NGSS* White Papers
McGraw-Hill Education's NGSS White Papers are written by industry experts. These informative papers can help you learn more about the NGSS and how to integrate them into your classrooms.
Innovations and Implications of NGSS
What do I do with the Crosscutting Concepts?
The NGSS Science & Engineering Practices
NGSS & STEM Instruction
Twelve Core Ideas
Avatars and Instruction: How Pedagogical

McGraw-Hill Education offers a variety of on demand webinars to learn more about NGSS on your schedule and at your pace.

Accelerating Conceptual Understanding in K-5 Science Through Technology

Chad Dorsey, CEO of Concord Consortium shares expert advice on digital learning. Improve your students’ conceptual understanding through the innovative and interesting visualization that technology can offer in elementary classrooms. Learn how digital replication of phenomena that ordinarily would not be possible in classrooms will greatly benefit learning and prepare students for the needs of tomorrow.

Key Partners
We designed Inspire Science to be intuitive, comprehensive and fun. That’s why we partnered with The Concord Consortium and Filament Games to design and develop simulations and digital learning games to connect students to scientific concepts and real world application to-to deepen and reinforce conceptual understanding.

The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and digital learning organization focused on delivering the promise of technology for education in science, math and engineering. The Inspire Science simulations, created in partnership with The Concord Consortium, allow students to explore cause and effect in ways that scientists and engineers do in real life and enable them to model concepts otherwise not possible to explore in the classroom.

“Research-based models and simulations have a demonstrated ability to help students learn, particularly about concepts that they can’t easily experience directly,” said Chad Dorsey, President and CEO of Concord Consortium. “The scientifically accurate simulations we’ve co-developed for Inspire Science help make the invisible both visible and experiential to bring out the inner scientist in students and teachers alike.” – Chad Dorsey, CEO

Filament Games creates digital learning games and interactives designed to foster 21st-century skills through experiential learning. The immersive games included with Inspire Science, developed in partnership with Filament Games, enable students to “play” with the lesson concepts to deepen conceptual understanding.

“We’re thrilled to partner with McGraw-Hill on Inspire Science,” says Lee Wilson, CEO of Filament Games, “This curriculum is a fantastic, forward-thinking example of how our industry can embrace digital content to engage students and strengthen classroom practice.” – Lee Wilson, CEO
We worked with leading subject experts Page Keeley and Dinah Zike to develop content for Inspire Science. Drawing on their breadth of knowledge and their passion for science, they helped make Inspire Science engaging, informative and fun.

Page Keeley is the author of the well-known Page Keeley Science probes, formative assessment tools designed to uncover student misconceptions and get a clear picture of where students are in their understanding before the lesson begins to focus instruction and support. Each Inspire Science lesson begins with a Page Keeley Science probe that includes multiple points in the lesson experience to evaluate how students how students are progressing in their thinking as a result of the instruction.

“Research shows that formative assessment is one of the most effective ways to support conceptual learning. Formative assessment probes not only uncover what students are really thinking before and throughout the instructional process; they also inform instructional decisions while simultaneously promoting thinking, explanation construction, and argument. I am so pleased to develop probes for Inspire Science that will build a bridge between students' ideas and the rich, robust content they will learn.” – Page Keeley

Dinah Zike is an award-winning author, educator and inventor known for designing three-dimensional hands-on manipulatives and graphic organizers known as Foldables® and VKVs® (Visual Kinesthetic Vocabulary®). Dinah's kinesthetic learning aids are used nationally and internationally by teachers, parents and educational publishing companies. Each Inspire Science lesson includes a Foldable and several VKVs which are used to reinforce the terminology and key concepts needed to understand and enhance science and engineering classroom experiences.

“Students visiting a museum do not run to boards of displayed text, but they will run to raise a hinged board to discover what is underneath. Much as a science and engineering museum has interactive exhibits, the Foldables featured in the exciting new Inspire Science program provide students with interactive self­questioning activities, while the VKVs allow students to create, manipulate and master science terminology.” – Dinah Zike
Dr. Jay Hackett

Dr. Jay Hackett, a science educator and veteran McGraw-Hill Education elementary school science author, is an emeritus professor of earth sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. As a professor on loan to the National Research Council, he assisted in the development of Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. He is a past recipient of the William R. Ross Science Award as an Honored Alumnus of the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Richard Moyer

Dr. Richard Moyer, award-winning educator and science author, is an emeritus professor of science education and natural sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and has been an elementary and middle school science author for McGraw-Hill Education for over 32 years. He is the co-author of Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning, a book that looks at the engineering of the simple devices we use daily. He and Dr. Hackett are co-authors of the college science methods book, Teaching Science as Investigations.

Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez

Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez has been a classroom teacher, a district science specialist, an adjunct professor, VP & Programs Director for STEM Initiatives at Helios Education Foundation and currently is a STEM Education Consultant. She is the Past President of the National Science Teachers Association and the National Science Leadership Association and is the only K-12 teacher ever to be appointed to the National Science Board. She received the 2007 New York Academy of Science’s “Willard Jacobson Award” for major contribution to the field of science education and was the 2004 NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) honoree for her contributions to improving education.

Dr. Dorothy J.T. Terman

Dr. Dorothy J.T. Terman is a veteran McGraw-Hill Education author and currently serves as a consultant in inquiry-based science curriculum implementation. For 21 years, Dorothy was Science Coordinator for California’s Irvine Unified School District. She has expertise in gender equity in education, having worked with astronaut Sally Ride in Dr. Ride’s efforts to encourage girls’ interest in science and engineering. Dorothy has received many awards, including the Ohaus Award from the National Science Teachers Association for Innovation in Elementary Science Education.

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