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WestEd Announces 2020–2021 NextGenScience Peer Review Panel (PRP) Launch

The NextGenScience project at WestEd has finalized the selection of a Peer Review Panel to continue its work evaluating lesson sequences and units designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, and sharing selected high-quality examples online.

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High-Quality Online Professional 
Development, Training, and Support

Our virtual services provide access to a national network of peers and deliver timely evidence-based guidance to keep you moving forward.

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NextGenScience at WestEd: Transforming Science Teaching and Learning

WestEd is pleased to announce the launch of NextGenScience—a new project and team focused on advancing science teaching, learning, and achievement nationwide through the implementation of rigorous science standards.

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Supporting the Needs of Next Generation Science Education

Our Making Sense of SCIENCE team sat down with educators from the Manteca Unified School District to learn how they are implementing Next Generation Science Standards.

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Improving STEM Teaching and Learning – Top Resources for Teachers and Leaders

This month we highlight strategies for student success in STEM subjects. Check out the following six tips and accompanying resources.

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Classroom Innovations: A Protocol for Teacher Collaboration

This guide offers steps and resources for working with peers to research classroom innovations that benefit next generation science classrooms, reflect on current practices, and respond to challenges.

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WestEd STEM Projects Featured in National Science Foundation Video Showcase

WestEd projects are featured in the 5th annual STEM for All Video Showcase. The event features over 240 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the week-long event (May 13-20), researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and members of the public are […]

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NGSS Implementation: Six Recommendations for Investing in Science Teacher Leadership

Teacher leadership plays a critical role in implementing widespread instructional change, and in many ways, administrators hold the key to nurturing or stifling leadership development.

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Spotlight: Promoting High-Quality STEM Teaching and Learning

This April, WestEd focuses on what educators can do to inspire all students, especially those students who are underserved, to learn and succeed in STEM.

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Transitioning to an Integrated Approach to Science Instruction

A new report discusses how districts are transitioning from a discipline-specific model for science instruction to a model in which the science disciplines are connected, leading to a holistic understanding of science phenomena.

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