iExplore Academy

Simplify your transition to the NGSS while implementing three dimensional exploration and discovery.

Engage your students and make learning stick. 

It's science teaching as it should be...

with support and simplicity.

Imagine a science classroom where students are thriving.

They work in small groups and are completely engaged in their learning.

You listen - "I think that this graph shows..." and "I wonder why there are so many...?"

They are immersed in the task at hand, and your job is simply to talk with them. You draw out their ideas, share your own observations, and ask questions to clarify what they tell you.

You don't have to stand and lecture. You don't have to fight for their attention or deal with constant interruptions and outbursts. You're not frustrated, annoyed, wondering why you became a teacher in the first place. 

You're excited to come to work. You're excited to see your students. You can't wait to see what they discover next. Your classroom is the amazing kind of noisy, the good kind of chaotic, the kind that shows true learning is happening.

It's a place you can be happy and content in a job you love.

You are seeing your students grow. You're hearing them talk about science. Their parents are hearing them talk about science. They are curious and thinking. They want to learn, and they don't want to leave your class.

You're making a difference. You're creating a generation of scientists and critical thinkers.

You're doing amazing things in your classroom.

And you're doing it through three dimensional discovery and exploration.

Your course and advice is saving me.

Missy I.

Middle School Teacher, New Hampshire

If only there were a way to spark student discovery...

> so your students were engaged and motivated MASTERS of their learning. 

> so each and every lesson yielded clear content and skill GAINS.

> so you could truly TEACH in three dimensions.

THERE IS.

IT STARTS WITH THE STANDARDS, BUILDS FROM PHENOMENA, IS DRIVEN BY A STORYLINE, AND ENGAGES STUDENTS IN THE THREE DIMENSIONS EACH AND EVERY DAY.

DISCOVERY-BASED LEARNING.

The iExplore Academy

Our professional development program walks you through each step of NGSS implementation through three-dimensional, discovery-based learning without the confusion and overwhelm. Our program offers...

A CLEAR PATH

Understand what the NGSS means for YOUR classroom - your content, your instruction, your students.

A SIMPLE PROCESS

Follow our step-by-step guide to develop instructional units designed to meet the demands of your school, district, or state.

A FLEXIBLE EXPERIENCE

Complete your professional development program on your schedule. Get the help you need when you need it.

Joining this community has been the best professional development I have ever done! Thank you!!!

Mercedes G.

Middle School Teacher, Wisconsin

Taking You From Explore To Aha!

You don't have to wander; you aren't lost.
Our workshops give you the roadmap. Let us walk you through it all.

Framing Your Curriculum

Build the backbone of your unit by bundling your standards, choosing your anchor, and creating your storyline.

Transforming Your Instruction

Embrace discovery-style learning by transforming your instruction. Guide your students to their Aha! through instructional sequences based on the 5E Model.

Beyond The Basics

Refine your style with supplementary courses that bring the heart of the three dimensions into all aspects of your classroom instruction and culture.

I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing work you are doing! I finished up parent teacher conferences today and so many were impressed and excited about what is happening in my classroom. The kids are talking about science at home and are loving science!! ... My students are thriving. I have never had a class so engaged and learning at this level ever before!! Thank you for all you do!

Cadena P.

Middle School Teacher, South Dakota

The NGSS is confusing...

It can be.

It means rethinking the way we teach science. It means revamping our approaches and understandings.  It means reconnecting with our students' natural curiosity and bringing meaningful learning into the classroom.

It isn't easy to do. And it's not easy to do alone.

But you don't have to.

For some reason, the way Nicole has presented the material has clicked with me more than any other resource I have found so far.

Kim G.

High School Teacher, Illinois

iExplore Academy Objectives & Outcomes

  • frame your course curriculum by bundling your standards, selecting anchor phenomena, creating cohesive storylines, and designing NGSS-aligned assessments.
  • outline your instructional sequences (aka units) to guide students, step-by-step, to understanding.
  • develop your unit activities (aka lessons) to foster exploration and discovery.
  • implement your lessons to engage students in discovery based learning and the key follow up, meaning-making.
  • continue your professional development with expansion courses and workshops, leadership opportunities, and community engagement.

Explore To Aha! 

It's time to engage your students in science discovery with the NGSS, but you're just not sure how to get there.

iExplore Academy is a professional development program designed to walk you through a classroom transformation that will lead your students from engagement to exploration to true scientific discovery.