January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Achieve Announces Launch of EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science – Apply Today!

Posted: Saturday, September 10th, 2016

Achieve is excited to announce the creation of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science.

The goal of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science will be to identify high-quality lessons and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Building on the work of the EQuIP peer review panels for mathematics and English Language Arts, the science peer reviewers will evaluate lessons and units in their area of expertise and, collectively, will cover grades K-12. Any lessons and units that are determined to be of high quality will be publicly shared via www.nextgenscience.org so that educators and curriculum developers across all states and districts can benefit from these materials. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Interested persons must complete this online application. (Application period is Sept. 6 – Sept. 23, 2016)
  2. Applicants will receive an email containing two grade-banded science lessons to review and one copy of the new EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3) to use as they evaluate both science lessons.
  3. Applicants must submit their completed EQuIP rubric reviews for consideration. (Due no later than Sept. 23, 2016)
  4. Accepted applicants will be notified of their selection as a peer reviewer. (By Oct. 21, 2016)
  5. Selected peer reviewers must confirm their commitment and interest. (No later than Oct. 25, 2016)

SELECTION PROCESS

While all interested persons are encouraged to apply, the application process is designed to evaluate applicant’s ability to apply the EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3.0) and reveal their understanding of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS. Applicants will be selected based on their ability to make consistent, criterion-based evaluations using the latest version of the EQuIP Rubric for Science.

Please note that the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science (Version 2.0) has been updated and looking ahead, selected peer reviewers will only use the new EQuIP Rubric (Version 3.0) to evaluate lessons for quality and alignment to the NGSSThe latest tool, Version 3.0, will be released to applicants (and available on www.nextgenscience.org).

THE COMMITMENT

The responsibilities of the peer reviewers will include:

  1. Convening in person at least once each calendar year, starting with a mandatory two-day Kickoff Meeting during November 15-16, 2016.
  2. Committing up to twelve days of service during the inaugural one-year term, through a combination of in-person and virtual meetings, as well as time spent independently reviewing collections.
  3. Completing a quality review process for a minimum of ten assigned reviews per year, including submitting written, criterion-based feedback in a timely manner.

While peer reviewers are committing to a one-year term, the work will be ongoing and there will be opportunities to extend their involvement. A full list of responsibilities will be provided to selected peer reviewers on October 21, 2016.

For answers to common questions, check out the FAQ: EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Achieve thanks Alcoa Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Pisces Foundation for their generous support of EQuIP for Science and for working to ensure all students have access to a quality science education.

Please contact ngss@achieve.org for additional questions or comments.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.