This page is dedicated to providing accurate, reliable, and vetted resources focused on the Illinois's Learning Standards for Science which are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A variety of resources are shared, including resources to assist teachers, administrators and districts in their implementation, resources for making sense of NGSS curriculum, instruction, and assessment, and resources to support educators in the shift to NGSS.
Have you found a resource that has helped you along the journey? Interested in sharing with other ISTA members? Send ideas and resources to ISTAProfessionalLearning@gmail.com
Looking for a way to connect your student scientists with professional scientists? Next Generation Science Standards call for our students to engage in the practices of scientists and engineers. In doing so, students examine phenomena, generate questions, and investigate. As students search for answers to their questions, there are times where consulting the larger scientific community or an expert in the field would be advantageous. This resource enables student scientists to collaborate with professional scientists.
Sarah McAnulty, a Ph.D. student, started an outreach program where classrooms and scientists are matched for Skype session. "Skype a Scientist matches scientists with classrooms of any grade from around the country to answer any questions student might have! The goal of the program is to have students across the country have positive experiences with scientists and see a scientist that is not the stereotypical white man with crazy white hair. If we can teach a little science in the process, that’s an added bonus!"
If you would like to know more about the program, more information can be found at: Skype a Scientist.
Nationally Recognized Professional Learning Resources
The home and hub of everything NGSS!
NSTA has so many resources to share. To help make sense of NGSS, start with these great resources:
The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM Teaching Tools is currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. The tool will include research articles, resources, and other valuable information related to the topic. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them. This article provides background on this effort.
Recent Tools - Practice Briefs:
Professional Development Resources:
The Teaching Channel offers an online platform for teachers to share and view a variety of videos intended to support teachers, schools, and districts. Listed below is a collection of videos intended to support the implementation of NGSS.
The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The following are linked to NAP publications supporting the Next Generation Science Standards. These publications are available for download, reading online, or paperback purchase.
NGSS Resource Collections
NSTA has resources sharing how to develop a lesson using the 5E model.
With support from the National Science Foundation (DRL # 1348990)* a team of science educators and biologists have worked over the span of four years to develop, pilot, and refine curricular and pedagogical resources to support you in implementing a full year of high school biology that engages students in three-dimensional learning as called for in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. The team includes teachers who work with students every day. Members of our team have worked for many years to figure out how to bring the practice of developing and using models into the science classroom
Resources for Districts
Resources for Administrators
Resources for Parents
Professional Learning Opportunities
What professional learning opportunities are available for teachers and districts?
Professional Learning Resources
From NGSS Now: 9 things you need to know about NGSS this month September 2016
#NGSSchat is an online forum for educators to learn and share insights around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Each month, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, educators from across the nation gather online to discuss and reflect upon quality science instruction. The hashtag#NGSSChat, via Twitter, provides access to learning support from NGSS experts, peers, and scientists with rich and diverse backgrounds and contributes to educators' on-going, personalized professional growth.
Click here to learn more.
Science Matters is an initiative of the National Science Teachers Association promoting quality science education, through the sharing of information, resources, and professional development opportunities. Many of the resources shared in Science Matters offer opportunities for networking.
Interested in signing up for the Network News directly - Become a Point of Contact for your district:
Each state has a Science Matters Coordinator whose primary role is to be the point of contact for distribution of science resources and opportunities to the state network.
The Illinois state coordinator is Mary Lou Lipscomb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Topic Specific Resources
An essential NGSS shift calls for students to make
sense of phenomena and/or design solutions to a
Searching for phenomena to drive student questioning and investigations? The links below offer collections of phenomena and resources highlighting natural phenomena resources.
Science in the News
An essential NGSS shift calls for students to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. Searching for age-appropriate, relevant, and rich science news to share with your students? The links listed below offer sources of science in the news.
Technology + Science Resources