The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #2, April 2016
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New "Short Courses" on Curriculum Adaptation and
Three-Dimensional Formative Assessment

While our briefs include recurring themes, STEM Teaching Tools also cover a wide range of topics and ideas. It can be hard to know where to start or which tools work well together.

To address that issue, we are launching a series of "Short Courses," acting as resource guides through a particular topic. Short Courses incorporate STEM Teaching Tools, other resources created by our team, and helpful tools created by outside sources. Our Short Courses can be explored individually or in a group setting, such as a departmental professional learning community or a day of professional development.

Try our first two Short Courses
Do you have topic ideas for our next STEM Teaching Tools Short Course? Email
New Teaching Tools
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Brief #22: How teacher social networks support and constrain sustainable reform [Read]
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Brief #25: How can formative assessment support culturally responsive argumentation? [Read]
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Brief #26: How can assessments engage students in the range of STEM practices? [Read]
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Brief #28: Qualities of a good anchor phenomenon for a sequence of science lessons [Read]
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Brief #29: Steps to designing a three-dimensional assessment [Read]
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Brief #30: Integrating science practices into assessment tasks [Read]
Curriculum Adaptation Toolkit

The University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education is currently collaborating on a curriculum adaptation project, in partnership with Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools, and the Institute for Systems Biology. Many ideas that arise out of this partnership work go on to inspire STEM Teaching Tools.

Most recently, our partnership has created a Curriculum Adaptation Toolkit to share sample materials and useful resources. This toolkit is especially helpful for those looking to use a curriculum adaptation strategy to implement the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) vision for science education. Explore the four-part toolkit on the Institute for Science + Math Education website.

What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges as educators 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.
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