Best Book of Summer
If you have not heard of this book yet, I highly suggest you give it a read. I have always been an educator that values student choice, but this book has made me reconsider how to truly allow students to own their learning. The goal of the curriculum found on this website is to provide equity and access to the NGSS for all students through student-directed differentiation. This means that not all students are going to learn the same way, need the same supports, or take the same amount of time. We want to build students who know how to own their learning and be innovative in their work through making their own decisions. These skills will forever help them in their future.
Cari Williams is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) for the Tustin Unified School District in Southern California. She holds a MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Cal State Fullerton and works on the side as a consultant writing science and STEAM curriculum and training teachers. After working for 12 years in the classroom as a middle school science and STEAM teacher, she transitioned into the role of Digital Learning Coach in 2013. In this role, Cari helped teachers innovate curriculum and shift pedagogies through the integration of educational technologies. Her most current work as a TOSA is focused on engineering design in robotics, computer science, and Makerspaces. She is an official VEX Robotics event partner hosting tournaments for teams from around Southern California as well as leading 28 robotics programs servicing over 100 teams in the Tustin Unified School District. Although her expertise has taken her deep into STEAM education, she remains passionate and engaged in helping teachers transition to the NGSS through participating as a Science Peer Review Panelist for Achieve and as a Professional Learning Facilitator for NSTA.