Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS

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By Eric Brunsell, Deb M. Kneser, and Kevin J. Niemi. $48.04. 250 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2014. ISBN: 9781938946189.

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This book is invaluable for anyone seeking to promote constructive dialog in their schools about how to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) successfully.

It provides activities for introducing the nature and structure of the standards so that all possible stakeholders can understand the intent, purpose, and value of the NGSS. It provides activities for exploring what is new and different about the NGSS from previous science education reform efforts so that current science teachers can evaluate what they are doing in their classrooms in light of the new standards. It provides activities for making the transition from the performance standards in the NGSS to the development of proper assessments, individual units, and larger curriculum decisions, and finally, it provides activities to explore the connections between NGSS and the new language and math standards of the Common Core State Standards. …

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