High School: New Visions for Public Schools: Discovering New Worlds

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About New Visions for Public Schools

For over three decades, New Visions for Public Schools has been a driving force for improvement to New York City’s public education system. Founded in 1989, our mission is to ensure that all New York City public school students, regardless of race or economic class, have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the rigors of college and the workforce. New Visions developed the course map for a High School Earth & Space Science course designed to NGSS, and this first unit of the course, in partnership with New York City public school teachers and other collaborators. Learn more about curriculum co-design partners here

Score: 8

Awarded the NGSS Design Badge

Science Discipline: Physical Science, Earth and Space Science

Length: Unit

Year Reviewed: 2021

For almost 12,000 years, Earth has been an ideal place for humans and other life to evolve. But a once very livable Earth is becoming less livable due to human-caused stresses to Earth’s systems. After brainstorming possible solutions, students investigate the possibility of finding another Earth-like home in our galaxy. Students develop a model to explain what makes Earth an ideal place for us to live by analyzing data sets, simulations, and mathematical models and identifying evidence for patterns of star stability and planetary motion at different scales. They use their models and explanations to consider other solar systems and to argue from evidence about which exoplanet is most Earth-like.

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NGSS Design Badge

Awarded:Feb 9, 2022

Awarded To: New Visions for Public Schools: Discovering New Worlds


The NGSS Design Badge is awarded only to the version of this unit that was reviewed. If any modifications are made to this unit, the revised version cannot be promoted as having earned the badge.

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