AU hosts NGSS and ELA Common Core Standards workshop for area teachers

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards: Fulfilling the Shared Responsibility

On Tuesday, April 23, Aurora University hosted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core Standards: Fulfilling the Shared Responsibility, a workshop for area elementary, middle and high school teachers. The workshop was designed by experts in the NGSS and ELA Common Core Standards, and facilitated by educators that have undergone training in implementation of these standards.

NGSS is an initiative led by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve that focuses on developing K–12 science standards across all disciplines and grades with the goal of providing all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The ELA Common Core Standards focus on creating the next generation of K-12 standards in order to ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.

The workshop was attended by approximately 50 local educators, who were provided with an overview of science and literacy standards, with an emphasis upon their cross-disciplinary intersections. Focus was placed on how to best design curricula in the sciences that emphasize literacy development, and how to best implement literacy standards in the language arts that reinforces student achievement in sciences.

“The main goal of the workshop was to help teachers from various disciplines view the common core standards in science and literacy as an integrated curriculum rather than as disjointed subjects,” said Saib Othman, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Educators participated in hands-on activities and collaborative discussions throughout the workshop to further explore implementation of the standards with colleagues across academic disciplines and grade levels.