I just returned a few days ago from attending the NSTA 2017 national conference in Los Angeles. I spent most of my time attending sessions in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) strand, given my on-going standards-based curriculum-design work with schools and districts.
Given National Learning and Development month is coming to a close, it is important to remember that students are not the only ones who need to focus on continuous learning in and beyond the classroom.
I started teaching before there were education standards. Now districts, parochial schools, private schools, and charter schools use standards created, adopted, or adapted by states or private organizations.
Regardless of the types of curriculum design your educational system embraces (homegrown, OER, or vendor-purchased), empowering educators to become standards professionals is imperative. To ensure such empowerment, provide your teachers with: