The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
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Welcome to Field Notes, the new STEM Teaching Tools newsletter!

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What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to help educators address common challenges as they adopt the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These tools are helping thousands of educators across the country align their teaching with best practices from both research and teaching.  

STEM Teaching tools are:

  • co-written by researchers and educators.
  • easily downloadable as PDFs.
  • updated regularly at, with new briefs created in response to educator needs.
Access the entire collection of STEM Teaching Tools
New Teaching Tools
STEM Teaching Tool 18
Brief #18: How teachers can develop formative assessments that fit a three-dimensional view of science learning [Read]
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Brief #21: What school building administrators should know about the new vision for K-12 science education [Read]
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Brief #23: Evaluating curriculum materials for alignment with the new vision for K-12 science education [Read]
News from the Field
Engaging teachers in the adaptation of curriculum materials is one promising strategy for implementing NGSS. This story describes a multi-year effort of this kind underway with teachers in Seattle and Renton School Districts. Read more about how this research-practice partnership is bringing three-dimensional, NGSS-aligned learning into the classroom.
Upcoming Events at NSTA in Nashville
How to Make Science Instruction Compelling to Students: Designing Formative Assessments to Build on Learners' Interests AND Knowledge
Hands-On Workshop
When: March 31, 2016 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Fisk Two

NGSS@NSTA Forum: How Should Districts and Schools Focus Professional Development When Starting to Implement NGSS?
When: April 1, 2016 | 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Where: Music City Center, Grand Ballroom C1

NGSS Share-a-Thon, STEM Teaching Tools 
Special Event
When: April 2, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.  - 10:30 a.m.
Where: Music City Center, Grand Ballroom C1

How to Assess Three-Dimensional Learning in Your Classroom: Building Tasks that Work
Hands-On Workshop
When: April 2, 2016 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Music City Center, 105B

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