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Five Tools Implementation Models

Part of the Five Tools and Processes for Translating the NGSS Into Instruction and Classroom Assessment Curriculum Collection.

The Next Generation Science Standards call for an approach to science teaching and learning that is very different from the approach common in classrooms today and that is significantly more demanding in some respects than the former science standards. As an increasing number of states adopt or adapt the NGSS, the specific needs and goals of different audiences has become increasingly varied.

The resources provided below offer leaders of professional learning well-tested models for using the Five Tools for supporting the introduction of NGSS-aligned teaching and learning. Using these models are appropriate for work with targeted audiences and purposes.

Use Model A to introduce the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to administrators and other district leaders through a common learning experience.

  • Audience: Formal and informal school leaders who need a deeper understanding of what phenomena-focused three-dimensional teaching and learning is and what it looks like in a classroom setting.
  • Time: One full-day session (recommended) or two half-day sessions.

Use Model B to work with a group of educators to plan for classroom instruction focused on the NGSS.

  • Audience: Teachers, district or school-based instructional coaches and leaders, and informal science educators. Professional Development leaders may also be interested in attending to develop a deeper understanding of the process.
  • Time: Three one-day face-to face sessions with work time in-between sessions (recommended) or three full-day sessions.

Use Model C to work with a group of educators to plan for classroom assessment focused on the NGSS.

  • Audience: Classroom science teachers, assessment developers, curriculum developers, Professional Development leaders, state or district assessment teams, school or district curriculum teams, or administrators who are interested in developing three-dimensional formative and summative assessments.
  • Time: Three one-day face-to face sessions with work time in-between sessions (recommended) or three full-day sessions.