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Teacher professional development and coaching for hands-on science

in Elementary, Middle School and Afterschool Classrooms.

Making the transition to NGSS requires a careful assessment of student needs and teacher capacity. The   Understanding by Design protocol helps districts, schools and teachers unpack the new standards, set clear learning objectives and plan lesson units backwards from authentic and rigorous assessments.

Science practice are embedded into every one of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as other state science standards, requiring science teachers and specialists to change the nature and rhythms  of classroom instruction.

Science curriculum kits are still available for Elementary and Middle school classrooms. Kits usually contain materials to demonstrate specific concepts or challenge students to solve related problems. Kit-based science can provide students with first hand opportunities to test ideas, form hypotheses, collect and analyze data and evidence and communicate findings and conclusions to each other and to others.

Afterschool engineering  and science projects that use simple and inexpensive materials allow students to build and test simple devices and explore common and interesting phenomena in the world around them. These projects can supplement formal science learning by building interest, confidence and use of the science process skills (practices) that can boost engagement in formal science classes.