Science curriculum company Accelerate Learning is helping schools to better understand the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and to quickly, easily and effectively transition to them. Instead of having students go to one class for chemistry, another for physics and so on, NGSS-aligned teaching uses disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to encourage students to think of science as a process rather than a set of discrete facts.
The company has published two free guides, “Understanding the NGSS: A Brief on Structure and Purpose” and “Designing NGSS Scope and Sequences,” which are available at acceleratelearning.com/ngssguides. “Understanding the NGSS” is a five-page PDF that explains the nature of the NGSS, including the standards’ focus on inquiry and the use of performance expectations rather than multiple choice testing. The guide provides a list of key terminology to enable educators to understand what is being required of them.
Developed by Accelerate Learning’s pedagogical experts, “Designing NGSS Scope and Sequences” is a 15-page PDF that contains a series of scope documents that provide options for schools looking to implement the NGSS. From traditional four-year models to conceptual progression models, these options provide a framework for structuring classrooms and grade levels as they transition to using the NGSS.
Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes NGSS preK-12 curriculum, developed in conjunction with Rice University, is based on a proprietary IDEA model — illuminate, do, expand, and assess — that empowers teachers to make sense of the disciplinary core idea. From hands-on, inquiry-based investigations to rigorous claim-evidence-reasoning assessments, STEMscopes NGSS takes the guesswork out of teaching the NGSS.
Source: Accelerate Learning, Inc., acceleratelearning.com