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Ms. Ellingson from Los Angeles CA is requesting professional development through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Professional development

New Science Standards Ahoy! Help Us Prepare.

Teacher Professional Development: I need professional development books and guides to improve my science teacher practice. <profdevpilot>

  • $1,103 goal

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My Students

At the end of the school year, I want my students to be inquiry driven in science. My biggest challenge to getting them there is implementing the new science standards.

My teaching experience and career thus far includes a few years of teaching undergraduate classes in history and science, and this is my first year teaching middle school science.

I am coming in to the science teaching profession as new science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards. My school is heavily focused on professional development for the new Common Core Standards for English and Math, and is not working on implementing professional development for science. While my credentialing program has been great at introducing me to the new standards, I need more training and guidance as I implement the standards in practice. My colleagues and I are helping one another get up to speed.

My Project

The materials I am requesting are all books published by the National Science Teachers Association, and all are published with the new science standards embedded. I plan to learn a variety of skills from these books. I will learn how to effectively transition from the previous state standards to the new standards, how to implement new standards practices and new assessments to inform my practice. I will learn how to create a sense of exploration for the students, how to train other teachers in the new practices, and more. The new science standards are rigorous and focus on inquiry, evidence-based argumentation, and hands-on exploration. Having these books to learn from will ultimately benefit my students by giving me the conceptual and practical skills to implement the new standards. The students will benefit from up-to-date and relevant teaching practices. In addition, these books will be shared amongst the science teachers, so that all students at the school will benefit.

These materials will greatly help me develop as a science educator and will help my ability to implement science standards for the 21st century.

These professional development guides will improve my classroom by improving my practice. This will impact my students as they too need to have 21st-century skills and improved achievement in all areas, including science literacy.

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Ms. Ellingson
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
A Leader's Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study • NSTA $47.95 1 $47.95
Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts, Revised 2nd Edition: Designing Instruction Aligned to the NGSS • NSTA $46.74 1 $46.74
Exemplary Science: Best Practices in Professional Development, Revised 2nd Edition • NSTA $38.94 1 $38.94
Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning • NSTA $37.95 1 $37.95
Introducing Teachers and Administrators to the NGSS: A Professional Development Facilitator's Guide • NSTA $36.95 1 $36.95
Science Formative Assessment, Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning • NSTA $34.95 1 $34.95
Science for the Next Generation: Preparing for the New Standards • NSTA $34.95 1 $34.95
Models and Approaches to STEM Professional Development • NSTA $34.95 1 $34.95
The Basics of Data Literacy: Helping Your Students (and You!) Make Sense of Data • NSTA $32.95 1 $32.95
Resources for Environmental Literacy: Five Teaching Modules for Middle and High School Teachers • NSTA $32.95 1 $32.95
The New Science Teacher's Handbook: What You Didn't Learn From Student Teaching • NSTA $31.95 1 $31.95
Exemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success • NSTA $31.95 1 $31.95
Making Science Mentors: A 10-Session Guide for Middle Grades • NSTA $29.95 1 $29.95
Citizen Science: 15 Lessons That Bring Biology to Life, 6-12 • NSTA $29.95 1 $29.95
5 Practices for Orchestrating Task-Based Discussions in Science • NSTA $29.95 1 $29.95
Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers • NSTA $29.95 1 $29.95
Succeeding With Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms • NSTA $27.95 1 $27.95
The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities • NSTA $27.95 1 $27.95
Assessment in Science: Practical Experiences and Education Research • NSTA $25.95 1 $25.95
NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities, Second Edition • NSTA $19.95 1 $19.95
The NSTA Reader's Guide to A Framework for K-12 Science Education, Second Edition: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas • NSTA $16.95 1 $16.95
Science Fair Warm-Up, Teachers Guide: Learning the Practice of Scientists • NSTA $15.95 1 $15.95
Girls in Science: A Framework for Action • NSTA $13.97 1 $13.97
Engineering Essentials for STEM Instruction: How Do I Infuse Real-World Problem Solving into Science, Technology, and Math? • NSTA $12.95 1 $12.95
The NSTA Ready-Reference Guide to Safer Science, Volume 3 • NSTA $21.95 1 $21.95

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