1. Julie Yu
  2. Senior Scientist
  4. Exploratorium
  1. Sara Heredia
  2. Assistant Professor Science Education
  4. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  1. Jessica Parker
  2. Director of Teaching and Learning
  4. Exploratorium

STEM Practice-rich Investigations for NGSS Teaching

NSF Awards: 1503153

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Adult learners

The Exploratorium Teacher Institute in San Francisco is a professional learning center for secondary science educators. Here, professional development prioritizes learning by doing, recognizing the ideas and experiences teachers bring to their professional learning as valuable resources. In 2015, we began working on a project focused on helping science teachers modify familiar hands-on, inquiry-based science activities to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The result was a professional learning program that offered new insights into learning dynamics, creating innovative tools and resources for classrooms transitioning to the new standards. Research by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro suggests that teachers used their own experiences as learners to guide them in modifying existing classroom activities as they implemented NGSS. Learn more and get a taste of how a workshop feels at www.exploratorium.edu/education/teacher-institute/supporting-science-teachers.

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