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Science Standards and the Common Core

by ellajphillips

I was looking into the Common Core.

It’s pretty daunting.

And not much work has been done concerning how this will affect ELLs. There is half a page in the document about how little work has been done with how this will affect ELLs. We deserve, or, better, our students deserve much more than a footnote in this massive document.

But there is a group that’s working on it. And a way you can get involved. Check out this link for a webinar by Stanford professor and project co-chair Kenji Hakuta:

Co-chair Kenji Hakuta will discuss the shifts, challenges, and opportunities that all students, especially English Language Learners (ELLs), face as they engage with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The webinar will be the first of a series of free webinars in 2012-2013 that supports practitioners (e.g. teachers, district leaders, professional support providers, curriculum developers) in building their knowledge in supporting ELLs as they implement the new Standards.

And you can go to this link to sign up for the Understanding Language newsletter, which will keep you informed of the group’s progress.

Another development is the Next Generation Science Standards, a process now underway by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve. This group has embarked on a two-step process to develop the way science should be approached in the classroom:

Step One: Getting the Science Right The National Research Council began by developing the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The Framework is a critical first step because it is grounded in the most current research on science and science learning and identifies the science all K-12 students should know.

Step Two: States Developing Next Generation Science Standards In a process managed by Achieve, states will lead the development of K-12 science standards, rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS will be based on the Framework and will prepare students for college and careers.

Read more at nextgenscience.org.

For additional resources on A Framework for K-12 Science Education, click here.

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