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Foundations of NGSS Curriculum Alignment

School teams enhance their capacity to integrate Next Generation Science Standards-aligned instruction across grade levels.

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Applications for the 2018-19 NGSS course have closed. Thank you to all teams who have applied.

About the course

This new course allows participants to:

  • Experience a coherent phenomenon-driven series of lessons that uses high-leverage instructional practices and provides a model for understanding three-dimensional science teaching and learning.
  • Use components (1-3) of the Five Tools and Processes for NGSS and existing curricula to develop a three-dimensional blueprint for a unit, including 3-D lesson-level Learning Performances to guide assessment for the unit, and build a conceptually coherent story line for planning sequences of instruction.
  • Learn from one another's integration efforts by sharing products and discussing processes within and across school teams.


School teams composed of three to four teachers and an administrator (principals, assistant principals, instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, etc.). Best-suited teams will be composed of:

  • Science teachers in consecutive grades (e.g., 6th-7th-8th) from upper elementary and middle school.
  • Teachers and administrators who, collectively, have familiarity with curriculum design, assessment, science content knowledge and the NGSS vision for science teaching and learning.
  • Administrators who wish to develop their understanding of the NGSS vision for science teaching and learning, and the tools and resources teachers need to align with this vision.


All teacher participants will be required to meet for five workshop days and a culminating evening event at MSI, for a total of 43 professional development hours.

Workshop dates for the 2018-19 course are:

  • Cohort A: June 28, August 23, September 13 and November 1, 2018, and January 22 and April 30*, 2019.
  • Cohort B: July 10, August 30, September 20 and November 2, 2018, and January 24 and April 30*, 2019.

* Evening event.

While some workshop days will involve work sessions in which teams' products can be developed, school teams will be expected to meet regularly and work on their curricular products outside of workshop times. 

Administrators will be expected to attend significant portions of several workshop dates.

Additional Supports

  • Participants will receive a stipend for work done outside the workshop dates.
  • MSI will reimburse schools for substitute teachers on workshop days.
  • Participants will receive access to a digital learning community that includes MSI lessons and resources.

Questions? Please email us.