Why can’t I have my GVC and supporting documents printed in a binder?

In all of our content areas we are moving away from printing GVC binders and towards sharing our curriculum resources via the Google Drive.  There are a couple of reasons for this shift:

  • We are able to hyperlink the GVC documents to give you greater access to lesson plans, background information, student pages and multi-media
  • We are able to devise a GVC document with more choices following a formative assessment or options for differentiation. Again, using hyperlinks, this allows a teacher to focus on the lesson pieces that are most relevant for his or her students.
  • We are able to make quick revisions or add resources more easily. Once a document is printed it becomes static, with a digital GVC we can add additional resources, Teacher Notes or fix broken hyperlinks easily.


Isn’t this just stuff from the internet?  Why isn’t it formatted similar to Science Anytime?

The curriculum team has been working to curate science lessons with strong alignment to the NGSS to supplement our Science Anytime curriculum and support a strong standards alignment within the GVC.  Rather than creating curriculum, we are using an adaptation protocol to select Open Educational Resources from credible sites.  You will see resources from NSTA, Better Lesson, Teach Engineering, NASA, the American Chemical Association and other sites with a vetting process to ensure alignment to NGSS.

Our curated lessons aren’t formatted to match Science Anytime for a couple of reasons.  In many cases the student worksheets and lab sheets are already a part of the lesson and to reformat them would be redundant.  Also, Science Anytime was specifically formatted to match the format of the 5th grade MSP, a test which will not be given after spring 2017.


Why aren’t there more rubrics and better assessments?

In this draft of the NGSS Adapted GVC, we are focusing on curating lessons that are aligned with NGSS and fill in gaps in Science Anytime. We are identifying Performance Expectations for summative assessments and, where they exist, we are including specific assessments and rubrics.  In the review process next year, we will be adding additional lessons for differentiation, additional assessments, and rubrics based on student work samples.


Can we use more of the state assessment language in worksheets and prompts for students?

This was a strength of the Science Anytime curriculum, that it was well-aligned to the MSP.  Washington State has not yet released items from the NGSS-based state assessment, which will be given across the state for the first time in spring 2018.  When we have released items we can use or on which we can base additional assessment items, those will be included in the GVC.



Why isn’t there professional development to support the new GVC?

In third – fifth grade, the biggest shift when considering NGSS is in instructional practices.  With that in mind, most of the available PD has been focused on instructional practices.  There are six online classes available:

  • Science Notebooks
  • Constructing Explanations in Science
  • Formative Assessment in Science
  • STEM Online
  • Science A to Z
  • NGSS 101

There are also two afterschool options available for professional development; iTeach STEM and Science-after-School workshops.  Prior to each of these events, a survey is sent out to registered participants and the content of the workshop is based on the needs assessment.  Please visit the Science Website for additional information.

Finally, Jen is available for small group and 1-on-1 professional development.  You can arrange for grade level support during Thursday morning collaboration, before / after school or during a prep period.


What if I need additional background knowledge or information to teach a unit or a lesson?

In talking with teachers using the NGSS adapted GVC’s and in reading the surveys embedded in each GVC, we’ve learned that we did not offer enough information or background support in the Teacher Notes column.  As you begin to teach the third trimester GVC’s, you should find more support in this area.  In addition, feel free to reach out to Jen via phone or email.  We are all called upon to be science generalists, which means we’re almost guaranteed to be asked to teach something outside our comfort zone and background knowledge.  Jen has additional resources to share and is available to meet in person to support your learning and teaching.