More than 50 Maine science educators participated in a three-dimensional Science and Engineering workshop held by Thomas College’s Center for Innovation in Education, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and the Next Generation Science Exemplar System (NGSX) last month.

The program was designed to introduce teachers to the shifts in science teaching and learning, called for by the National Research Council’s “Framework for K-12 Science Education.”

This framework suggests a new set of standards – called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Unlike the common core Math and English Language Arts standards, states may choose to adopt the science standards or not. Although Maine was one of the states involved in the original development of these science standards, they are in the Maine Legislature’s hands right now in the form of a bill.

Click here to read the full story in the Bangor Daily News. (August 4, 2017)

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