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Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX)

The Connecticut State Department of Education and the Connecticut Science Center have partnered on supporting the Next Generation Science Standards.

NGSX is a blended professional learning system designed to help teams of K-12 science educators, in a collegial, seminar-like environment, to apply the pedagogical shifts described in the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards to their own teaching. NGSX brings the expertise of Framework developers, experts in teacher learning, and expert professional development facilitators to science educators across Connecticut. NGSX is organized into learning pathways structured to immerse participants – as learners and as educators -- in NGSS-aligned learning using a web-based system of tasks, tools and resources. The NGSX experience combines first-hand science investigations, videotaped expert commentary, and classroom case studies along with facilitated individual, small group, and whole group discussions. We offer three NGSX pathways: two for teachers and coaches -- Introduction to Three Dimensional Learning, Parts One and Two -- and one for principals and other instructional leaders -- PLANS. See below for details.

Introduction to Three-Dimensional Learning, Part One:
Argumentation, Explanation, and Modeling the Behavior of Matter

In this program, participants engage in modeling and constructing explanations of complex phenomena, hallmarks of Next Generation Science. They also learn to use questioning strategies and other “talk moves” to create a classroom culture in which students explain their thinking, listen to and build on the ideas of others, and function as a community of critical thinkers.
Audience: Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders, informal science educators
Enrollment: Teams of two or more
Duration: 36 hours; typically scheduled in 1- to 2-day sessions spread across two or three weeks
Location: Around the state
Format: In-person facilitated study groups using a web-based professional learning program and first-hand experiences
Facilitation: Expert-facilitated by certified learning leaders
Cost: $1,500 per person

Session Offerings: View NGSX Session Offerings


Introduction to Three-Dimensional Learning, Part Two:
Taking It Back to Our Classrooms

This workshop familiarizes participants with the characteristics of supporting 3D learning sequences with instructional materials. Participants will learn how to analyze lesson sequences to identify or adapt "storylines" by working with a variety of tools, instructional materials, and teaching examples in various tasks.
Audience: Teachers of science, STEM coaches, district science leaders
Prerequisite: Introduction to Three-Dimensional Learning, Part One
Enrollment: Teams of two or more
Duration: 24 hours, scheduled across 3 days in close proximity
Location: Around the state
Format: In-person facilitated study groups using a web-based professional learning program and first-hand experiences
Facilitation: Expert-facilitated by certified learning leaders
Cost: $900 per person

Session Offerings: View NGSX Session Offerings


PLANS: Principals Learning About, Networking, and Supporting Three-Dimensional Science Learning

This pathway supports instructional leaders in figuring out constructive strategies for supporting teachers as they implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Participants experience three-dimensional learning, observe footage of teachers implementing 3-D learning, and gain strategies for supporting excellent science teaching.
Audience: Principals, Assistant Principals, Coaches, and Other Instructional Leaders
Enrollment: Teams of two to four
Duration: 10 hours over 1.5 consecutive days
Format: In-person facilitated study groups using a web-based professional learning program and first- hand experiences
Facilitation: Expert-facilitated by certified learning leaders
Cost: $400 per person

Session Offerings: View NGSX Session Offerings