NGSS MTOC Team Update

December 2015

A Time to Reflect

In the spirit of this time of the year, we would like to thank you for your involvement in our community. You are greatly appreciated.

We have listened and observed to lay the foundation for a plan to guide us through the next few months (of course, open to suggestion and iteration based on your feedback).

We are excited to continue working on our blogging project products as well as begin working on a new collaborative product to use for our own professional learning as well as to lead and facilitate the professional learning of others. This new product will be introduced in a whole group meeting over the holiday break. Please complete the doodle poll to help us choose a date.

As we look forward to the new year, let’s take a look at what we have accomplished.

Next Steps


Our goal for the fall was to publish our first individual or collaborative blog post. To work towards this end, we familiarized ourselves with our #NGSSblogs project and hashtag and explored the blogs of others. We are so excited about the risk-taking and blog sharing that took place in November. Please share, retweet, comment on, and promote the collaborative blog as well as the individual blogs shared to the #NGSSblogs hashtag in November. We are excited to continue this work (more info to come after the debrief in the December meetings).

Blogging Group Tasks

  1. Reflect on your NGSS learning/classroom then write and post a blog to #NGSSblogs once a month.

  2. Commit to supporting others by reading and commenting, retweeting/reposting the blogs of others on the hashtag once a week.

  3. Please read 1 blog per week and comment if you feel comfortable.

  • Pick a quote from the blog or summarize in a few words and tweet the post to #NGSSblogs out of your Twitter account.

  • RT the blog (with your profile pic) out of the @NGSSblogs account (PW trishandpatky)

Social Media

As creators in a virtual community, it was important that we connect ourselves to others who are working for science education as well as the field of science educators who are hungry to learn. Our goals this fall were to explore how we can ripple the NGSS message and facilitate learning while we also learn ourselves. Below are our monthly Social Media tasks that we will continue and build on by connecting these to our blogs project.

  1. Participate in #ngsschat live events on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 9 PM ET

  2. Tweet to a hashtag in each category (below) at least once a week


  • When you find an #NGSS, science, or education resource that would benefit others, share your link to #NGSSchat


  • Please share your classroom (tweets, pics, media/videos) to #Sci4allSs and #AllS2

Teacher Leadership

  • When you find something that will help us grow as teacher leaders, please share it to #NGSSmtoc


  • Please share your blog to #NGSSblogs or RT a blog on the #NGSSblogs hashtag

Community Managemet

The past several months the community management group has been working to support the community through effective communication. We are wrapping up and posting the bios to our webpage on We are working along with the other groups to support each other through social media. For the next couple of weeks we are supporting the relaunch of #NGSSblogs by changing our twitter photos in order show your support. If you are interested please let us know.

Community Management Tasks

  1. Please continue to check your emails throughout the month regarding MTOC business

  2. If you feel disconnected or overwhelmed please reach out and communicate. We are here to offer support.

On the Horizon

Small Group Meetings

Twitter group meeting Tuesday December 15, 2015 at 8 PM ET

Blogging Group Doodle Poll for next meeting: Our new doodle poll link is listed below.

CM Group meeting will take place December 14 at 8pm ET


Friday, Jan. 22nd 2016 at 8am

Bowling Green, KY, United States

Bowling Green, KY

Our presentation was accepted for ECET2KY! We are excited that on January 22, 2016 we will be sharing our NGID journey with other educators in the state in a presentation. Please join us. Your role can be as big as you are comfortable with. Planning and delivering a presentation is great leadership training. Complete the Google form if you are interested in joining the planning process, the presentation on Jan 22, or both.

Middle School Twitter Chat

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 8:30pm

This is an online event.

Middle School twitter chat moderated by our very own Patrick Goff!

High School Twitter Chat

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 8:30pm

This is an online event.

High School twitter chat moderated by our very own Sarah Orear

NGSS Twitter Chat

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Join us for #ngsschat


Saturday, March 26th 2016 at 8am to Monday, March 28th 2016 at 1pm

54 Beechwood Road

Fort Mitchell, KY

Register for this fantastic personalized professional learning experience in NKY at the Eventbrite link below:

Talk Conference

Monday, June 13th 2016 at 8am to Tuesday, June 14th 2016 at 5pm


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