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MSPnet Academy: District & School Implementation of NGSS Through Curriculum Adaptation & Development


Bell and Wingert, from the Research+Practice Collaboratory, will share ideas, lessons learned, and resources from design partnerships that have been implementing the new vision for K-12 science education. Many of these resources are housed in a collection of open education resources called STEM Teaching Tools ( and also at They will outline how a curriculum adaptation approach to professional development can help teachers understand and implement aspects of the new vision while developing equity-focused instructional materials to support the learning goals of NGSS. These are district-level efforts that seek to engage all students, especially emerging bilingual students, through curriculum adaptation, the development of formative assessments, and the use of discourse strategies. They will highlight how research-practice partnerships between school districts, education researchers, and scientists/engineers can support this kind of implementation work.

Philip Bell is a professor of education at the University of Washington and holds the Shauna C. Larson Chair in Learning Sciences. He is executive director of the UW Institute for Science and Math Education focused on equity-focused innovation in K-12 STEM education. He served on the committee that authored the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education used to guide development of Next Generation Science Standards and was a member of the Board of Science Education with the National Academy of Sciences.

Kerri Wingert is a graduate researcher and Ph.D. Candidate in Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Washington. She studies how students and teachers learn to "speak science," with particular attention to culturally and linguistically diverse and immigrant students.