Category Archives: Next Generation Science Standards

Stay informed about progress in formulating and implementing the new science education standards. Click on a headline to read the entire post.

Next Gen Navigator Makes Its Debut






NSTA is all about supporting teachers in understanding and implementing three-dimensional instruction in their classrooms. The first edition of the Next Gen Navigator, a new monthly e-newsletter from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) out this week will help us do just that. It is an ideal name as we think about how we will […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

On the journey to NGSS, follow the path that works for you






Every teacher of science in a school in which NGSS is being implemented is engaged in a transition to standards that are very different from what they are familiar with. This can spark many emotions, including excitement, fear, inspiration, fear, and more excitement. It is a journey in which things are going well, and then […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

Permission to stumble on the road to successful implementation of NGSS






So what’s the connection between growth mindset and NGSS? It begins with our own mindsets. We need to know that the implementation of NGSS will be hard work. We will struggle, have a small success, then find ourselves back in the struggle again. For example, you taught a lesson on transfer of energy, and you […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

What’s So Special About Disciplinary Core Ideas? (Part 3)






DCIs Develop Across Time The first two blogs in my series on disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) focused on how DCIs form a conceptual framework and that DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena. In this final blog I’d like to focus on an important idea reflected in A Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | 1 Response

What’s So Special about Disciplinary Core Ideas (Part 2)






DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena Last month I talked about how disciplinary core ideas (DCIs) form a conceptual framework. Now, I’d like to explore the idea that DCIs provide explanations for a variety of phenomena. Phenomena are reoccurring events that occur in the world. That an object falls to the lower point […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

What’s so Special about Disciplinary Core Ideas? (Part 1)






I still remember the day Helen Quinn asked if she could visit me at the University of Michigan where I was a professor to discuss the Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) and possible roles I might play in its development. I was honored that I was being considered to lead the team on coming […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | 2 Responses

Help Us Name NSTA’s New NGSS Newsletter






Science teachers, you’ve spoken up about your Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation needs, and NSTA has listened. Thanks to the input of many of you, NSTA is moving forward on a new resource to help you get your arms around the expanding amount of information, tools, and perspectives on implementing the new standards. In […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

New NSTA Infographic Explores How Today’s Students Learn Science






As a member of the NSTA communications team, I often field questions from a wide variety of audiences—teachers, parents, school and district leaders, business leaders and reporters—about the exciting new developments in science teaching and learning promoted in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education. For sure, there is […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Leave a comment

How to Evaluate NGSS Lessons and Units with the New Improved EQuIP Rubric for Science






The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the degree to which lessons and units are designed for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The rubric is a joint project of Achieve, Inc., and NSTA and was originally released shortly after the NGSS were finalized. The purpose of the rubric and review […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Changes in How We See Scientific Inquiry






Ask 20 teachers what scientific inquiry is and it’s possible you’ll receive 20 different answers. From a series of proscribed steps to a lab-based free-for-all, conceptions have shifted over time. In the National Research Council’s (NRC) 1996 National Science Education Standards (NSES), inquiry held a prominent position as its own content area, but the term […]

Posted in Next Generation Science Standards | Tagged , , | 14 Responses