NGSS 101 is your beginner's crash course in these multi-dimensional standards for K-12 education. In this self-paced class, I'll go into detail about the three dimensions of the NGSS and the nature of science.

The course includes:

  • Evergreen access to the videos and instructional materials
  • Videos that break down the standards for you in 15-minute (or less) segments for easy viewing 
  • Tons of science-related posters and instructables
  • Community support from the Qi Learning Academy team and your instructor, Dr.Yen Verhoeven


CEO and Founder

Dr. Yen Verhoeven

Dr. Yen is a learning theorist with over 21 years of experience teaching science and education to thousands of people from all ages. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, and is a certified online instructional designer and program evaluator. Prior to becoming the founder and CEO of Qi Learning Research Group and the STEAM Café, Dr. Yen was a college biotechnology department chair and pharmacy technology co-chair, a high school science teacher, and a lab manager. She has a serious coffee addiction and in her spare time, she plays Beat Saber with her sons.

Prepare your students to be scientifically literate citizens

Learn everything you need to know to incorporate these standards into your classroom

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the course!

    • A message from Dr. Yen

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Lesson 1: NGSS Purpose and Overview

    • NGSS Purpose and Overview

    • NGSS Overview Assignment

    • Test your learning of the NGSS Overview

  • 3

    Lesson 2: The Three Dimensions of the NGSS

    • The NGSS in 3D

    • Test your learning of the NGSS

  • 4

    Lesson 3: The Science and Engineering Practices

    • Understanding the Science and Engineering Practices

    • Optional Reading

    • SEP Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of the SEPs

  • 5

    Lesson 4: The Disciplinary Core Ideas

    • The Disciplinary Core Ideas

    • Optional DCI Reading

    • DCI Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of the DCIs

  • 6

    Lesson 5: The Crosscutting Concepts

    • The Crosscutting Concepts

    • Using the CCCs to identify cross-curricular connections

    • CCC Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of the CCCs

  • 7

    Lesson 6: The Performance Expectations

    • Understanding Performance Expectations

    • NGSS for K-5

    • Optional PE Reading

    • PE Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of the PEs

  • 8

    Lesson 7: The Nature of Science

    • The NOS

    • Resources

    • NOS Optional Readings

    • NOS Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of the NOS

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Teaching in 3D

    • Pulling it all together to teach in 3D

    • Optional Reading

    • 3D Quiz Discussion

    • Test your learning of 3D teaching

  • 10

    Bonus: How the NGSS are different (and more awesome) than other standards

    • How NGSS is different from other standards

    • Readings to share with others

  • 11

    Next steps

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Equip your students with the skills they need to pursue a career in STEM

In less than three hours, learn all that you need to know about NGSS in order to apply them in your classroom

Course Testimonials

See what other educators have to say

This is my first time learning about the NGSS. It really opened my eyes to so many useful ideas/information that I would be able to use to enhance my learning and teaching. It is a great way to also see how the NGSS works for other educators in different subject areas. ~Joyce

This class is just what I needed to learn about the NGSS. ~Gretchen

I have learned from the interesting wealth of information for changing my teaching and giving me an operational base with the NGSS and 3D teaching/learning. ~Virginia