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CaMSP December 2016 Newsletter

Lesson Rubric - National POWER Project

In many projects, teachers are creating NGSS aligned lessons and units. National’s POWER Project Evaluation Rubric for Units of Learning is used in a variety of ways to assist the development of high quality NGSS curriculum.


First, the teachers use this tool as a guide while creating units of learning. Teachers review the units using four categories:

Overview, Background and Context


NGSS Learning Sequence

Learning Opportunities for the Integration of CA Standards

The project’s team also uses the rubric to give ongoing feedback to teachers during the unit creation process. When the units are complete, the teachers present them to another grade level who also use the rubric as a guide for the feedback they provide to presenting teachers. Teachers use this feedback to finalize their units.

The rubric is used in tandem with the project’s Power Observation tool, which was highlighted in a previous newsletter article. The rubric is based on elements of the observation tool, and the two contain similar components for both the units and what is observed in the classroom by the projec'ts team. According to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Project Director, “These tools help teachers by being very explicit in what the units should contain and how instruction is delivered.” The units of learning are to be completed in April 2017.