Welcome to weekly episodes talking about all things NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) for teachers, parents, and administrators of children in grades K-8. Featuring interviews with NGSS experts, actual living scientists, and K-8th grade teachers all with one goal in mind:
Providing you with effective, efficient, and engaging NGSS professional development. Because we think YOU are phenomenal.
Episode 074: Resources for Conducting NGSS Aligned Professional Development with Lori Henrickson
Lori Henrickson works at the curriculum level in her district in Nevada and is the state science teachers association executive director. On this episode, she shared her approach to NGSS focused professional development and outlined for us how she conducted her sessions. This past year she focused on 3 main goals: student assessment, building relationships and connections between scientists and teachers and identifying phenomena. Lori shared with us some helpful professional development resources to navigate through NGSS curriculum development.
Episode 073: Teaching about the Intersections of Biology, Race, and Racism with Jeanne Chowning and Hanako Osuga
Jeanne Chowning and Hanako Osuga sat down with us to discuss some of the curricular work that they have done specifically focused on race, racism, and genetics within the context of addressing and navigating these topics in the classroom.
Episode 072: Using Modeling as a Pedagogy in Chemistry with Erica Posthuma
This week we had a conversation with Erica Posthuma, a current high school chemistry teacher. Erica shared with us some of the practices she has implemented as a “modeler” and how she helps students develop their own understandings from their observations and understandings. Erica also discussed her journey as a teacher, including how she was affected by the pandemic and how modeling has changed how she approaches chemistry. Erica wraps up this episode discussing some of the avenues she has found to publish as a high school chemistry teacher.
071: MySci and Elementary Curriculum Development with Jeanne Norris
This week we chatted with Jeanne Norris who is a part of the Washington University Institute for School Partnership. She discussed some of the features and benefits of the MySci program, which she helped develop. This program provides teachers with quarterly kits, curriculum and professional development to incorporate high quality science material in their classrooms. Jeanne also discusses educative curriculum and some of the behind the scenes aspects of building elementary curriculum. She talks about how science can be tied to reading and math standards and help students grow holistically.
070: Student Teaching NGSS in a Pandemic with Madison Levine and Rachel Lauzier
In this week’s podcast, we sat down with Madison Levine and Rachel Lauzier, two seniors in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. They discuss their student teaching experience this past spring and how they navigated being a pre-service teacher in a pandemic. The two of them touch upon hybrid teaching and the challenges they were faced with when balancing in person and at home students. Moreover, they discuss resources they found helpful while facilitating a hybrid classroom and share with us their experience engaging students in NGSS practices.
The Current State of Science Education
Board members of the Margaret O'Sullivan STEM Foundation--Jen Gutierrez, Wanda Bryant, and Todd Campbell--discuss the current state of science education in America, along with Tamashi Hettiarachchi, who is introduced as the next host of the NGSNavigators Podcast.
Episode 73 Science Education Partnership
What is race? What is it not? Good resource for high school biology teachers to answer these two questions.