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Key Takeaways for Transforming Science Education

By Jenny Sarna, Vanessa Wolbrink 


Since 2013, nearly all 50 states have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or similar standards based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education. These standards are designed around research that shows how students learn science best — by doing science, using the same practices as scientists. Lessons learned during the past seven years of implementing the NGSS offer invaluable insights as well as resources for districts and states undertaking or considering adopting these or similar science standards.

The NextGenScience team brought together a diverse group of educators and experts who had developed, adopted, and/or implemented instructional materials aligned with today’s science standards.

Through a series of focus groups, participants shared essential lessons they learned about developing and delivering high-quality, equitable science learning experiences for all students. The findings from those focus groups are captured in five key takeaways along with resources to support educators and science leaders with improving teaching and learning. The resource also includes a series of “Stories from the Field” that highlight solutions to commonly faced challenges in the field.

For additional insights and resources or direct support for your implementation process, visit the NextGenScience website.

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Copyright: 2020
Format: PDF
Pages: 10
Publisher: WestEd