NGSS Releases Overview for Principals
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Amidst the business and staff management, board meetings, community outreach and disciplinary actions the typical school principal handles, it's easy to forget that they also serve as the educational leads for their schools, including helping to promote the adoption of learning standards. To help them understand the Next Generation Science Standards, the organization behind those efforts has issued a guide specifically for principals.
The "NGSS Overview for Principals" is a two-page document that lays out what the standards are, explains how their adoption will change science education, and offers suggestions for how principals can support the implementation, as well as pitfalls to avoid. Links in the document refer to specific text in the National Academies Press Guide on NGSS, available free for download online.
"The resource underscores the principal's crucial role in promoting quality science education and offers practical strategies that can be incorporated into existing school plans," NGSS noted in a statement about the resource.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.