In April of 2013, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), developed as a cooperative effort among 26 US states, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Research Council, were released. Although over forty US states have shown interest in the standards, only 18 states, as of the end of last year, have adopted them, in large part because they have lacked curricula and professional development with which to implement them.
Why is it important for the US states to implement NGSS? Well, the world around us is evolving at a much faster pace than ever before. “Science, therefore science education—is central to the lives of all Americans, preparing them to be informed citizens in a democracy,” reads the official NGSS webpage. It goes on to say, “If the nation is to compete and lead in the global economy and if American students are to be able to pursue expanding employment opportunities in science-related fields, all students must have a solid K–12 science education that prepares them for college and careers.”
Meaning, in effect, that there is a compelling need to address the current challenges in science education so that schools can produce young individuals not just with some level of knowledge, but also critical thinking and communication skills crucial to succeed in today’s fast moving world. The NGSS are designed to do exactly that.
In less than 2 years Lifeliqe has become the leading publisher of STEM content and curricula. We recognise the importance of the NGSS and that’s why we’re proud to say our K-12 science curricula are aligned to the NGSS. All of our 550+ lesson plans that include the 1,100+ interactive 3D models.
Concurrently, we also see a need not just to create content that helps students meet the NGSS but also to show the teachers how better to teach to the NGSS in their classrooms. We are now building upon our science curriculum to develop a complete professional development offering designed to train teachers to be more effective implementing next generation science.
Because there’s no point of having a supercar if you don’t know how to drive it, right?