Project ESTEEM is a professional learning project for K-6 teachers and principals that promotes understanding of Next Generation Science Standards, as well as school, university, and community partnerships for elementary education throughout northeastern California. Professional learning is centered on applying the NGSS through development science-based, integrated instructional units by cross-district grade-level teams of teachers and principals.
Each team designed, implemented, revised, and submitted field-tested NGSS-aligned units over a two-year professional learning process. The units follow a template created by science educators at CSU, Chico. Each freely downloadable unit includes a chart of lesson plans, along with support materials all geared towards engaging students deeply in all three dimensions of the NGSS: science and engineering standards, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.