WA State: LASER STEM Education Leadership Institute

Washington State LASER is offering a week-long STEM Education Leadership Institute to be held June 22-26, 2015 in Lynnwood, WA. For registration information and more details about the institute click HERE.

Applications for teams are due April 3, 2015.

Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards now available

The National Academies Press has just released the prepublication copy of Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards.  You can download a FREE pdf, read it FREE online in your browser or preorder a hardcopy. I haven’t even given this a skim yet, but am interested to hear from anyone who has taken a look.  Let me know what you think.

NGSS High School Evidence Statements Released

The High School evidence statements for the performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards have just been released. These evidence statements provide more clarity about what students should know and be able to do in order to clearly meet the 3 dimensional expectations of the NGSS.

I’ve only given the document a quick skim but I feel like this will be VERY helpful in my work supporting teachers in implementing the NGSS… looking forward to the Middle School and Elementary sets.

Click HERE to download the HS evidence statements.

Washington State to Collaborate on NGSS Assessment Development

I’ve been waiting anxiously to hear whether Washington State would be developing our own NGSS state-wide assessments or if we would partner with others states. Today the word came out that Washington will in fact be working as part of a collaborative group. Below is text from the official announcement from OSPI.

Beginning of development for 2013 (NGSS) Standards

We are happy to announce that Washington has joined a collaborative group of states to begin the development of assessments based on the Next Generation Science Standards (known in Washington as the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards). The group work is being coordinated by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The first step of the collaboration is to develop item specifications based on the Standards.

Dawn Cope and Cinda Parton will be attending the group meetings this winter and spring. We will keep you posted about the progress, and if there are opportunities for educator reviews of the documents during the development stages we will make sure to let you know.

The first state-wide assessments of these new standards are expected to be administered in spring 2017 or spring 2018

Video

Veritasium: This Will Revolutionize Education

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Veritasium video so when I saw the new video titled This Will Revolutionize Education- I felt like I needed to share. Lots of good stuff for us to think about in education reform and educational technology. Also some very wise words about teaching and learning.

NGSS Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks grades 6-12

Achieve has been promising a set of NGSS/CCSS Classroom Assessment Tasks for quite some time… and the first batch has finally arrived! There are currently middle school and high school assessment tasks with elementary on the way.

Click HERE to access the Front Matter for the assessment tasks.

Click HERE to access the assessment tasks as either pdf or Microsoft Word docs.

There are currently 4 middle school sample tasks and 5 high school sample tasks. I’m interested to hear how everyone plans on using these sample tasks.

Enjoy!

Engineering Design Talk Moves

There are lots of great resources for supporting productive classroom talk during science instruction…

But when it comes to engineering design I think we need some different questions and talk moves to guide students as they are collaborating to solve problems. I haven’t found a resource on “engineering talk”… so I created this engineering talk moves document.

This is very drafty and I would love some feedback. What is missing? What is redundant? Does this document even make sense? What needs to be improved to make this document useful for K-12 teachers?

The idea is that this 1 pager would be used by a teacher to guide students’ thinking as they are in the middle of collaborative work to solve an engineering problem.

I look forward to your feedback. Click HERE to download the document.