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47 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Episode 074: Resources for Conducting NGSS Aligned Professional Development with Lori Henrickson
Lori Henrickson works at the curriculum level in her district in Nevada and is the state science teachers association executive director. On this episode, she shared her approach to NGSS focused professional development and outlined for us how she conducted her sessions. This past year she focused on 3 main goals: student assessment, building relationships and connections between scientists and teachers and identifying phenomena. Lori shared with us some helpful professional development resources to navigate through NGSS curriculum development.
55 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode 073: Teaching about the Intersections of Biology, Race, and Racism with Jeanne Chowning and Hanako Osuga
Jeanne Chowning and Hanako Osuga sat down with us to discuss some of the curricular work that they have done specifically focused on race, racism, and genetics within the context of addressing and navigating these topics in the classroom.
36 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 072: Using Modeling as a Pedagogy in Chemistry with Erica Posthuma
This week we had a conversation with Erica Posthuma, a current high school chemistry teacher. Erica shared with us some of the practices she has implemented as a “modeler” and how she helps students develop their own understandings from their observations and understandings. Erica also discussed her journey as a teacher, including how she was affected by the pandemic and how modeling has changed how she approaches chemistry. Erica wraps up this episode discussing some of the avenues she has found to publish as a high school chemistry teacher.
40 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
071: MySci and Elementary Curriculum Development with Jeanne Norris
This week we chatted with Jeanne Norris who is a part of the Washington University Institute for School Partnership. She discussed some of the features and benefits of the MySci program, which she helped develop. This program provides teachers with quarterly kits, curriculum and professional development to incorporate high quality science material in their classrooms. Jeanne also discusses educative curriculum and some of the behind the scenes aspects of building elementary curriculum. She talks about how science can be tied to reading and math standards and help students grow holistically.
47 minutes | May 27, 2021
070: Student Teaching NGSS in a Pandemic with Madison Levine and Rachel Lauzier
In this week’s podcast, we sat down with Madison Levine and Rachel Lauzier, two seniors in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. They discuss their student teaching experience this past spring and how they navigated being a pre-service teacher in a pandemic. The two of them touch upon hybrid teaching and the challenges they were faced with when balancing in person and at home students. Moreover, they discuss resources they found helpful while facilitating a hybrid classroom and share with us their experience engaging students in NGSS practices.
42 minutes | May 13, 2021
069: The Current State of Science Education - Jen Gutierrez, Wanda Bryant, Todd Campbell, Tamashi Hettiarachchi
Board members of the Margaret O'Sullivan STEM Foundation--Jen Gutierrez, Wanda Bryant, and Todd Campbell--discuss the current state of science education in America, along with Tamashi Hettiarachchi, who is introduced as the next host of the NGSNavigators Podcast. Intro music used: Music from Uppbeat (free for Creators!):https://uppbeat.io/t/hey-pluto/making-tracks License code: H8FIKLRTOVEPE6T4
41 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
In Remembrance: Interview with Margaret O'Sullivan
We are at the one year mark when our founder and leader Margaret O’Sullivan passed away. In her honor, the Margaret O’Sullivan STEM Foundation was started as a nonprofit to carry on the work she started and to continue providing new content and resources to the community of science educators. As a way to introduce ourselves and our vision, we are replaying the podcast episode in which Todd Campbell interviews Margaret O’Sullivan, where you can get a feel for why she began NGS Navigators and the passion she carried for this work.
30 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
068: Meet Disease Ecologist Kaylee Arnold
Disease ecologist Kaylee Arnold shares with us her research on kissing bugs, particularly how their gut bacteria and environments impact the transmission of Chagas disease. We also hear why learning through application and research has been so important to her, and how the #BlackandSTEM hashtag has helped her find a community of Black scientists. Find shownotes at https://www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/068 Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
39 minutes | Feb 19, 2020
067: Stem 4 Real with Dr. Leena Bakshi Ed.D
Meet executive director of Stem 4 Real, Dr. Leena Bakshi. She shares with us the growth of Stem 4 Real and the important services they provide, “we realized also that in order for us to really be part of a movement, we wanted to take on professional learning, teacher training school systems, and really look at it in terms of how can we combine instructional curriculum materials, pedagogy, in a way that looks at the intersection of equity and social justice and then robust STEM education at the same time.” Her energy and passion for her work shines through. Be sure to check out the shownotes, and follow Leena on Twitter. Dr. Bakshi will also be presenting at NSTA in April. Check out the show notes for more details. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/067 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
33 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
066: Making Science Thinking Visible K-6 with Steve Addison
Meet Steve Addison, a K-6 science specialist at an elementary school, who's done various workshops with American Modeling Teachers Association and ACS. Steve is here to share his experiences and strategies about guiding students to make their thinking visible. He’s looking to see how students can perform or do science versus regurgitating or reciting certain concepts. Tune in and learn what making thinking visible looks like in K-6. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/066 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
47 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
065: S.T.E.A.M. Ahead with Beth Topinka
Have you been thinking of incorporating more engineering in your lesson plans--but not sure where to even begin? You’ll love today’s episode with Beth Topinka. She specifically talks about a 5th grade and a 3rd grade engineering project she does with her students. Lots of inspiration here! Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/065 for links to resources.
41 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
064: Diving into NGSS with Spencer Martin
Join our guest today, Spencer Martin, as he candidly shares his NGSS journey from having just a cursory review of NGSS in Texas to 3 years later in Kansas where he is currently a science curriculum instructional coach. Lots of insight on strategies that work (and don’t work) when beginning NGSS implementation. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/064 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
33 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
063: Question Formulation Technique (QFT) and NGSS with Annika Goodin
Annika shares with us all about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) create by the Right Question Institute. She walks us through the why and how and then shows us how it can be strategically used with NGSS to become even more engaging and effective. Including how to intentionally use the cross-cutting concepts. Lots of practical inspiring strategies shared here. All links and resources mentioned can be found in the shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/063 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
48 minutes | Jan 15, 2020
062: 3 Dimensional Assessment Planning with Paul Andersen
Paul Andersen joins us this week as we focus on two main topics: 3 dimensional assessment planning and the difference between traditional inquiry and 3 dimensional teaching/learning. His website, www.wonderofscience.com has a plethora of tools and resources for NGSS teachers. We will link the ones referenced in this podcast but please visit the website regularly as new tools are developed regularly. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/062 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
29 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
061: Designing an NGSS Storyline with Kate Henson
Today we have Kate Henson from Inquiry Hub walk us through the steps of designing an NGSS storyline. She then tells us of the free NGSS high school biology units available on iHub and other opportunities for teachers offered by Inquiry Hub. (And a chemistry unit on its way!) Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/061 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
35 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
060: Science in the City with Dr. Bryan Brown
Meet Dr. Bryan Brown, is an associate professor of science education at Stanford University. His work focuses on improving urban science education focusing on exploring how language and identity impact urban students’ learning. His book, Science in the City, was recently published and expands on the ideas on how science education can flourish if it is connected to students’ backgrounds, identities, language, and culture. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/060 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
39 minutes | Dec 25, 2019
059: Justice‐centered science pedagogy with Daniel Morales-Boyle
Daniel Morales-Boyle talks with us today about the powerful impact of a justice-centered science pedagogy. He gives examples of what this looks like throughout different grade bands. He specifically shares a high school chemistry unit he taught in Chicago. In the show notes, find his research and similar articles of the impact of justice centered science pedagogy. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/059 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
36 minutes | Dec 18, 2019
058: Building K-5 NGSS Units with Phaedra Taft
Phaedra Taft shares with us how her team of teachers developed NGSS K-5 units. She discussed how they successfully use concept walls and concept posters with the early elementary students. Listen here for tips, and resources as Phaedra shares her team’s NGSS journey. Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/058 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
39 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
057: EQuIP Rubric 101 with Jeanane Charara
Meet Jeanane Charara, a Science Resource teacher, a Science Peer Review Panelist, and has earned a Level 1 EQuIP Leader Credential. The Science PRP is an elite cohort of educators from across the country with expertise in the NGSS and the EQuIP Rubric for Science that reviews lessons and units to determine if these materials are NGSS aligned. Jeanane walks us through each of the EQuIP rubric categories and explains how teachers can use it to evaluate their NGSS curriculum and/or use as a guide in designing their own NGSS instructional material. Lots to learn here! Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/057 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
36 minutes | Dec 4, 2019
056: Homegrown NGSS Curriculum Design with Suzanne Sullivan
In this episode, Suzanne Sullivan shares with us the work her district’s vertical planning team has done with designing NGSS curriculum She discusses the work she is doing as a 5th-8th grade science coach and encourages teachers to use their current skill set and passion as an entry point to NGSS. We all have strengths and skills to bring to the table with NGSS and it’s best to tap into those as we implement the vision of NGSS. Fantastic interview and a plethora of resources. Check out the shownotes! Shownotes at www.ngsnavigators.com/blog/056 for links to resources. Join our Facebook Group and let us know what you think of this episode. And remember, you’re phenomenal!
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