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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


EASTCONN provides a variety of professional learning opportunities in STEM and NGSS for administrators, curriculum directors, teachers and science team leaders. Our science specialists stay up-to-date on emerging trends and practices in science and share this knowledge through regularly scheduled workshops, meetings and councils. Support can also be customized to meet the unique needs of school districts. Please contact us with any specific questions. 


A message from Stacey Williams-Watson, PhD; STEM Education Specialist & STEM Lab Coordinator

Welcome back! I hope this school year will be a productive and exciting one for you. As a reminder, I am here to help and always an email or phone call away. As you prepare for the year ahead, please keep the following in mind:

Our first Science Council Meeting is scheduled for Sept. 13, 2017, from 1-3pm.  Register by clicking this link, http://rs.registereastconn.org/courses/view/id/14881.  At this meeting, we will plan for the year ahead and discuss NGSS and curriculum. 

Ron Michaels, from the CT Department of Education, plans on attending the second Science Council meeting on Nov. 15, 2017. Please add this date to your calendars and register by clicking this link, http://rs.registereastconn.org/courses/view/id/14882. Ron sent a message to DAC members earlier this month looking for volunteers. Please read his message below:  

“The CSDE is developing statewide Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) assessments (Standard and Alternate) for students in grades 5, 8, and 11. Students will take these new assessments in spring 2019. A field test will occur in 2018. 

The new assessments will require students to use information, observations, and data to think and act like scientists. Questions will include a variety of new interactions, simulations, and animations. They will challenge students to show a deeper understanding of their scientific knowledge by making sense of the natural world and solving problems. Sample Standard NGSS assessment items are available at http://ct.portal.airast.org/ 

The Department is looking for science teachers or science supervisors to participate in the development of the Alternate NGSS Assessment. This alternative assessment is intended for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Therefore, we are seeking those staff with an understanding of NGSS and/or with experience teaching those students.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Alternative NGSS Assessment Workgroup Application no later than September 5, 2017. Please share this with other colleagues who you believe would be qualified to serve on this workgroup.

The workgroup will be staffed based on an applicant’s experience and a representation of urban, suburban and rural districts. Applicants will be notified by September 8, 2017, if they have been selected to participate. 

This workgroup is tasked with developing and recommending strategies for CSDE to use to develop the Alternate NGSS Assessment for students in grades 5, 8 and 11 with significant cognitive disabilities. Participants would be expected to attend an initial meeting on September 19, 2017, from 8:30-3:00 pm and commit to attending approximately 2-3 additional meetings in fall 2017.

Please contact Michelle Rosado at michelle.rosado@ct.gov or 860-713-6748 if you have any questions regarding the Alternate Assessment. All other testing questions should be directed to Jeff Greig at jeff.greig@ct.gov or 860-713-6854 and questions regarding NGSS implementation, standards and instruction can be directed to Ron Michaels at ronald.michaels@ct.gov or 860-713-6851.”

Finally, please view our upcoming Science PD flyers. We are considering running another Curriculum Unit Development Institute if participants are interested. If you are interested, please email me at swatson@eastconn.org and let me know!

Click here to view the NGSS Professional Learning Opportunities Flyer. Workshops include:

Interested in bringing EASTCONN’s Mobile STEM Lab to your school? Take the first step! Register today for a FREE training. Click for training for Elementary (Grades K-2)Grades 3-12, or Grades 6-12. Click here to view the STEM Lab Opportunities Flyer

Best of luck this school year and I look forward to learning and collaborating with all of you!

-Stacey Williams-Watson, PhD


To learn more, contact: 

Dr. Stacey Williams-Watson
Dr. Stacey Williams-Watson
Science/STEM/NGSS Facilitator
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