NGSS Next Generation Science Standards Training Course

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Field-based NGSS Training

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Teaching Science with NGSS

Join an experienced cohort of educators in the field in a course blending field research, experiential learning and NGSS standards with practical methods you can use in the classroom.

All NGSS courses are currently full. We'll be announcing 2020 NGSS training options (Costa Rica and Yellowstone!) If you'd like to be notified when these, and other, professional development courses become available, fill in the details below:

Course Description:
During this field-based course you will learn teaching strategies and tools developed by Ecology Project International (EPI) and Professional Learning Sessions from BEETLES (University of California - Berkeley) for creating and delivering authentic science lessons aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*. Through participation in authentic research and conservation projects, you will develop your ecological knowledge and hone your science process skills. You’ll learn strategies for helping your students observe, question, discuss and conduct independent scientific research. You’ll increase your comfort with lesson planning using NGSS, and better understand how to teach science in and out of the regular classroom. You will leave the course with a lesson plan you have created to use at home, a template for creating future lesson and/or unit plans on your own, and resources to support and guide you on your teacher journey.

Who Should Enroll?  This course is designed primarily for active science educators and school administrators. Much of the content will be focused on developing high school aged curriculum for Biology, but may be relevant other ages/disciplines. Informal environmental educators and students of education are also welcome to join.  The course content will have an emphasis on ecology, biology and life sciences but may be applicapble to other science disciplines as well.
For more information: See the PDFs above, read about EPI's Educational Framework, fill out the form or contact John Kamman (
Interested in learning when other professional development courses become available? Fill out the form below and we'll keep you posted:
*NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.
*BEETLES is a project at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.  BEETLES was not involved in the design of this course but has granted permission to use BEETLES materials


"The opportunity to engage as a learner, while also having time to reflect about how to share similar
experiences with your students
, was unique. I so appreciated every minute on the course."