• Exploring the Next Generation Science Standards
    A Do-It-Yourself Resource Guide for Understanding the Next Generation Science Standards
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    In Washington State the Next Generation Science Standards were adopted in October 2013.
    What can you do now to support the implementation?


    Step #1 - Explore Resources that provide a "big picture" view of the NGSS
    What are the three dimensions that make up the standards?
    Download and view this NGSS Three Dimensions Document created by the folks at NSTA
    Where can you find a quick reference guide to the NGSS Dimensions?
    Download and view the NGSS Cheat Sheet developed by a Regional Science Coordinator here in Washington State
    Where can I view online versions of the NGSS?
    You can access the online version of the NGSS at the Next Generation Science Standards Web Portal
    The folks at NSTA have also created an online version of the NGSS and you can view that here.

    Step #2 - Get familiar with the architecture of the NGSS
    How do you read the architecture of the Next Generation Science Standards?
    View this quick NGSS created video which orients you to the architecture and coding present on the new standards.
    How can you get a deeper understanding of the components of a Performance Expectation?
    Watch the five minute video screencast below which overviews a process for examining a NGSS Performance Expectation.
    Use the linked resources below to focus on a performance expectation of interest and work through the process described in the video.
    Resources for Performance Expectation Analysis:

    Step #3 - Review the Washington State Transition Plan for your Grade Level
    What is the suggested transition plan from Washington State & how do you navigate the document?
    View this quick video cast which provides an orientation to the Washington State Transition Plan.

    Step #4 - Review the Resources from the Olympic Science Leadership Team

    2015-2016 Meetings

    October 2015 Science Leadership Team Meeting

    How would you describe three-dimensional teaching and learning as envisioned in the NGSS?

    What are the NGSS Innovations?

    How can we use the Fundamentals of Learning as a framework to consider effective science instruction?


    2014-2015 Meetings

    October 2014 Science Leadership Team Meeting

    How were the NGSS developed?

    How do you navigate the NGSS?

    What are the key Shifts in the NGSS?

    View the October SLT Meeting Resources Here

    December 2014 Science Leadership Team Meeting

    Can I identify the various components of a Performance Expectation?

    How can you Bundle Performance Expectations to align to the courses you teach?

    What are the characteristics of the Engineering Design Cycle?

    View the December SLT Meeting Resources Here

    February 2015 Science Leadership Team Meeting

    How do I introduce my students to Engaging in Argument From Evidence?

    Given the NGSS DCI, what are the various ways we could sequence courses at the secondary level?

    View the February SLT Meeting Resources Here

    April 2015 Science Leadership Team Meeting

    How do I introduce my students to Developing and Using Models?

    How do we support students in using text-based evidence to explain science phenomena?

    View the April SLT Meeting Resources Here


    If you have any difficulty finding the resources you need please contact:
    Jeff Ryan
    Regional Science Coordinator