Science Engineering Practices
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. National Research Council. (2012).Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences.
Next Generation Science Standards. NGSS Lead States. (2013).Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. National Research Council. (2015).Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences
Professional Learning Resources
Primer on Science Instruction: This two-page document highlights some of the essential characteristics of evidence-based teaching practices.
SHORT COURSE: How to use Curriculum Adaptation to Adopt the New Vision for Science Education: This short course will help you learn how to implement the new vision for K-12 education through a curriculum adaptation strategy. The course links off to an extensive Curriculum Adaptation Toolkit that includes a broad set of materials to support teams in adapting instructional materials.
STEM Teaching Tools: This site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice.
Addressing Student Diversity and Equity (Januszyk, R., Miller, E., and Lee, O., 2016) This article addresses the questions: "How do the NGSS address diversity and equity issues?" And "how do we leverage three-dimensional teaching and learning to make science accessible to all students?"
Addressing Three Common Myths about the Next Generation Science Standards (Huff, K. L., 2016) This article debunks three common myths about the NGSS.
Myth 1: Science in elementary school is already contained in the Common Core State Standards, English Language Arts.
Myth 2: We are already doing this.
Myth 3: NGSS limits what science can be taught in middle and high school.
Adapt or Discard? A teacher Shares His Experience Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, From Struggle to Success (Mangiaracina, M., 2015) This article is a reflection on an elementary school teacher's journey to understand and implement the NGSS.
Answers to Teachers' Questions About the Next Generation Science Standards (Workosky, C., and Willard. T., 2015) With video! This article, part of a series about different aspects of the standards, answers some of the most common questions about the architecture of the NGSS, from deciphering the codes to understanding the boxes.
Bringing STEM into Focus. Moon, J., and Rundell-Singer, S., (Published Online: January 30, 2012). Education Week.
Climbing the NGSS Mountain: Persistence and a Sense of Purpose Can Propel You to the Top (Shelton, T., 2015) This article is a reflection on a high school teacher's journey to understand and implement the NGSS.
DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS (Golan Duncan, R., and Cavera, V., 2015) This article addresses the questions: "Haven't we been doing science inquiry since the release of the National Science Education Standards in 1996?" "What is new and different about the NGSS," and "what do these three dimensions mean for curriculum, instruction, and assessment?"
Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education: A Nation Advancing? National Research Council. (2013). Washington DC: National Academy Press.
My Journey to Understand and Implement the NGSS: One Educator Shares the Story of How She Engaged and Ultimately Embraced the Next Generation Science Standards (Mesmer, K., 2015) This article is a reflection on a middle school teacher's journey to understand and implement the NGSS.
Planning NGSS-Based Instruction: Where Do You Start? (Colson, M. and Colson, R., 2016) This article addresses the question "So what comprises an authentic classroom science experience?"
STEM Integration in K-12 Education: Status, Prospects, and an Agenda for Research National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council. (2014). Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
Surrounded by Science: Learning Science in Informal Environments National Research Council. (2010). Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
The Next Generation Science Standards? Where Are We Now and What Have We Learned? (Pruitt, S., 2015) In this article, Stephen Pruitt discusses where we are now and what we have learned during the process of development and implementation so far.
Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom (Krajcik, J., 2015) This article addresses the questions "What is different with three-dimensional learning? How often should each dimension be used?" And "where do I start?"
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones toward Making Sense of the World (Campbell, T., Schwarz, C., and Windschitl, M., 2016) This article addresses the question of "how can teachers use misconceptions as part of a sense-making conversation and support reasoning and learning?"
Leveraging Language arts/ Literacy in the Science Classroom
Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas Stanford University, Graduate School of Education. (2014). Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas.