Virtual NGSS Crash Course

The NGSS Partnership Series is excited to continue offering various opportunities for learning and collaboration around NGSS this academic year. In 2020-21, over 300 Tri-Association teachers and leaders attended our conferences. Not every science teacher or leader was able to attend, so our first offering of the year is to catch everyone up on NGSS foundations before our 2021-2022 events begin.

We are pleased to offer an NGSS Crash Course, three-week long, asynchronous course for teachers and administrators around NGSS.This course may be appropriate for teachers and leaders who:

  • May be new/beginning with NGSS 
  • Would like to gain foundational knowledge and skills to lead and teach NGSS 
  • Were not able to attend last years’ NGSS Partnership sessions/conferences 

Please take a look at the module content below to consider if this is an appropriate offering for you or your staff. 

The target audience for this course is Science teachers K-8, and 9-12 in Tri-Association member schools.   Administrators and curriculum leaders are also encouraged to attend to support decision-making and implementation.

This course is free of cost to member schools and will run from August 30 - September 19, 2021

This course is free for teachers/admin at all Tri-Association member schools and will run from August 30 - September 19. Teachers will complete the course at their own pace and will have access to NGSS leaders in the region for instruction and mentorship. It will take teachers approximately 3 hours per week to complete the course (for a total of nine hours of professional learning). At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of participation. More importantly, participants will shift their thinking around how to teach and learn science, understand the various components of NGSS, and receive access to exceptional NGSS resources. 

Please register by Aug. 16th at the latest



Heather Rich
Heather is the Elementary Instructional Coach for Science at ASF-Monterrey, from Nursery to Grade 5. She has also taught elementary aged kids in multiple international schools and in New York City public schools. Heather is trained in NGSS implementation, and ASFM is currently in its 4th year of teaching NGSS-aligned units.

Britta McCarthy
Britta is the Assistant Director of Learning for Curriculum Development at the Columbus School in Medellin, Colombia. She is a former teacher of secondary science and social studies and K-12 NGSS Science Coach. In addition to being a science nerd, she loves Design Thinking, sustainability, systems thinking, and Project Based Learning. She is native to Flagstaff, AZ but has lived and taught in Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Colombia. 

John Mark Filcik
John Mark is a middle school and high school science teacher and NGSS Lead at Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogota, Colombia. Prior to teaching in Colombia, John Mark taught science in the American public school system and worked with Teach for America.