Connecticut Science Teachers Association

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NGSS in Connecticut

On this page we have posted resources available as you look to improve your teaching with NGSS.  The resources provided here are general but offer good information.  

Members!    You have access to our NGSS Resource Clearing House.   These resources are current and continually updated.   

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). ‚Äč
  • 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.

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