Guidance for Evaluating Next Generation Science Materials
NextGen TIME is a suite of tools and processes for curriculum-based professional learning that supports educators in evaluating, selecting, and implementing instructional materials designed for next generation science. Specifically NextGen TIME allows districts and educators to analyze and select materials for improving science instruction for all students, based on key criteria and scoring guidance. It also provides educators with a transformative professional learning experience focused on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the implementation of high-quality materials designed for next generation science. The instructional materials targeted are either larger units of study or yearlong programs. All program tools are freely available. NextGen TIME is a collaboration among BSCS ScienceLearning, K–12 Alliance atWestEd, and Achieve. It is part of the Advancing Tools and Processes for Next Generation Science project funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is setting the standard for 3Dlearning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in grades 1–5 in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines that connect to the world around them.
Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be.
Students interested in animals and wildlife will find Brave Wilderness an engaging YouTube channel to follow. They can join hosts Coyote Peterson, Mark Vins, and Mario Aldecoa as they lead viewers on a variety of expeditions featuring everything from grizzly bears and crocodiles to rattlesnakes and tiger sharks.