The Triad Project builds university and school district partnerships to create the next generation of science educators. Each Triad consists of science teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and science education professors who simultaneously engage in professional development around the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The Triads work collaboratively over a semester to design, implement, reflect upon, revise and submit a field-tested integrated instructional NGSS unit. The units are designed using a template created by science educators at CSU Chico. Each freely downloadable NGSS 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, core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts. Each unit also contains formative and summative assessments, rubrics, and student work samples.