Next Generation Science Exemplar-Based Professional Learning System (NGSX) is a system of Professional Development designed to help teachers learn about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional science teaching and learning that is described in The Framework for K-12 Science Education. It is a web-based system designed to guide teams of K-12 science educators through the pedagogical shifts that transform “learning about” science to “figuring out” how science is practiced. NGSX brings the expertise of NRC Framework developers, experts in teacher learning, and expert professional development facilitators to science educators.
NGSX is organized into learning pathways structured to immerse participants–as learners and as teachers–in the 3 dimensions of learning; core ideas of science, scientific and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts called for in the Framework. Using a web-based system of tasks, tools and resources in a study group format, 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. Because these tools, tasks, and resources are located on a web-platform they are available to participants at any time outside of scheduled study group meetings.
In a collegial, seminar-like environment, NGSX participants will engage in modeling and constructing explanations of complex phenomena, hallmarks of Next Generation Science. They will also learn to use questioning strategies, or “talk moves,” to create a classroom culture in which students use evidence to explain their thinking, listen to and build on the ideas of others and function as a community of critical thinkers. For more information and to watch a short video please go to NGSX.org.