Category Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

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Teacher Professional Learning: Transforming Teacher Practice






I encourage STEM educators (and administrators) across the U.S. to read and understand Science Teachers’ Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts, a terrific report just released by the National Academies of Science (NAS), Engineering and Medicine. The National Academy report illuminates practical recommendations and lays out the supportive environment and professional learning experiences teachers need […]

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More Than 200 Vetted Classroom Resources on the NGSS@NSTA Hub






With the creation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) came the question of “What does NGSS-based instruction look like in my classroom, and where will I find the instructional resources for teaching the new standards?” So NSTA put out a call and pulled together a group of 55 educators, myself included, called NGSS@NSTA Curators. […]

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NSTA Leader Shares NGSS Expertise at International Conference with Chinese Science Educators






Shanghai is a 13,558 miles round-trip from my home in Chandler, Arizona, and a continent away from my comfort zone. Though flashbacks of 1966’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (everything that could go wrong, did!) played in my head while trying to obtain my Visa (thank you Ted Willard for […]

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K–5 and the Next Generation Science Standards—Webinars






The free webinars by National Science Teachers Association experts, Carla Zembal-Saul, Mary Starr, and Kathy Renfrew, will guide us to a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Read more about them and register to attend here.  July 22Teaching NGSS in K–5: Constructing Explanations from Evidence July 29Teaching NGSS in K–5: Teaching NGSS in K–5: […]

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Name Your Resource






Just about four years ago, A Framework for K-12 Science Education appeared on the scene, and just over two years ago the Next General Science Standards were published and released.  Since that time, there has been much effort put into and collective cognitive focus on the best way to educate all stakeholders about the standards, […]

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How Arkansas Adopted the NGSS

Last week Arkansas celebrated the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K–8 students and work is ongoing for 9–12. We’ve had a strong connection with the NGSS since work began to develop them in 2011. Arkansas was designated as a Lead State along with 25 other states and we were fortunate to […]

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Discover the NGSS: A New Portal to Exploring and Understanding






The movie The Never Ending Story captivated me as a kid. A young child borrowed an old book from a bookstore and stowed away in his school’s attic rather than going to class. From the moment the child opened the book, the story began to unfold: Through the text and illustrations, the young boy was transported […]

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NGSS for All Students






The Next Generations Science Standards (NGSS) are intended for all students, and that is why the NGSS Appendix D is subtitled: All standards, all students. Science for all students should be at the core of NGSS implementation for those states that have adopted the NGSS and for those that consider adoption. Science education for all […]

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Planning Your Science Curriculum Using NSTA’s Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS






Science teachers frequently ask for help using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in their work planning curriculum and instruction. As the curator of materials for the NSTA Press book series Quick-Reference Guides to the NGSS, I thought about how NSTA could best help with this broad task. The good news is, we have targeted […]

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Building NGSS Capacity at #NSTA15






The 2015 NSTA National Conference on Science Education (held in Chicago, March 12-15) was a great opportunity for educators to build their capacity for understanding and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  In Thursday’s featured presentation (The Key to Implementing the NGSS? Teachers!), Dr. Stephen Pruitt described this capacity-building journey as a path toward […]

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