Wednesday, June 12, 2013

U Wisconsin: NGSS Online Course

If you are a science or engineering/tech educator in the K-12 space, you have heard about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Several academic organizations (e.g. Achieve, NAS, NSTA) in coalition with twenty six states developed the framework that incorporates the latest in theory and practice. After a couple of years of drafting and revising, the standards are ready for press.

If you are a classroom teacher, a question you might have is where do I find helpful resources? (e.g. scaffolding tips, turn-key curriculum, training). On the NSTA listserv I discovered an online course provided by the STEM Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. It's a great starting point that provides background history, connections to other standards, and in depth explanations of the framework elements. Its free and accessible by internet.