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The Next Generation Science Standards (K-12)

Have you tried to make sense of the Next Generation Science Standards without feeling successful? Are you overwhelmed because your district has recently adopted these new standards and you are not sure where to begin? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-12 who want to begin to unpack the complexity of the Next Generation Science Standards. This course takes teachers through a step-by-step explanation of the standards, including how to interpret the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas at each respective grade band. The role of curricula is discussed, as well as how Universal Design for Learning plays an important role in the assessment of the standards. Teachers will be introduced to an overview of assessment and how it applies to the Next Generation Science standards, as well as a brief overview of how to bundle some of the core ideas contained within the standards. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This is a very well put together course!! I have really learned a lot about the new standards and how they are meant to be implemented." - Carol Dicksen


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

Proficiency Scales for the New Science Standards: A Framework for Science Instruction and Assessment” by Robert Marzano, David Yanoski, and Diane Paynter

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 36T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC40102

Unit One

  • Developing the NGSS: A Brief History
  • A New Conceptual Framework
  • The Guiding Principles of the Framework
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • The Shift to the Next Generation Science Standards
  • The Anatomy of a Standard
  • Important Considerations
  • All Standards, All Students
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Performance Expectations
  • Dimension 1: Scientific and Engineering Practices
  • Dimension 2: Crosscutting Concepts
  • Assignment #3: Respond to a classmate
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas — Physical Sciences
  • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas — Life Sciences
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas — Earth and Space Sciences
  • Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas — Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • The Role of Curriculum
  • Integrating Technology into Science Instruction
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • The Future of Science Assessment
  • Assignment #4: Create STEM activities
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)