High-quality instructional materials combined with professional learning, embedded and sustained in teaching practice, are both needed to support the ambitious vision in recent science standards.
To support key instructional shifts in the Next Generation Science Standards, we have developed professional learning materials to accompany the instructional materials. These materials take into consideration important findings about best practices in supporting teacher learning (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2015; National Research Council, 2015).
For each unit, a set of accompanying professional learning materials is being developed. The materials include the agendas, slides, videos, handouts and other resources needed to lead the teacher professional development.
Accompanying the teacher professional development materials are a set of facilitator learning materials. Just as we value the importance of good teaching in supporting student learning, we value the importance of good facilitation for the effectiveness of teacher professional development. These facilitator learning materials have been used with the OpenSciEd Field Test Facilitators throughout the project. Included in these materials are the agendas, slides, and resources necessary to layer on top of the teacher professional learning materials.