Essential NGSS Resources

ngss stem Jun 11, 2021

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released in 2013 and offer an innovative approach to science education. This is accomplished through using phenomena as an anchor around which a lesson or unit is planned. Three-dimensional (3-D) learning is then added to the mix, which includes the use of Science and Engineering Practices (SEP), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI).

Many of you will already be familiar with these concepts. These ideas are the basics of NGSS instruction But for those who are new to the standards, we decided to create a page dedicated to revealing the essential aspects of the standards. Check it out here:

What is NGSS?

The content of the page is based in part on Margaret O'Sullivan's NGSS 101 video course. It is also designed to serve as a reference to further NGSS resources for those who wish to take a deeper dive into the standards.

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NGSNavigators Podcast Encore #11 - Dr. Todd Campbell


This is a look back at Episode 31 of the NGSNavigators Podcast, which featured Dr. Todd Campbell, who shared successful strategies and resources to use when implementing model based inquiry in your NGSS classroom. He described ways to guide students through the sense-making process.

Be sure to check out the original Episode 31 blog post for these resources, show notes, and more!

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View a list of NGSS resources related to this episode in the original post.

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Episode 067: Stem 4 Real with Dr. Leena Bakshi Ed.D


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Meet executive director of Stem 4 Real, Dr. Leena Bakshi. She shares with us the growth of Stem 4 Real and the important services they provide, “we realized also that in order for us to really be part of a movement, we wanted to take on professional learning, teacher training school systems, and really look at it in terms of how can we combine instructional curriculum materials, pedagogy, in a way that looks at the intersection of equity and social justice and then robust STEM education at the same time.” Her energy and passion for her work shines through. Be sure to check out the shownotes, and follow Leena on Twitter.

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Episode 031: Model Based Inquiry with Todd Campbell PhD


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Todd Campbell shares with us successful strategies and resources to use when implementing model based inquiry in your NGSS classroom. He describes ways to guide students through the sense making process. Check out the show notes below for links to unit templates with this framework as well as other useful resources mentioned in the show.

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 Show Highlights

  • 02:15 - 06:30    Developing structures for NGSS instruction
  • 06:45 - 14:00    Telling and interactive direct instruction
  • 14:10 - 16:40    Discourse strategies in the classroom
  • 17:00 - 28:00    Addressing "errors" or "misconceptions" in student models
  • 28:30 - 35:00    Assessment and grading for model-based inquiry
  • 35:30 - 39:00 ...
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