Twig Education is announcing an exclusive partnership with Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), part of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, to provide professional learning for Next Generation Science Standards teachers.
Together, they’ve created a series of Professional Learning Masterclasses that will help elementary teachers become accomplished science instructors fluent in the instructional shifts demanded by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Catherine Cahn, CEO of Twig Education, says: “I was terrible at science at school, so I completely understand how many non-science-specific elementary school teachers are daunted by implementing the NGSS. We’ve worked with Stanford to address this with an engaging and supportive program that makes teaching science fun.”
The Masterclasses series was developed by Cathy Zozakiewicz and Lauren Stoll from SCALE. It covers topics including:
- Introduction to NGSS—Three-hour workshop using grade-specific materials, run by experts in three-dimensional learning and assessment, including comprehensive guidance on making the instructional shifts required by the NGSS, putting 3-D learning into action through hands-on lessons, and maximizing the implementation of Twig Science Next Gen lessons and resources in your context.
- 3-D Performance Assessment—Exploring how to work the NGSS’s instructional shifts into new forms of assessment, including taking a closer look at what Twig Science Next Gen performance assessments provide as evidence, how they should be used, and how they integrate with instruction.
- Science Language and Literacy in the NGSS Classroom—Examining and practicing strategies for supporting language development in the NGSS classroom, focusing on Twig Language Routines. This includes capturing student use of language to reflect upon and improve NGSS classroom instructional and assessment practices.
- Equitable Instruction in the NGSS—Introducing innovative approaches toward equitable pathways into STEM learning and careers, providing access to youth from historically under-represented backgrounds.
Cathy Zozakiewicz says: “This set of professional development workshops was created to help science teachers and leaders maximize the use of the Twig Science Next Gen curriculum, assessment, and resources.”
Teachers who complete the Masterclass program with final reflection questions will be awarded a certificate of completion from SCALE.
Twig Education is a market leader in NGSS science programs with Twig Science Next Gen for elementary and middle schools—developed with SCALE and Imperial College London. The collaboration with SCALE, the leader in PreK–8 NGSS professional learning, will help elementary teachers fulfil the potential of this revolutionary new curriculum, reflecting the inspiring, inclusive nature of the Twig Science Next Gen program.
Masterclasses can be delivered district wide or as part of a special NGSS weekend during the summer on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto.