Background Information and Qualifying Criteria

Introduction
RIDE is offering an opportunity for science educators to participate in a professional learning community focused on the design and development of NGSS-aligned instructional units. Any K-12 educator who has completed training in the EQuIP rubric for Science may apply for the grant.

Objectives
  • Build science educators’ capacity in the design and development of NGSS-aligned units of instruction
  • Strengthen participants’ ability to use NGSS alignment evaluation tools to design and refine three-dimensional lessons
  • Promote collaboration across districts in Rhode Island around the implementation of NGSS curriculum development and instruction
  • Provide a bank of sample NGSS-designed instructional units to support educators in NGSS curriculum development and instruction statewide
 
Scope of Work
Participants will engage in workshop-style professional development to learn how to design a coherent set of lessons aligned to the three-dimensional integrated model of the NGSS.  Working in grade-band small groups, participants will create instructional units around a bundled set of performance expectations in a unit of study from the RI Model Curriculum or other district curriculum.

The participants will conduct peer reviews of the instructional units using the NGSS Lesson Screener and EQuIP rubric and, based on the evaluation, revise their unit into an more aligned intermediate version. The intermediate units will then be peer reviewed and undergo a second revision into a semifinal version. Based on feedback from the large group, each small group will refine their semifinal unit into a final version.  

The original, intermediate and final instructional units along with the completed evaluation tools will be posted on an online platform and made available to science educators across the state.

Participant Selection
**REQUIREMENT: Completed training in EQuIP rubric for science
  • Approximately 20 K-12 science educators
  • At least 6 in each grade band:  K-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Application weighted more for the following:
    • Participation in the RI EQuIP Peer Review Panel
    • Completion of NGSS-related professional development
    • Experience with curriculum writing
    • Instructional leadership in science  (i.e. K-8 science instructional coach, district STEM coordinator, science curriculum coordinator, science department head
 
Grant Award
Participating districts will receive up to $100 per day in reimbursement for substitute pay for 4 full days.
Participating educators will receive a $750 stipend.
 
BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOUR DISTRICT/LEA UNDERSTANDS AND HAS AGREED TO  SUPPORT YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS PLC IF YOUR APPLICATION IS SELECTED.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:  4:00 PM ON MARCH 22, 2017

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