K-12 NGSS Teacher Professional Development


We are currently working towards the best practice of conducting extended teacher professional development programs. If you wish to start a conversation about fully integrating your teachers to the NGSS with extended teacher professional development, please contact Meghan McCleary (mmccle5@illinois.edu) or Sue Gasper (smgasper@illinois.edu).


Extended Professional Development Programs

Next Gen Science Exemplar -- NGSX (Administrators, Educational Leaders)

PLC Next Gen Storylines Extended Teacher PD -- (K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Educational Leaders)
These platforms have a variety of pathways that can be leveraged to fit the needs of your school or district staff, including specific pathways for administrators, elementary teachers, middle school teachers, and those who want to implement NGSS-designed curriculum. 

These blended professional learning systems are designed to help teams of K-12 science educators apply the pedagogical shifts described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards to their own teaching. Learning pathways are structured to immerse participants -- as learners and as teachers -- in 3-Dimensional learning using a web-based system of tasks, tools and resources. These experiences combine first-hand science investigations, videotaped expert commentary and classroom case studies along with facilitated individual, small group and whole group discussions. In a collegial, seminar-like environment, participants will engage in modeling and constructing explanations of complex phenomena, hallmarks of Next Generation Science. They will also learn to use questioning strategies, or talk moves, to create a classroom culture in which students explain their thinking, listen to and build on the ideas of others and function as a community of critical thinkers.


Shorter Professional Development Workshops
*Available on a limited basis*

Thinking about NGSS: Introducing the Practices (Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Looking for ways to begin aligning your instruction with the NGSS? This workshop offers a brief but comprehensive overview of the NGSS as well as activities designed to deepen teachers understanding of the Practice of Science and Engineering. Teachers will also examine a common lesson to get ideas for revising materials to enhance student engagement with the Practices.

Introducing Engineering in the NGSS (Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Start using engineering in your classroom! This introductory session is intended to familiarize teachers with the engineering design process in the context of the NGSS and provide them with a starting point for integrating engineering into their classrooms. Teachers will have the opportunity to engage in both a simple and a more complex project in order to experience the engineering design process.

Engineering Design Projects for Specific Grade Bands (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

This workshop provides teachers with information on how to execute design projects for grades 3-5 or 6-8. Teachers will walk through iteration and optimization of activities in different NGSS disciplinary core idea realms: physical, life, and earth and space science. It is a prerequisite that you attend an introductory Engineering NGSS session or are very familiar with the NGSS prior to this workshop.

NGSS for Administrators: An Introductory Guide to Implementation (K-12 Administrators)

This workshop is intended to introduce administrators to the NGSS, identify the support their teachers need, and get them thinking about how to make a successful transition. An introduction to NGSS, as well as research based methods for implementation will be discussed. Connect with other administrators and educators, get answers to your critical questions, and leave with a better idea of how to get your school on the right path.

EQuIP Yourself for NGSS - 2 parts (Grades K-12)

In this 2-3 session workshop, teachers will get to know the EQuIP Rubric for Science and begin to evaluate lessons and units for their alignment to the NGSS. Teachers will further develop their proficiency with the rubric by reviewing lessons or units for instructional supports and monitoring student progress. Attending one of our other NGSS sessions or a similarly rigorous session prior to this workshop is a prerequisite.

Evaluating and Creating NGSS Lessons and Units (Grades K-12)

In this full-day workshop, teacher will learn how to evaluate lessons and units with the EQuIP Rubric for science. They will also learn research-based strategies for their own unit and lesson planning. Participants will have in-depth conversations with their peers and have many opportunities for collaboration. It is a prerequisite that you attend an introductory Engineering NGSS session or are very familiar with the NGSS prior to this workshop.

Cost Effective Science (K-8)

Discover ways to give students the opportunities to delve into life science lessons while on a budget. For more information, please contact Courtnye Jackson (courtnye@illinois.edu)

NGSS for the Novice (Open all Grade Bands)

With the adoption of the standards, it is imperative that educators understand them prior to implementation and assessment.  This workshop gives background information and a brief introduction to reading, understanding and incorporating the standards into their current curricula. Participants also delve into the main concept shifts necessary for today’s science teaching. This workshop is geared towards teachers that have little to no experience with the new standards.
For more information, please contact Courtnye Jackson (courtnye@illinois.edu)

What Parents Need to Know About the NGSS

Are you interested in discussing what the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards means for your child’s education?  This workshop gives a brief but thorough overview of the standards and what the shift means for student science learning and how parents can help them during the transition.  (1 hour).  For more information, please contact Courtnye Jackson (courtnye@illinois.edu)