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Pathway

Session 1: Target Core Ideas

Goal for this sessionThe new vision of science education focuses on deep understanding of a limited number of disciplinary core science ideas (DCIs). In this session, teachers analyze their curriculum through the lens of a DCI, identifying  target ideas and how a sequence of learning experiences within the curriculum builds students’ understanding of them.

Session 2: Investigation Questions

Goal for this session: Teachers are able to a craft an investigation question that guides activities and discussions and leads students to a deeper understanding of a disciplinary core idea (DCI).

Session 3: What's the Evidence

Goal for this session: In the NGSS vision, students learn that science relies on evidence to answer questions about the natural world.   As teachers plan their lessons, they learn to consider what evidence students will need to develop explanations and what classroom activities will lead to the evidence.

Session 4: Focus on Making Meaning

Goal for this session: Teachers are able to plan full class discussions where students share their thinking and reasoning as they make sense of their classroom work.