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The NGSS Playbook: The Instructional Leader's Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards

The NGSS Playbook is a must-have resource for any district or school leader as Oregon implements the Next Generation Science Standards! Learn how to be an effective instructional leader throughout the implementation so that you can support teachers in your building. You will learn about the standards and the instructional shifts they demand, the rich connections with Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math, and how to identify effective instructional strategies for equity. The NGSS Playbook was created by a group of science, math, and STEM TOSAs, teachers, and coordinators from districts throughout the Willamette Valley with a passion for developing students' curiosity, ability to think critically, engage in argument from evidence, and design solutions to community-based problems. All attendees will receive a copy of the NGSS Playbook.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education

This reference clearly describes the DCI's, SEP & CCC's that were used to create the Performance Expectations in the NGSS. This framework also includes a set of learning progressions and grade band endpoints that will help guide curriculum and instruction development using the new standards.

Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards 

This guide provides guidance to district and school leaders and teachers charged with developing a plan and implementing the NGSS as they change their curriculum, instruction, professional learning, policies, and assessment to align with the new standards. For each of these elements, this report lays out recommendations for action around key issues and cautions about potential pitfalls. Coordinating changes in these aspects of the education system is challenging. As a foundation for that process, Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards identifies some overarching principles that should guide the planning and implementation process.

Ready, Set, SCIENCE!

Ready, Set, Science! guides the way with an account of the groundbreaking and comprehensive synthesis of research into teaching and learning science in kindergarten through eighth grade. Based on the recently released National Research Council report Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8, this book summarizes a rich body of findings from the learning sciences and builds detailed cases of science educators at work to make the implications of research clear, accessible, and stimulating for a broad range of science educators. Don't let the K-8 in the title keep you from checking out this resource.  The strategies in this book are applicable at all levels.

Developing Assessments for the NGSS

Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards makes the case that a science assessment system that meets the Framework's vision should consist of assessments designed to support classroom instruction, assessments designed to monitor science learning on a broader scale, and indicators designed to track opportunity to learn. New standards for science education make clear that new modes of assessment designed to measure the integrated learning they promote are essential. The recommendations of this report will be key to making sure that the dramatic changes in curriculum and instruction signaled by Framework and the NGSS reduce inequities in science education and raise the level of science education for all students.

Literacy for Science: Exploring the Intersection of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core for ELA Standards

Literacy for Science is the summary of a workshop convened by the National Research Council Board on Science Education in December 2013 to address the need to coordinate the literacy for science aspect of CCSS and the practices in NGSS. The workshop featured presentations about the complementary roles of English/language arts teachers and science teachers as well as the unique challenges and approaches for different grade levels. Literacy for Science articulates the knowledge and skills teachers need to support students in developing competence in reading and communicating in science. This report considers design options for curricula and courses that provide aligned support for students to develop competencies in reading and communicating, and addresses the role of district and school administrators in guiding implementation of science and ELA to help ensure alignment. Literacy for Science will be a useful point of reference for anyone interested in the opportunities and challenges of overlapping science and literacy standards to improve the learning experience.

Research on Science Learning: 
Taking Science To School: Learning and Teaching in Grades K-8

The book provides a detailed examination of how we know what we know about children's learning of science--about the role of research and evidence. This book will be an essential resource for everyone involved in K-8 science education--teachers, principals, boards of education, teacher education providers and accreditors, education researchers, federal education agencies, and state and federal policy makers. It will also be a useful guide for parents and others interested in how children learn.

Science in the Early Years

Recent research suggests early math, science and social studies knowledge may boost achievement for the nation’s youngest students and provides a better chance at future reading success – more so even than early reading skills. (Kimberly Brenneman, National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University, June 2014)

Math in the Early Years

This issue of The Progress of Education Reform reveals five surprising findings about the strong relationship between early math instruction and later student achievement. Researchers have found that early knowledge of math not only predicts later success in math, but also predicts later reading achievement even better than do early reading skills. The paper concludes with implications and recommendations for state policy that will support the development of early math competencies and young children. (Doug Clements and Julie Sarama, University of Denver, October 2013)


Real Solutions for NGSS Science Teaching, taught by Bryan Rebar, PhD, translates the Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 teachers into easy-to-understand, bite sized pieces, and provides guidance to adapt your current lesson plans to meet the vision of the new standards. You have access to 20 hours of content that is interactive and includes videos, readings, learning activities and self-assessment. In addition, you will receive online collaboration and coaching through a discussion board and webinars with the instructor.

Modules include:
Module 1: Introduction to the Three Dimensions of Science Learning

Module 2: Students as Scientists

Module 3: Strategies and Solutions for NGSS for All Audiences

Module 4: NGSS Across the Curriculum – Connecting with Other Disciplines

If you’d like to get a feel for our program, we have a free trial you can register for at 

If you have any questions or want to find out about group discounts, please call Wendy Morgan, Program Development Manager, at 541-356-0426 or email her at


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