The ASET Toolkit is a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) planning toolkit designed to help science educators plan lessons and units that integrate the 3 dimensions outlined in the Framework (NRC, 2012). The tools are not meant to be used in isolation, but with peers to promote discourse for understanding the goals and aligning instruction for the NGSS.

The toolkit includes:

  • Dialogic tools that foster and support deepening awareness and understanding of how to make the significant shifts in instruction, learning, and formative assessment required by the new science reform documents, and
  • Analytical tools for revising existing and/or developing new curriculum that better supports 3-dimensional teaching, learning, and formative assessment of student learning.

The toolkit was developed by the ASE NIC as part of the Next Gen ASET Project.

The toolkit

Click on the tools below for more information about them and tips on how to best utilize them

A one-page graphic organizer to help ground discussions of curriculum and instruction in the dimensions of the NGSS, while linking these to larger topics generally discussed as part of instructional planning.

    Tool Quick Links

    3-Dimensional Planning Tool (3D Map)

    Science and Engineering Practice Tools by grade band (SEP Tools)

    Click here to access the set of SEP Tools designed for use in the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) program workshops

    NOTE: This toolkit is continually evolving and may have changes or additions made as new resources are developed.