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Getting The Next Generation Science Standards Into The Classroom

In the Rogers and Hammerstein musical, “Oklahoma”, the returning cowboy sang, “Everything’s up to date in Kansas City”. Similarly, the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Science Department wanted to keep up to date with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), so Department Chair Liz Bowden turned to the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Foundation for… Read more »

Science Refreshed in Elementary Schools This Year

The San Francisco Unified School District began rolling out the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in secondary schools in 2017. This year, they are rolling out new science standards — and the lessons that helps students learn those standards — across all of our elementary schools.  According to the Vincent Matthews, “in today’s world of… Read more »

Michigan to Withhold Science Test Scores for Two Years

LANSING — State education officials plan to withhold the public release of science scores from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress for two years because they say the exam is a sample test that does not yet measure student proficiency. The Michigan Department of Education says it plans next Wednesday to release scores in… Read more »

California Close to Adoption of New Curriculum for NGSS

For the first time in 12 years, the state of California is reviewing its K–8 science course materials for adoption of new resources in time for the spring 2019 semester. Many include a digital component, and not every publisher is going to make the cut. The state’s Department of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for grades K–12… Read more »

Teachers Get a Feel of Next-Gen Science Standards

Groups had approximately 15 minutes to conduct the experiment: read the lesson plan, drop the Life Savers candy into a cup of water to determine how long it would dissolve, and then take a minute to provide an analysis. Some crushed the Life Savers to factor in size, some used hot water – some cold… Read more »

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. It provides real life applications for reading and math and develops critical thinking skills that help students solve problems in other subjects. Plus, it’s interesting. It helps answer all those “why” questions — Why is the sun hot? Why do fish swim? Why are some people… Read more »

Bridging the STEM Skills Gap Involves Both Education and Industry Commitments

Rebecca Ellis, a staff writer for STEM Education Works, explores how the workforce of tomorrow requires a strong STEM foundation today. She showcases the work in the automotive industry stating, “robots have become common, performing risky or repetitive tasks and improving the production line. By 2019, there will be approximately 2.6 million industrial robots in… Read more »

Educators Scramble for Texts to Match Science Standards

Five years after the NGSS rolled out, districts are sorting through a nascent, untested curriculum landscape that’s full of murky claims—leaving both students and teachers in a tough spot as they try to put standards into action. The challenge is accelerating, even as two developments promise to shake up the marketplace this fall. California, an… Read more »

Transforming Science Education in San Francisco

Janet Carlson, Associate Professor and Director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education writes in Ed Week’s blog, Urban Education Reform: Bridging Research and Practice. The post is written from the researcher perspective. Later this week, Ed Week will share the practitioner’s perspective on this research. Why this Research? Five years ago,… Read more »