I have a much better understanding of NGSS and how to implement it in my classroom
It Takes a Mentor (by Thomas L. Friedman)
With millions of students returning to school — both K-12 and college — this is a good time to review the intriguing results of some research that Gallup did over the past year, exploring the linkages between education and long-term success in the workplace. That is: What are the things that happen at a college or technical school that, more than anything else, produce “engaged” employees on a fulfilling career track? According to Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup’s education division, two things stand out. Successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors and took a real interest in their aspirations, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.
Read the full article by Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/opinion/thomas-friedman-it-takes-a-mentor.html?rref=opinion&module=Ribbon&version=context®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&pgtype=article&_r=3