Making Science a Core Subject

Building Capacity to Implement the NGSS


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Download the password-protected handout: Making Science a Core Subject Learning Guide

Come learn to use Five Tools and Processes for Translating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into Instruction and Classroom Assessment (Five Tools). This suite of tools and processes for professional learning is designed to support leaders as they work with teachers and others as they plan units of instruction and assessments in light of the NGSS. Resources (free and available to all) include leader guides and slides, handouts, and examples of work product.


Develop a deeper understanding of the NGSS and the Framework for K‐12 Science Education

Learn a process for developing three‐dimensional, phenomenon or problem‐driven instruction and classroom assessment through the:

  • construction of a blueprint for instruction that is anchored in phenomena or problems and science and engineering practices (Tool 1).
  • construction of evidence of learning specifications to inform the development of formative and summative classroom assessments for one instructional sequence in the blueprint (Tool 2).
  • development a coherent storyline for one instructional sequence anchored by phenomena or problems based on the BSCS 5E Instructional Model (Tools 3 and 4), and
  • examination of artifacts designed guide learning and assessment for one instructional sequence (Tools 4 and 5).

I have strategies and supports to more effectively lead the change that is happening in my state and my region. I feel prepared to tackle complex issues with facilitation more effectively.

— Norma Gerrell, Learning Forward, TN Affiliate

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— Brad Dale-Adult Education Instructor