Research & Thought Leadership



Inspire Science’s phenomena-driven 5E lessons are designed to provoke student thinking and spark their creative problem-solving ideas. Each Middle School book includes 4 units and High School is all inclusive. Each unit includes 1-4 modules, and each module includes 2-5 lessons.

At the beginning of each module, students will be introduced to a STEM Module Project that they will complete at the end of the module, with stops at the end of each lesson for project planning.

5E Model Graphic

Page Keeley Probes

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Page Keeley’s Formative Assessment Science Probes present the lesson phenomenon in an engaging way to promote student thinking and discussion, revealing commonly-held preconceptions students bring to their learning to guide your differentiation strategies.

Differentiated Instruction

Students in a Lab

Differentiated options, strategies, and suggestions are embedded throughout every Inspire Science program. They include:

  • Page Keeley Probes to identify student misconceptions and complete formative assessments.
  • Personal Tutor videos that offer in-depth explanations of science concepts.
  • Reading Essentials levelled text to support struggling readers.
  • Dinah Zike’s Foldables® to support kinesthetic learning with engaging graphic organizers.

Learn More About the Pedagogy of Inspire Science From Our Expert Authors

Learn More about the Research Behind Inspire Science

Development of each version of Inspire Science begins with a research phase during which the authors review the most current research available related to how children learn. These white papers summarize some of the research behind the program.

Connecting Your K-12 Classroom to
Next Generation Science Standards

Connecting Your K-12 Classroom to Next Generation Science Standards

Using Formative Assessment to Uncover
How Students Think About Science

Using Formative Assessment to Uncover How Students Think About Science

Using a Claim, Evidence, and
Reasoning Platform With Next
Generation Science Standards

Using a Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning Platform With Next Generation Science Standards


Our Partners


Page Keeley

Page Keeley

Page Keeley, M.Ed. is a nationally-renowned expert on science formative assessment and teaching for conceptual change. She is the author of several award-winning books and journal articles on uncovering student thinking using formative assessment probes and techniques. She was the Science Program Director at the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance for 16 years and a past President of the National Science Teachers Association.

Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson

Anderson is an integrative STEM (iSTEM) coach, grant writer, adjunct, and educational consultant. His work in over 70 school districts in the last four years has yielded best practices for transitioning and sustaining STEM programming in K–12 in PA, NY, GA, and his home state of New Jersey. Chris spent his first 10 years in education as a K–12 Technology & Engineering teacher. By 2005, he was one of the first teachers in the country to incorporate a 3D Plastic Printer and Laser Cutter into his middle school curriculum. Chris was recognized by General Motors Corporation and Discovery Channel’s Education Division for leadership in sustainability education. Chris is an adjunct at The College of New Jersey and leads a consulting business for the region’s earliest adopters of NGSS.

Cheryl Simmers

Cheryl Simmers

Prior to becoming Principal of Rowanty Technical Center, Cheryl Simmers taught math at Sussex Central High School, her alma mater, and high school engineering and math at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School in Petersburg. She holds a BS in industrial engineering and operations research and an MS in industrial and systems engineering. Cheryl participates in panels and workshops to bring engineering into K–12 education and has been a featured author and co-author for three high school engineering textbooks.


Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Emily Miller is a writer for the “Diversity and Equity” and “Elementary” writing teams of the NGSS. She taught elementary and middle school science as an ESL and bilingual resource teacher at a Title 1 school for almost 20 years. Emily worked with World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) to expand and amplify can-do descriptors for English language proficiency benchmarks. She also helped to develop the NGSS-aligned Discourse Tools for ELLs as researcher on an NSF grant with the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.

Joyce Tugel

Joyce Tugel

Joyce Tugel is a K–12 STEM Education Specialist. Her work is primarily focused on teacher leadership, professional development in the areas of science curriculum, instruction and formative assessment, STEM integration, and implementation of the NGSS.

Dinah Zike

Dinah Zike

Dinah Zike, M.Ed., is an internationally renowned author, education consultant, and lecturer. She has invented hundreds of educational manipulatives (graphic organizers) that are used internationally by educators, trainers, and consultants. Dinah has developed over 200 supplemental educational books and materials used in homes and classrooms around the world. Her Foldables® are an exclusive feature of McGraw-Hill Education science programs.