Next Generation Science Teaching

Next Generation Science Teaching

Next Generation Science Teaching

By adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Illinois schools have committed to several key shifts in science teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms. NGSS builds on the reforms of the past decades and emphasizes the deep exploration of core ideas, a central role for science and engineering practices, and a seamless integration across years and between science strands. This project-based four-course sequence helps teachers go beyond simply learning about NGSS; it supports them as they adapt their classrooms to reflect the NGSS goals. This is a Northwestern University certificate program; it does not lead to licensure or endorsements from the Illinois State Board of Education.cation.

Reiser, an author of the Framework for K-12 Science that guided the development of NGSS, will co-teach three of the courses with Michael Novak, a Golden Apple Award-winning science teacher. Reiser also consults on the development of NGSS and tools created by Achieve to support how the standards are implemented. 

Specific course offerings and dates for summer 2018 are currently being reviewed. The courses listed below are subject to change.

Instructors

Courses

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

dates TBD

Evanston Campus

Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards

This course closely examines NGSS and its implications for K-12 science teaching. Teachers receive hands-on experience learning science using the NGSS practices and they explore teaching approaches across K-12 that support NGSS. The course includes an introduction to analyzing lessons and units for alignment with NGSS.

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

dates TBD

Evanston Campus

Science Curriculum Materials Design and Adaptation

Participants work in teams to adapt their existing materials and lessons to reflect three-dimensional learning. You'll learn the NGSS approach to developing disciplinary and cross-cutting ideas, to help students create coherent storylines using the NGSS practices. The project culminates in a mini-unit for the teachers’ own classrooms that reflects NGSS and can be implemented in the next school year. [Prerequisite: Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards]

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

ONE-WEEK

Summer Intensive

dates TBD

Evanston Campus

Using Video for Professional Learning I

Video is a popular resource for professional development and teacher education. This course examines how new digital technologies can be used to support teacher reflection and growth. Teachers study video of themselves teaching and investigate ways to facilitate video-based discussions among peers. A variety of video-based programs will be introduced. [Prerequisite: Any Certificate of Advanced Study course]

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

TWO-WEEK

Summer Intensive

dates TBD

Evanston Campus

Science Curriculum Materials Design and Adaptation II

Participants build on their experiences in the first design course and in the Video for Professional Learning course to develop coherent units aligned with NGSS. The goal is to help students explore science and engineering practices as a way to develop, use, and refine explanatory models. Grade-level teams develop units they can use in their own classrooms. [Prerequisites: Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards and Science Curriculum Materials Design and Adaptation I]

For more information, contact Brad Wadle at b-wadle@northwestern.edu

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