What Professional Development Strategies Are Needed for Successful Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards?
This resource is a paper presented by Dr. Brian J. Reiser, from Northwestern University, at the Research Symposium on Science Assessment, hosted by the Center for K-12 Assessment & Performance Management (K-12 Center) at ETS, in September 2013 in Washington, DC. It articulates the required changes needed in professional development of teachers, in order to support students in the type of coherent sense-making science practices called for in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The author emphasizes that the required changes in teachers’ daily practices cannot be accomplished by learning about [the] NGSS, or by developing a collection of isolated techniques. Instead it requires fundamental attention to what we now know about how to support teachers changing their practice. It emphasizes the collaborative nature of professional development and the utility of technology toward this effort.