High school social studies/English teacher, Tacoma, WA
Did you know that the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) are aligned with the Common Core State Standards? Did you know that the NGSS are organized by a framework that has three dimensions? Did you know that the NGSS is separated into four domains of disciplinary ideas? I’m not a science teacher or an elementary teacher, sp for me this was new, really important, and pretty darn impressive.
This basic understanding of the NGSS has become really important to me in the last few months. While I am a social studies teacher and not a science teacher, I am a Common Core trainer and a learning support leader in my building. This means that I plan professional development and support professional learning communities (PLCs) across my building. This also means I am trying to support the adoption of literacy practices and data analysis according to the Common Core standards in many disciplines outside of my own.
When planning building-wide professional development for literacy we have been lumping all the disciplines together. English Language Arts is an obvious department to include, as well as social studies, science and career and technical studies. These are all covered under the Common Core State Standards and have specific standards in the framework for their subjects.
However, I was visiting a biology PLC in our building a few weeks ago they were talking about the standards they were using for an upcoming unit. I asked them if they were focusing on the literacy standard we have been using as a school wide focus:
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