Next Generation Science Standards

As states and their school systems move to implement the Next Generation Science Standards for K–12 science education, they will require new and more integrated approaches to curriculum implementation, educator preparation, and professional development. And they will need effective tools and resources to implement these standards and drive improvement.

Drawing on 20 years of research and practice, as well as our experience since 2010 working with districts to implement the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics, the Dana Center offers an integrated suite of products and services to support implementation of the new science standards.

The NGSS, officially released in April 2013, were developed by 26 states and a critical stakeholder team of hundreds, working in collaboration with the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve.

District and School Improvement

Our services to support your successful NGSS implementation include expert in-district, on-site support, as well as ongoing professional development and technical assistance.

Professional Development

You come to us

We offer a coherent portfolio of professional development sessions to enrich your content knowledge and professional toolset. In particular, we have new sessions on Introduction to A Framework for K–12 Science Education and Applying the Vision of A Framework for K–12 Science Education to Instruction.

Our sessions are most effective when experienced in series by teams from your school or district.

We schedule regular institutes—assorted professional development seminars for teachers, administrators, and district or school teams—in science, mathematics, curriculum development, and education leadership, among other areas.

We’ll come to you

If you would like us to bring a session or suite of services to your district, contact us at dana-services@utlists.utexas.edu to learn more.

Other Classroom Tools

We offer Formative Assessment Activities for High School Biology and High School Chemistry that reinforce students’ knowledge of—and reveal their thinking about—essential concepts in these subjects.