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 Public Draft Announcement


The second complete public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards is AVAILABLE FOR FEEDBACK UNTIL JANUARY 29, 2013! 

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 Next Generation Science Standards FAQ
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1. Why new science standards? Why now?
2. How will critical thinking and communications skills, which are fundam...
3. How will the standards take into account current research in cognitive...
4. Will the standards be internationally benchmarked?
5. What are core ideas in science?
6. What are scientific practices?
7. What are crosscutting concepts?
8. How is the development of the Next Generation Science Standards differ...
9. Is the federal government involved in the development of the Next Gene...
10. Who will be involved in the development of the Next Generation Science...
11. Will there be an opportunity for the general public to submit feedback...
12. What is the timeline for completing the Next Generation Science Standa...
13. Will there be an alignment of the Next Generation Science Standards to...
14. How will Kansas use the NGSS final documents?

 NextGen Time (Link) 

NextGen Time is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators to evaluate, select and implement materials to support 3 Dimensional learning.
A summary of materials offered by Nextgen Time may be found below:
Stage Description Resource
Prepare Prepare to evluate, select, and implement instructional materials  (Link)
Prescreen Use a small number of criteria to focus on the most relevant materials  (Link)
Paperscreen Use evidence and rubrics to evaluate materials as used in the classroom  (Link)
Pilot Use evidence and rubrics to evaluate materials as used in the classroom  (Link)
Plan Plan for broad and effective implementation of materials  (Link)


EdReports (Link)

EdReports is an independent nonprofit designed to improve education by providing reviews of K-12 instructional materials.


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Meg Richard
STEM Program Manger K-12

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