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Evaluating Resources for NGSS: The EQuIP Rubric
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This web seminar took place on July 29, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. eastern daylight time. The presenters were Brian J. Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and Joe Krajcik, Director of the CREATE for STEM Institute.


Ted Willard, NSTA's NGSS Director, introduced the webseminar by providing an overview of the Next Generation Science Standards, including how the standards were developed, which states have adopted them and which organization, including the NSTA, have been instrumental in providing assistance in the development of the NGSS. Ted also discussed the NSTA's commitment to helping teachers and educators understand the NGSS, so that teachers can begin implementing the new standards in their instructional practices. After this brief overview, Brian Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences, School of Education at Northwestern University and Joe Krajcik, Director of CREATE for STEM Institute of Michigan State University introduced the Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric.


The webseminar focused on how explaining how the EQuIP rubric can be used to evaluate curriculum materials, including individual lessons, to determine alignment of the lesson and/or materials with the NGSS. Three-dimensional learning was defined, highlighted and discussed in relation to the rubric and the NGSS. An emphasis was placed on how to achieve the conceptual shifts expectations of NGSS and three-dimensional learning using the rubric as a guide. Links to the lesson plans presented and hard copies of materials discussed, including the EQuIP rubric, were provided to participants. The webseminar concluded with an overview of NSTA resources on the NGSS available to teachers by Ted, and a Q & A with Brian Reiser and Joe Krajcik.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "This seminar explained in detail how to address creating an appropriate lesson plan or unit and questions to answer prior to initiating the lesson or unit."
  • "This was very helpful. Seeing examples and being able to discuss the rating with other teachers and hear expert opinion increased my confidence in using the rubric."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




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