friday, August 18th : regonline.com/nestapdaug19
Contact Information: regonline.com/nestapdaug19