College of Education

Impact on Science Education


2020 Summer Teacher Institutes are currently being restructured. 


We are hopeful that we will be able to offer professional development to teachers during the summer in an online format.


We are also looking to form PLCs in the upcoming months. If interested, please reach out to us through @ImpactSciEd on Twitter (DM) or e-mail to us at

Our Approach

PAGES (Progressing through the Ages: Global change, Evolution, and Societal well-being) is an ambitious Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-aligned curriculum development and K–12 teacher education program.

Our approach to curriculum development and teacher education is based on current science education research findings for improving teacher skills and student learning. Here are the core components of our approach:

  • Tackle important science ideas. Climate change is already affecting ecosystems and biodiversity today. In addition, 50% of Americans do not accept evolution, a core idea related to all life on Earth. PAGES curriculum will concentrate on these important topics while connecting to multiple science ideas within NGSS.
  • Support teachers. Many teachers are expected to develop curriculum and educate students on topics for which they have little background. PAGES’s uses the successful NGSX platform to support teacher education and curriculum development.
  • Connect content learning to relevant social topics. People learn content more readily when they can see how it is relevant to their own lives and society. Students learn PAGES’s science ideas through the context of topics related to societal well-being, such as human health and global food production.
  • Develop a progression of learning across all grades. Learning occurs when new ideas are built upon previous knowledge and understanding. PAGES involves teachers from—and will develop curriculum for—all grades in K–12.
  • Integrate all aspects of science learning. Supported by the best science education research findings, NGSS calls for the integration of science learning strands, including core ideas, practices, and cross-disciplinary concepts. This means students learn big science ideas through hands-on inquiry and investigations.

Want to be involved?

If you’re a K–12 science teacher in the United States, we may have upcoming opportunities that you can be involved with developing or testing the PAGES curriculum. Please contact us for more details.