Using the Implementation of the Kansas Science Standards as an opportunity to 




Implementation is about casting a grand vision for science education...

...and strategically and deliberately moving your classroom, building, district and local community...

...closer to this vision.

Implementation is about advancing instruction in the classroom,

...building or empowering vertical (K-12) teams in your districts,

...developing or enhancing partnerships with informal science educators and business and industry in your community,

...engaging your community in the value of science education,

...and preparing ALL students for their lives beyond high school.  

Implementation should be informed by the science education research laid out in the K-12 Framework for Science Education.

Build Communities for Science Education

  Implementation Planning

Lesson Plans  


Implementation Planning Documents
These resources were developed by the Kansas NGSS Review Committee as a starting point for teachers, schools, and districts to think carefully about the changes that need to happen in order to successfully implement the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards for Science and are intentionally shared in an editable format so they can be adapted to fit local planning.
Example 4-year implementation planThis document was put together with Kansas teachers and curriculum directors as an example of what a multi-year implementation might look like (Excel).
Example 4-year implementation planThis document was put together with Kansas teachers and curriculum directors as an example of what a multi-year implementation might look like(pdf).
DRAFT District Implementation WorkbookThis DRAFT workbook provides support to districts as they think big about their implementation plans. It is shared in an editable format so that teachers, school, and districts can edit to meet their needs.
New Resource!

A great new resource was recently published by the National Academies Press to help support districts as they think about what is needed to move their systems for science education closer to their vision for what science education should be for all students.

Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards
 The Guide to Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards can be viewed online or downloaded for free here:


Implementing to meet the Kansas Vision for Science Education
 Steps for Successful Implementation

 1. Cast A Fearless Vision


Far too often we get mired in the muck of the day to day.  To successfully implement, you will need a compelling vision for why science education is important for ALL students. This vision should anchor all of your implementation work.




 2. Build a Coalition


Bring together the critical stakeholders needed to advance science instruction in your district.  This should include parents, educators at all levels (pre-K through post-secondary), informal science educators (zoos, museums, wildlife and parks, etc) and business and industry in your community.  To reach the vision for ALL students will take commitment from a variety of stakeholders--involve them early and often in the transition to new standards.  As stakeholders are added to the conversation, clearly articulate and be open to revising your vision.




 3. Strategically Move Toward the Vision


Change can be overwhelming.  Once you cast a critical eye on the components of the system that seem to be holding you back, it will easy to get derailed by these roadblocks.  Revisit your vision.  Prioritize your needs.  Lay out a multi-year plan to address these priorities.  This plan should include what needs to be done, who is going to do it, and a way of measuring whether or not the plans recommendations are moving your community toward your vision.




 4. Practice Tenacious Patience 


We must cling to this vision with the tenacity of a honey badger, but simultaneously be aware that it will take sustained effort to realize.  This is a marathon, not a 100m dash.  Be prepared for turnover in the stakeholder team, waning interest as the newness of the plan wears off, and other struggles that come with change.  A three year time period to transition is ambitious and even then you won't know the full effect until a kindergartner entering the system at that point graduates from high school.

Contact Information


Meg Richard       Michelle Irvine
K-12 Science Education Program Consultant                     Senior Administrative Assistant
(785) 296-8108       (785) 296-2078


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