Design an NGSS Unit


Since the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) first formed, more than 200 teachers have learned what NGSS requires them to do and how to do it — while also fostering students’ enthusiasm and natural curiosity about the environment around them.

“This experience both reinforced my knowledge of the standards and deepened my knowledge of the standards. It also provided me with many resources that can help in this process. I felt empowered.” — 2016 Participant

Title Design an NGSS Unit
Date(s) Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018
Time 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
SMELC supports K-8 teachers to develop student-centered and science-based units of study that are:
  • focused on investigating local phenomenon and environmental topics;
  • NGSS standards-based, and connected to California's Environmental Principles & Concepts; and,
  • grounded in Problem- and Project-Based Learning strategies with an environmental service learning outcome.

Benefits Teachers Receive for Participating:

  • A $750 stipend upon completion of the program in January 2019
  • An understanding of the core concepts and three-dimensional learning at the heart of NGSS and confidence to teach inquiry- and phenomenon-based science
  • The ability to successfully use project-based learning strategies and integrated learning strategies
  • Connect with local environmental education providers, instructional resources, and outdoor experiences to enhance classroom teaching
  • Increased student engagement and comprehension
  • Greater and lasting educational impact on your students
  • The chance to collaborate and share best practices with fellow teachers within your cohort, and the greater network of past SMELC participants

Benefits to Students with SMELC Teachers

  • Increased motivation to learn, including enthusiasm for and interest in school
  • Knowledge gains across multiple disciplines, including environmental topics, science, history-social studies, and more
  • Academic skills, critical thinking, oral communication, analytical skills, problem solving, and higher-order thinking
  • Familiarity and comfort with the outdoors and a sense of stewardship for nature
  • Emotional and social skills, such as self-esteem, character development, team work, and leadership skills
  • Knowledge, skills, and experiences to act individually and collectively on environmental service and stewardship

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