Welcome to the eighth 100Kin10 Annual Partner Summit, an annual convening of 250+ leaders committed to solving the challenges underlying the STEM teacher shortage. 

Over the course of the day, our hope is that you’ll spark meaningful connections with peers, exchange perspectives and stories, glean insights, and get energized about new possibilities for your work and for the field.
Tuesday, March 26 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

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How might we support teachers in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, including through instructional materials and curricula?

Grand Challenge Themes:
Professional Growth
Instructional Materials

Boyd County High School
Carly Baldwin Twitter: @gingeraffebald1

 As a Teacher Forum member, here's how I'm tackling this challenge:
"Implementing NGSS with fidelity is difficult for many teachers, but I think it is extremely challenging in the elementary school classroom.

I have used the Kentucky teacher-created resource bank of Through Course Tasks (TCTs) with great success for implementing NGSS in K-12 classrooms. TCTs are formative assessment lessons designed to assess mainly the Science and Engineering Practices and the Crosscutting Concepts, which are often the weak areas of NGSS implementation.

Without proper support for educators, students are not going to get the full benefit that a strong NGSS-based education would offer. Most students get turned off from science careers because in their education experience, science has never been a hands-on process. Making sure our current students have a rich and diverse science education is an important step in recruiting the next generation of STEM educators.”

Academy for Urban School Leadership
Alissa Berg  Twitter: @alissabberg | @AUSLChicago

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
“Supporting teachers to effectively translate NGSS into instruction through Model-Based Inquiry, PLCs, and Lesson Study.”

There are a number of frameworks that support teachers to teach science in NGSS-aligned ways (e.g., 5E, project-based science). However, Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) stands out among the rest. MBI led to a principal reporting, “science instruction has completely transformed” at her school and a student stating that he was so “fascinated” by the phenomenon they were investigating that he couldn’t sleep and felt compelled to write a 4-page letter to his teacher with his theory. This teaching transformation occurred through our PLC model which involves starting with a team of teachers who explore MBI through discussing articles, coaching them as they experiment with new strategies, and arranging for them to get into each other’s classrooms.

The Institute for School Partnership, Washington University
Jeanne Norris and Rachel Ruggirello  Twitter: @JMNorrisISP @RRuggirello

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
“mySci K-8 is a program developed by university researchers and classroom teachers that provides local districts with the materials, lesson plans, and professional development they need to successfully implement NGSS.”

What would be possible for a child who has an amazing science experience starting from kindergarten? At mySci, this is the vision that drives us. The challenges are numerous, from the volume of content that needs to be covered, to districts that can't prioritize science, to lack of teacher preparation in science. By encouraging partnership with a fee-for-service nonprofit, being responsive to feedback from teachers and students, and including professional development and materials with our curriculum, we have transformed K-8 science in St. Louis. We have seen positive results in test scores and received anecdotal feedback from teachers and students who say that for the first time, they feel confident and engaged during science instruction. 

Digital Promise
Anthony Baker Twitter: @anthbake @DigitalPromise

How our organization is tackling this challenge:
“Building equitable, student-driven NGSS instruction by using Challenge Based Learning, a framework for identifying, investigating, and solving challenges.”

Using a Challenge Collaborative model with the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise has undertaken a project with funding from the Hewlett Foundation to make connections between the Next Generation Science Standards, Challenge Based Learning, and Open Educational Resources. The outputs of this project will be 6-8 units of instruction aligned to the NGSS that focus on solving student-identified challenges, as well as resources like frameworks, white papers, and guidance for districts and teachers. This project brought together three diverse school districts to participate in the development of the units, and this presentation will share key lessons from our first in-person convening.

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Carly Baldwin

Effectiveness Coach, Boyd County High School
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Alissa Berg

Associate Director, Science Curriculum & Instruction, Academy for Urban School Leadership
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Jeanne Norris

K-8 Curriculum Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis/ Inst. for School Partnership
Jeanne Norris is a Curriculum Coordinator at the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University- St. Louis. She writes and edits mySci curriculum, and has served on Achieve's national EQuIP Science Peer Review Panel. Before working at the ISP, Jeanne taught high school... Read More →
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Rachel Ruggirello

Associate Director, Washington University in St. Louis, Inst. for School Partnership
As associate director I provide strategic direction for the programs of the ISP and oversees the curriculum and professional development initiatives of the organization. I lead teams of instructional leaders in the organization to take what we know as best practices in teaching and... Read More →
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Anthony Baker

Project Director, Next Generation Science, Digital Promise
Anthony joins Digital Promise from the Center for Education Initiatives at Illinois State University and the Illinois State Board of Education. As the Science Content Specialist for the State of Illinois, he partnered with school districts to facilitate science standards implementation... Read More →

Tuesday March 26, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
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