Practice Brief 9 -- Topics: Implementation

How should districts and schools focus professional development when starting to implement NGSS?

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Why It Matters To You
  • Teachers should prioritize learning based on what is actionable now, within their current curriculum, as members of their school science departments or grade-level teams.
  • District staff and PD providers should coordinate their plans with existing material resources and adoption timelines, local expertise, and other district initiatives.
  • School leaders should support the coordination of school and district initiatives and consider the purview of school vs. district leadership.

What is the Issue?

The changes called for in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and NGSS require significant learning for teachers of K-12 science. Teacher learning will take time. It needs to be sequenced so that topics addressed can be put to immediate use and also fuel professional learning into the future. Longterm professional development (PD) plans should be informed by emerging developments in NGSS-aligned resources, tools, and instructional materials as they are shared across states and networks.



Reflection Questions

  • What resources (time, money, materials, and expertise) do you have to invest in PD?
  • What challenges faced by teachers, including those not related to NGSS, will your PD address?
  • How will learning in early stages of your PD serve as a resource for learning in later stages?
  • How will you plan to assess early effectiveness of your PD and modify in response?

Things to Consider

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