Middle school teachers get online training to improve classroom teaching

Friday, July 26, 2013

Twelve middle-school science teachers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties spent three days earlier this week in the Department of Physics and Astronomyat the University of California, Riverside to participate in a national pilot program requiring the use of a rich, web-based environment designed for teachers to reflect on their classroom practice.

Called the Next Generation Science Exemplar System for Professional Development (NGSX), the website engages K12 teachers in the major ideas of the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and the student performance expectations found in the “Next Generation Science Standards”—new standards that are rich in content and practice. Specifically, through a coordinated pathway of learning, NGSX allows teachers to access activities, videos, text, and other resources that illustrate what the new science instruction looks like, the goal being the creation of a clear roadmap for the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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