For elementary teachers, our focus during the 2014-2015 school year will be on supporting the Common Core implementation through science instruction. There are a limited number of minutes in a school day, and teachers are continually asked to fit more and more into that set amount of time. The elementary science team at C&I is focused on supporting teachers in identifying ways in which they can bundle their instructional minutes and ‘feed two birds with one seed’. As part of this work, we will be offering a series of professional development sessions called “Integrating Science and the CCSS”. We will also be developing tools and resources for this work that will be shared on our science website.
To prepare for the implementation of the NGSS, we encourage all teachers to:
- Build their understanding of the NGSS by identifying the conceptual shifts that will be required for implementation of the NGSS.
- Focus on creating opportunities within their science instruction for their students to engage in the Science and Engineering Practices.
Our 2014-15 focus on the NGSS for secondary teachers will be two-fold:
- Building Awareness – Through school-based presentations, centrally-offered professional development, and resources shared through the science website, we will be working to support all secondary science teachers in building their base understanding of the NGSS.
- Response & Development Group – We are currently accepting applications for 6th-12th grade teachers to participate in our Response and Development (R&D) group for the 2014-2015 school year. This group will deeply study the NGSS, act as a school site liaison to inform the support that is provided as part of the NGSS implementation, and develop a Scope & Sequence for science in grades 6-12. Apply here for the R&D Group.
Unlike with the implementation of the CCSS for ELA and Mathematics, we have the opportunity to use several years for our shift to the NGSS. We encourage all teachers to:
- Begin this work by building their understanding of the NGSS through the identification of the conceptual shifts that will be required for implementation.
- Focus on creating opportunities within their current science instruction for their students to engage in the Science and Engineering Practices.