Traci Loftin, an Elementary School Science Facilitator in the WCSD Department of Curriculum & Instruction, has started her second year as a peer reviewer on Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel (PRP), a group of expert educators working to evaluate instructional materials designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The Science PRP was created by Achieve in fall 2016 to evaluate lesson sequences and units designed for the NGSS and share high quality-examples online. One of the biggest challenges in NGSS implementation around the country is a lack of high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS. The Science PRP addresses this problem by evaluating free and publicly-available materials with the nationally-respected EQuIP Rubric for Science, identifying high-quality examples, and posting them publicly for the education community — both teachers and publishers — to see what materials faithfully designed for the NGSS actually look like.
Traci and 38 others were chosen to join the Science PRP in its inaugural year from nearly 600 initial applications in a two-stage, rigorous application process after demonstrating extensive knowledge of the NGSS and a critical eye for high-quality materials designed for the NGSS.
In the Science PRP’s second year, 13 new members have been accepted into the network after another rigorous application process. Traci will continue to serve on the panel in its second year along with 50 other passionate educators with whom she can build a powerful community and share ideas and resources.
To learn more, check out the Science Peer Review Panel website.