Connecticut Science Teachers Association

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NGSS in Connecticut

On this page we will post resources available as you look to improve your teaching with NGSS.

An Update on NGSS Implementation/Assessment:  Powerpoint presented at the April 4, 2017 CSSA dinner by Ron Michaels and Jeff Greig.

Web Resources

  • NSTA NGSS Hub - The National Science Teachers Hub contains many videos, archived webinars, and resources for moving into NGSS. Many of the resources are free to all, some to members only.  
  • NGSS Unit Planning Template This unit planning template was developed in alignment with Stroupe and Windschitl’s (2015) framework for Ambitious Science Teaching that focuses on “1) planning a unit around a “big science idea”, 2) eliciting and activating students’ ideas about a puzzling phenomenon (for the purpose of adapting instruction), 3) helping students make sense of science activities, and 4) pressing students to construct evidence-based explanations” (p. 1). ​
  • Phenomena for NGSS - TJ McKenna's site that explains the reasons for phenomena and has many examples to use in the development of your lessons.
  • Next Generation Assessments - This site is being developed with some tasks available. 
  • NGSS Lesson Screener Users who are familiar with the EQuIP Rubric will recognize some familiar criteria. However, the NGSS Lesson Screener has fewer criteria because the intended purpose is different and smaller in scope—it is only for lessons and not for units, and it is not intended to fully evaluate and score lessons.
  • STEM Teaching Tools - Research-based handouts for STEM and NGSS

Connecticut Workshop Links

  • Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) - a web-based, expert-led experience of a “3-Dimensional” culture of science learning, where students use science “practices” (specifically modeling and arguing with evidence) and “crosscutting concepts” to co-construct scientific explanations of real-world phenomena. Expert-facilitated; tuition fee; 30-36 hours of seminar-style learning for groups of teachers. Plans for several more “cohorts” in 2017 have been announced.
  • Why NGSS? - Designed to be a “hands-on” introduction to NGSS, this 2-day workshop will lead participants through immersive NGSS experiences as adult learners. There will be small and whole group discussions as well as limited exploration of the standards documents. Several opportunities are being offered during the 2017 school year.
  • Next Generation Science-CT: an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a broad overview of the changes to science teaching and learning. No-cost; web-based; self-paced; Eleven (11) modules are available which offer 16 to 60 hours of structured professional learning for groups of educators.
  • Curriculum Unit Development Institute (CUDI): Designed for educators possessing a working knowledge of the pedagogical shifts required by the NGSS, this five-day workshop will equip participants with the skills and tools needed to develop three-dimensional units. As part of the workshop, participants will work in teams to develop a three-dimensional unit at a grade band of the team’s choice. It should be noted that all units developed as part of the institute will be collected by the state and vetted for potential statewide sharing. Look for workshop opportunities of the CUDI in late Spring/Summer of 2017 through the state RESC system.


 Looking for a free resource for NGSS science? Next Generation Science-CT known as the NGSS Short Course is an introduction to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a broad overview of the changes to science teaching and learning envisioned in the Framework for K-12 Science Education (National Research Council, 2012).  No-cost; web-based; self-paced; this is an excellent opportunities to develop a PLC regarding NGSS. The eleven (11) modules that are complete will provide many hours of instruction.

The link is as follows: 

NGSS Curriculum Unit Development Summer Institute

August 7 - 11

Experience the NGSS conceptual shifts as you investigate the architecture of the standards. • Engage in the curricular design process following a research-based protocol. • Generate a NGSS-aligned sample unit that is anchored in a phenomenon and is peer reviewed. • Develop learning sequences that are three-dimensional and coherent. Audience: Administrators, curriculum directors, elementary and science teachers and science team leaders Prerequisite: An Introduction to NGSS and/or an NGSS equivalent.

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Location: EASTCONN Conference Center, Hampton

Sun, Moon and Earth: A Rare Glimpse of 

Eclipse Phenomenon!

Middle School Science NGSS Professional Development

Saturday, August 19th, 10:00 – 3:00

Talcott Mountain Science Center, 324 Montevideo Road, Avon, CT

Anchoring NGSS learning to relevant scientific phenomena has been encouraged by national leaders.  On Monday, August 21st, an eclipse of the sun will be observable from coast to coast, providing opportunity for students and teachers alike to directly observe a rare phenomenon.

The spectacular event is opportune as middle school teachers across Connecticut begin to develop and pilot NGSS-congruent classroom tasks.  In this five-hour NESTA-hosted professional development event, middle school teachers will explore and co-develop classroom activities to facilitate students’ ability to demonstrate an NGSS performance expectation (MS-ESS1-1).  Topics include safe observing methods (Engineering Design), classroom modeling of phenomenon, and research-based strategies to support argumentation.

Lunch, door prizes (Galileoscopes, radiometers), and professional development certificates will be provided.


Member of one of the organizations listed below?  Use code “nestact” for the 25% discount off the $20 fee.  

  • ·       American Association of Physics Teachers – New England Section
  • ·       Connecticut Science Teachers Association
  • ·       Connecticut Science Supervisors Association
  • ·       National Earth Science Teachers Association

Register by Friday, August

 Contact Information:

Curriculum Collaboration Day - August 10

JAD Middle School, Southington, CT

8:30 am  - 2:30 pm

With so many districts writing curriculum units there have been requests for a collaborative effort to help move CT forward as we continue to transition to NGSS.  This is an opportunity to bring what you are writing or implementing and obtain feedback from people doing similar work.  But for this to be a collaborative effort all participants must bring something to the table. This can be any step in the writing/implementing process.

Although the timing may not be great, this gives people time to revise and plan prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year.  There is not cost but you will need to bring your own lunch.  We hope to have similar sessions in the future.

Please register by completing this Google form.  This information is needed for planning.  Contact John Duffy at with any questions. 

John Duffy, PreK-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator

Southington Public Schools

South End Elementary School

860-628-3320 x325

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