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About the NGSS Pathways to Engineering Grant

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The NGSS Pathways to Engineering project is a three-year Math-Science Partnership grant funded through OSPI. The project began during the 2015-2016 school year with 36 teachers, ranging from grades 5-12. All Marysville middle school teachers, grades 6-8 are involved in the project. One fifth-grade and ninth-grade teacher was selected from each school as a representative and teacher leader. For the 2016-2017 school year the project includes 30 teachers ranging from grades 5-8. The NGSS Pathways grant provides the teachers with 80 hours of focused and intentional professional development through a four-day Summer Institute and grade level professional learning communities (PLCs) during the school year.

Goals

Goals of the project are to increase teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in science, improve instruction, and increase resources for teaching in the following areas:

  1. The NGSS Scientific Practice of Constructing Explanations and the Engineering Practice of Designing Solutions
  2. NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Engineering
  3. NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas for Energy

Objectives

  • Increase teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices through structured discourse aligned to NGSS and in partnership with STEM professionals to engage in authentic real-world engineering experiences and perspectives
  • Increase teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge of the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas (Defining and Delineating Engineering Problems, Developing Possible Solutions, Optimizing the Design Solution, and Energy)
  • Increase teachers’ instructional practice and principal leadership content knowledge aligned to NGSS through collaboration with STEM professionals in planning, implementing and assessing the use of the NGSS curriculum enhancements
  • Increase resources for teaching the NGSS through collaboration with teacher colleagues and STEM professionals, and support from principals.

Elementary Science Outcomes

Kindergarten Curriculum Connections
This document is written specifically for Kindergarten teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.

First Grade Curriculum Connections
This document is specifically for First Grade teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.

Second Grade Curriculum Connections
This document is specifically for Second Grade teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.

Third Grade Curriculum Connections
This document is specifically for Third Grade teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.

Fourth Grade Curriculum Connections
This document is specifically for Fourth Grade teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.

Fifth Grade Curriculum Connections
This document is specifically for Fifth Grade teachers and connects grade level Next Generation Science Standards, Mystery Science online curriculum, suggested lessons, and the ReadyGen Literacy curriculum.


Middle School Science Outcomes

Sixth Grade 

Course Map
This course map was created during the 2016 NGSS Summer Institute by 6th grade science teachers. The document serves as a starting point that will continuously be revised and modified as all the 6th grade teachers from each school collaborates.

Seventh Grade

Course Map
This course map was created during the 2016 NGSS Summer Institute by 7th grade science teachers. The document serves as a starting point that will continuously be revised and modified as all the 7th grade teachers from each school collaborates.

Eight Grade

Course Map
This course map was created during the 2016 NGSS Summer Institute by 8th grade science teachers. The document serves as a starting point that will continuously be revised and modified as all the 8th grade teachers from each school collaborates.

The 8th grade curriculum includes the following kits: SEPUP - Forces and Motion, and STC - Organisms from Macro to Micro


Ninth Grade Science Outcomes

Course Map
This attached course map was created during the 2016 NGSS Summer Institute by 9th grade science teachers. The document serves as a starting point that will continuously be revised and modified as all the 9th grade teachers from each school collaborates.


Supporting Documents and Protocols

Looking at Student Work Protocol
This document was modified from the LASW HML Protocol developed by Washington State ESDs. It was used during the 2015-2016 school year to guide teachers in analyzing work from the engineering modules they developed and assessing the success of the module.

NGSS Lab Module Template
This document serves as a template for teachers to develop the engineering based module. It is designed to help facilitate teachers incorporating the 3 dimensions of NGSS while also attending to the elements of the engineering process in the NGSS.

2016-17 NGSS Lab Protocols for Sessions 1, 2 and 3
As a result of trying to reduce the number of days teachers are out of the classroom the Grant Leadership Team developed a new protocol with guidance from the OEL process previously used. The result is the "MSVL NGSS Lab Protocol for 2016-17" which has teachers meeting together for session 1. Session 2 the teachers will complete individually on their own or with colleagues to video tape a portion of the lesson, analyze and reflect using the video for evidence of student learning. During session 3 the teachers will meet together as a PLC for 2 hours to debrief the lesson and determine next steps.