The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Seminar – From Vision to Practice
Course Overview: By engaging in the NGSS seminar, participants will acquire professional learning and collaborative support as we move the vision of the Next Generation Science Standards to implementation and practice. We will focus on the conceptual shifts of the NGSS and their synergy with the Common Core State Standards as we examine practical strategies that integrate the three dimensions of the standards and support student learning. Participants will have the opportunity to “implement” between sessions and share experience through collaborative dialogue.
• Examine the research that guided the development of the NGSS and identify the implications for instruction.
• Develop a sequence of instruction or revise a sequence of instruction that aligns with the NGSS.
• Use a working knowledge of the NGSS to collaboratively determine how the learning progressions of the NGSS will help guide the development of a coherent curriculum.
Target Audience: The NGSS seminars will provide a forum for science education leaders to gain a deeper understanding of these new standards and their implications for the teaching and learning of science and engineering. Science education leaders who might consider taking the course include…
• Teacher leaders, Classroom teachers interested in gaining expertise in the NGSS and sharing their resources and experience with colleagues, Science and STEM coordinators and curriculum leaders
David White is the coordinator of professional learning communities for the Vermont Science Initiative. He also works with schools and districts providing professional development and science curriculum support. Prior to joining the staff of VSI, David was the director of curriculum, assessment and instruction for the Lamoille North Supervisory Union. He served as Vermont’s state science coordinator from 2000 to 2005 and taught science for 25 years prior to working at the Department of Education. David also served on the National Science Education Standards development working group and currently serves on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) standing committee as well as the advisory board for the Next Generation Science Exemplar initiative. He has a MEd. in science curriculum and instruction from the University of Vermont.
Renee Affolter, is a Program Co-Director for Vermont Science Initiative, teaching courses and mentoring teachers throughout the state since 2003. She has been able to apply her Masters in Science Education from UC Berkeley and her high school and middle school teaching experience to helping teachers improve science instruction in their classrooms. Renee is also responsible for teaching Best Practice in Science Education, Action Research, and Science Assessment courses for VSI. In addition, Renee works in schools and districts throughout the state providing professional development, science coaching, and curriculum development support