Take 10: Digging Deeper – A process for unpacking the Disciplinary Core Ideas

Welcome to Take Ten – 10 minutes of professional learning designed to meet educators’ needs remotely. Our purpose is to provide you with quick and easy strategies that you can use for planning. In this Take Ten we will be discussing how you can figure out what content your students really need to know.     Lindsey …

So you just got promoted to Head Teacher – Now What?

With the recent health events resulting in school closures, you are probably finding yourself assuming an additional role – that of your child’s lead teacher. While this time may feel like a vacation from school for some, we need to create structures and routines that best support learning that will need to occur at home. …

What Does Equity Mean in the Next Generation Science Standards?

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasizes equity, that is, making its vision accessible to all students, K through 12. The framework’s goal is to provide students — regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic circumstances — with the opportunity to be successful in their science and engineering coursework. With equitable access to high quality science education, …

A Quick Start Guide to Using NGSS

It is no secret that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) cannot be learned overnight. The NGSS fundamentally alters the way science has been taught in our school systems for years, and developing a strong familiarity with its concepts will likely require reading more than just this blog post.  That said, here are a couple …

What is the Mandell Academy?

Whether you are an educator, parent, or member of the community, most people know that the Connecticut Science Center is a premier destination for student field trips (in 2018 we served more than 30,000 K-12 students on field trips!). Educators bring their students here to support classroom learning and create rewarding experiences with tools that …