Supporting the Implementation of NGSS through Research: Professional Development
This resource is a position statement and paper from the National Association for Research on Science Teaching. The authors emphasize that much has been learned in the last several years about effective science instruction, including the importance of paying attention to student thinking throughout instruction, providing opportunities to delve deeply into substantive scientific ideas, and metacognition. Similarly, the field has gained much knowledge about effective professional learning experiences for teachers, which provide opportunities for them to deepen their understanding of science and how students learn science, and to reflect on their practice.
The authors conclude that in order to realize the potential of the NGSS, it will be critical to invest in professional development for teachers of science, as well as for those who play an important role in shaping what happens in classrooms.