FAQS for EQuIP Peer Review Panel:Science

 

What is the purpose of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science?

The goal of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science is to identify high-quality lessons and units that are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Building on the work of the peer review panels for mathematics and English Language Arts, the science peer reviewers will evaluate lessons and units in their area of expertise and, collectively, will cover K–12. Any lessons and units that are determined to be of high quality will be publicly shared via www.nextgenscience.org so that educators and curriculum developers, across all states and districts, can benefit from these materials.

How do I apply to be a member of the EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science?

Interested persons must complete this online application. The application period is September 6 – September 23, 2016.

Can I apply if I have not taught in a science classroom before, but have worked in science education?

Yes. Applicants will be selected based on their ability to make consistent, criterion-based evaluations using the latest EQuIP Rubric for Science. This will be the primary method for selecting peer reviewers and all interested persons are encouraged to apply.

Can I apply if I have never used the EQuIP Rubric for Science before?

Yes. Peer reviewers will be selected on their ability to make consistent, criterion-based evaluations using the latest EQuIP Rubric for Science. This will be the primary method for selecting peer reviewers and the application is open to anyone that would like to apply. Prior experience using the EQuIP Rubric for Science is not required.

What is the application process?

  1. Interested persons must complete this online application. (Application period is Sept. 6 – Sept. 23, 2016)
  2. Applicants will receive an email containing two grade-banded science lessons to review and one copy of the new EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3) to use as they evaluate both science lessons. 
  3. Applicants must submit their completed EQuIP rubric reviews for consideration. (Due no later than Sept. 23, 2016)
  4. Accepted applicants will be notified of their selection as a peer reviewer. (By Oct. 21, 2016)
  5. Selected peer reviewers must confirm their commitment and interest: (No later than Oct. 25, 2016)

How much time should I give to reviewing the two science lessons?

This varies depending on the applicant. If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to complete the online application as soon as possible so that you can receive the lessons and EQuIP Rubric, via email, beginning on September 7th. Please remember that your completed EQuIP Rubric will be due no later than September 23rd.

Are there different versions of the EQuIP Rubric for Science?

Yes. Importantly, the EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units: Science (Version 2.0)—with which many previous EQuIP users are familiar—has been updated for the peer review panel work.

Please note that selected peer reviewers will use only the latest EQuIP Rubric, Version 3.0, to evaluate lessons for quality and alignment to the NGSS. This updated rubric will be sent to all applicants along with the lessons they are to review. Version 3.0 will also be publicly available on www.nextgenscience.org

What is the commitment of a peer reviewer?

During November 15–16, 2016, peer reviewers will attend a mandatory two-day Kickoff Meeting which will also serve as the team’s first training session.

Additionally, each peer reviewer will commit to twelve days of service during their minimum one-year term, through a combination of virtual meetings, time spent independently reviewing collections, and at least one in-person meeting. Peer reviewers will complete a quality review for a minimum of ten collections each year and submit written, criterion-based feedback in a timely manner. A complete list of responsibilities will be provided to selected peer reviewers on October 21, 2016. 

While peer reviewers are committing to a one-year term, the work will be ongoing and there will be opportunities to extend their involvement.

Will my travel and lodging for the in-person meetings be covered?

Yes. All travel and lodging costs will be covered for the meetings.

What if I cannot attend the Kickoff Meeting in November 2016?

The Kickoff Meeting is an essential part of your commitment as a peer reviewer. The mandatory two-day meeting is an important time to introduce and orient the team, calibrate scoring across peer reviewers, and begin initial training for the year. Please apply only if you can attend the initial training.

Where will the Kickoff Meeting be held?

The Kickoff Meeting is currently scheduled to be held in Orlando, FL during November 15–16, 2016. Final details will be provided to selected peer reviewers on October 21, 2016.

What are the key dates to remember?

  • Open application period:  September 6–September 23, 2016
  • Applicants receive two science lessons and the EQuIP Rubric for Science (Version 3)
  • Applicants submit their completed EQuIP Rubric Forms: No later than September 23, 2016
  • Accepted peer reviewers are notified of selection for the panel: By October 21, 2016
  • Selected peer reviewers confirm their commitment and interest: No later than October 25, 2016
  • Kickoff Meeting for EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science: November 15–16, 2014

Additional Information

Please contact ngss@achieve.org for additional questions or comments.