Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

NGSS Supports

NGSS Collaborative

Through the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Collaborative, Loyola University partners with schools from CPS Network 3, CPS Network 7, and select Big Shoulders Fund-supported Archdiocese schools.

The NGSS Collaborative is a partnership between three universities, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the Big Shoulders Fund to provide professional development (PD) supports and guidance for teachers, administrators, and districts. The mission of the NGSS Collaborative is 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 is supported by the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


4th Grade Science: Productive Classroom Discourse

7th Grade Science: Productive Classroom Discourse

Principal Interview: Supporting NGSS Implementation

Teacher PLC: Formative Assessment Consensus Discussions


Building NGSS Capacity in Schools


Building on our NGSS Collaborative project, we work 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 help facilitate monthly science vertical team meetings and quarterly science leadership team meetings. The meetings focus 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 is funded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Searle Funds of the Chicago Community Trust.


I-STEM Science Area Partnership

Loyola University supports 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 includes 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 is 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).