Monthly Archives: July 2015

STEM Teaching Toolkit

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future’s (NCTAF) Learning Studios program has produced a toolkit to help K-12 district curriculum coordinators and teacher-leaders improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum design through authentic, collaborative, PBL experiences. The toolkit provides a set of design and evaluation tools, protocols, rubrics, and case studies to help education stakeholders improve STEM curriculum and make connections to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in three ways: by engaging outside content experts to bring real-world content, data, and experiences into teaching and learning; by developing cross-curricular teams that explore STEM integration; and by integrating subject areas to strengthen science learning for all students. See

“Freebies for Science Teachers”. NSTA Reports. Summer 2015. Volume 27, No. 1. 


Take Action Project (TAP)

TAP is a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum that guides students through the process of taking informed and effective action on a science-related issue of their choice. Developed by California middle level educators Sue Boudreau and Karen Snielsen and others, the curriculum emphasizes critical-thinking and workplace skills. Students complete their chosen PBL projects within a traditional school schedule, taking about 20 lessons spread over a semester. Boudreau describes how she implements the curriculum in her classroom, providing a useful model for interested educators to follow, in the blog at (click on TAP Curriculum in the list of categories).

“Freebies for Science Teachers”. NSTA Reports. Summer 2015. Volume 27, No. 1. 

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