Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

NGSS Supports

NGSS Collaborative

CSME has provided comprehensive professional learning experiences to support implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) since their publication in 2013, prior to their adoption by the State of Illinois. The projects described below highlight the work that we have been engaged in since their publication,

The NGSS Collaborative Project (2013-2016) funded a partnership between CSME, schools from CPS Network 3, CPS Network 7, and select Big Shoulders Fund-supported Archdiocese schools.

The NGSS Collaborative brought three universities, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Big Shoulders Fund together to provide professional development (PD) supports and guidance for teachers, administrators, and districts. The mission of the NGSS Collaborative was to ensure that all students have access to and receive a rigorous, high-quality science education as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards. Activities that support this mission include professional development workshops and in-school coaching.

This project was supported by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


See our Video Library for interviews, implementation, and classroom discourse from this project.


Building NGSS Capacity in Schools


Building on our NGSS Collaborative project, we worked intensively with science grade-band leaders and administrators in a dozen schools to support a coherent vision of science instruction aligned with the NGSS. In addition to quarterly cross-school professional learning community sessions, science coaches helped facilitate monthly science vertical team meetings and quarterly science leadership team meetings. The meetings focused on disseminating NGSS-aligned instructional strategies and building a sustainable culture for whole-school implementation of NGSS through

  • Increasing collaboration between science teachers
  • Utilizing formative assessment strategies in science
  • Developing a long-term science vision and strategy for the school

This work was funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.


I-STEM Science Area Partnership

Loyola University supported teachers from select schools as part of an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Science Area Partnership (SAP), part of ISBE's I-STEM program. The Loyola SAP included three years of summer institutes and follow-up PD offered through a collaboration with the Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Science and funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. This PD was part of a statewide effort to improve STEM education through teacher professional development in the context of CCSS and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).